Course Provider: Trading Places: Traditional Craft Courses
Contact Name: Mark Wood
Telephone: 01933 460 985
Rockingham Forest Trust
Course Length: One day
4.8 star rating, 10 reviewers.
This one day course introduces the basic skills of Blacksmithing, a trade that used to be found in every village and was at the heart of countryside life for hundreds of years. You will learn about managing the forge and heating your steel to around 1200 degrees Celsius. Discover the techniques of drawing down and shaping the metal on the anvil – then bending, forming and quenching your work until it is transformed from a length of steel bar into your own unique hook or candle holder!
The course is limited to just 3 participants so that each person has their own anvil to work on throughout the day. The morning session will allow you to get used to heating and working the metal and by lunchtime you will have forged a rustic style hook. The afternoon will continue to develop your skills and by the end of the day you will have created an impressive spiral candle holder – we will even provide the beeswax candle to go in it!
This day is suitable for everyone; a lot of blacksmithing is about technique and making sure the steel is heated to the right temperature before working it …. not about using heavy hammers and hitting the metal very hard! We recommend that people take part in this introductory course before attending the intermediate ‘Rose Making’ day.
Trading Places is based within the beautiful surroundings of the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley. All the courses take place in and around our purpose built green oak Training Barn. Course places can be booked for one or more people depending on availability. However, if you are looking for a larger group booking (such as a work team building event, a group of friends or an alternative hen or stag 'do') we are very happy to discuss your requirements with you.
If your selected course is already fully booked please do contact us as we sometimes organise additional courses during the year to meet demand.
What's included in the price?
Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided for all courses. Participants are simply asked to bring their own supply of enthusiasm and a packed lunch! (we provide tea and coffee during the courses).
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