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Blacksmithing one day knife making course with optional use of power hammer

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Duration: 1 day

Price: £150

Book with: chester clarke
at Clarkes Blacksmithing Forge Fabricate & Weld Ltd

Old Manor Farm, Sandpit Lane
Long Clawson
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire
LE14 4NX

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About the Course

1 day course available to one or two people from 11am to approximately 5/6pm.

I cover all the basic forging practices required to start blacksmithing as a hobby, using a coke forge, anvil, hammer and power hammer to draw metal out to a taper, scrolling, set downs, punching, cutting with a chisel and twisting. We can make something on the day such as a poker, garden pot holder, coat hook or a simple forged knife.

Please remember it's a social environment of learning for the day!

Please email, phone or text to enquire about course dates. Please text or email the night before to confirm your coming.

Beginners need to be watched throughout the day so that they do not burn the metal they are working on in the fire or themselves. The temperature of the metal reach's up to 1500- 2000 celsius (the temperature metal melts and burns).

This one day course is suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of 16 upwards; or for metalworkers seeking to gain a basic understanding of iron-forging.

Introducing students to the basic operations of blacksmithing through a tightly-planned programme of object-based procedures, there is plenty of sympathetic expert help available if any aspect becomes a struggle.

Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of blacksmithing techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered.

•Basic metallurgy; metal, steel and non-ferrous
•Judging heat of metal by its colour
•Effect on metal of different temperatures

The Forge workshop is situated in the rural outskirts of Long Clawson on my parents farm (I'm in my twenties) in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir in north Leicestershire

Courses are run as required - just ask for the date you would like and I will check the diary.

What to wear?

You should wear overalls or old clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or damaged, clothes must be natural fibers (cotton or denim) – things like shell suits can melt. Trousers must be full length unless its summer.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Please remember to text or email the night before the course.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included in the course price. Health and safety gear is provided as well as tools. We do ask you to wear your own steel toecap boots or at least walking boots.

Tea and coffee is included.

You will need old clothes you don't mind ruining, cotton/denim trousers [that cover the tops of your shoes so no coke/metal can fall in], trainers, shoes, cotton t-shirts/jumpers are all good. No shorts, flip flops, football t-shirts or shell suits [synthetics] but sensible clothing that will protect you from hot flying coke and sparks.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch.

There are no refunds for the course.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included in the course price. Health and safety gear is provided as well as tools. We do ask you to wear your own steel toecap boots or at least walking boots.

Tea and coffee is included.

You will need old clothes you don't mind ruining, cotton/denim trousers [that cover the tops of your shoes so no coke/metal can fall in], trainers, shoes, cotton t-shirts/jumpers are all good. No shorts, flip flops, football t-shirts or shell suits [synthetics] but sensible clothing that will protect you from hot flying coke and sparks.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch.



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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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