Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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, you will make two unique items to take home with you.
The first project is the snail key ring and after that, students will get to make a dragon themed coat-hook.
Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered.
The Forge workshop is situated in the rural outskirts of Yarm, in the heart of the Tees Valley. All work carried is handcrafted and the business has been trading for over 8 years.
Adrian Wood is a university graduate with a degree in fine art sculpture from The University of London. A chance visit to a forge gave Adrian Wood his first taste of blacksmithing. He recalls; ”From the first moment I hit the hot steel I knew what I wanted to do.”
Please note that due to our insurance restrictions we are not able to take any participants under the age of 16.
What's included in the price?
All Courses include materials. PPE will be provided but please wear sturdy shoes/boots and old clothes. No Fleeces please.
A good hearty vegetarian lunch is provided and we try where possible to use locally sourced produce. Teas, coffee and refreshments are on a constant supply.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we shall endeavour to meet them.
An exellent day has got me hooked on blacksmithing, great teachers who go through each step with you and you get to keep what you make would definitely recommend to anyone looking to start blacksmithing
Given as a birthday present, something I've always wanted to try and I had an excellent day. What 50 year old child wouldn't enjoy playing with fire and hitting things with hammers?
I look at the key ring and dragon coat hook I made and however proud I am, I know that I could do it better and want to do it again. And again.
I met some wonderful people, who I hope to meet again on further courses. The instruction and guidance was exceptional and truly professional.
In deference to Adrian and Andy's ego's, I won't mention how good Debbie's food was!
A truly fantastic day! We had such fun doing our blacksmithing course, the instruction was first class, both guys were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The food was great, just wish my end results had been as good :-) .... would recommend this day to everyone.
Absolutely brilliant. I bought my husband the day for Christmas but I'm so pleased I tagged along. Adrian, Andy and Debbie are so likeable, friendly and knowledgeable you couldn't fail to have an excellent day. Debbie's food was faultless too which made the day even better. Such a great experience. Thanks so much.
This course was a surprise gift for my 60th birthday and what a good day. The booking arrangements (I am told) were excellent and efficient and the directions were spot on.
We had a full day punctuated by a lovely lunch, including some excellent local cheeses, where we were shown how to create a key ring out of steel rod and then to create an artistic dragon coat hook ( it was artistic for some but not all of us) . The support and supervision were very good.
Brilliant! What a great day. This was a gift for my 21st and i couldnt think of a better way to have spent it. Im really proud of my dragon coat hook and cant wait to put it up. The group was lovely and i had two fantastic teachers! Cant wait to come back!
This is an amazing course with excellent host/teachers. I had absolutely no previous experience however, it did not matter in the slightest. All skills are clearly explained and demonstrated and there is continuous support if and when needed. The team are a brilliant laugh and make you feel extremely welcomed! The lunch provided is excellent, the only downside was that I didn't manage to finish the amazing cheesecake!
Thank you for a brilliant day!
What a deeply satisfying way to spend a day!
Whilst everyone made the same things, they were all unique one-off pieces created with much patient direction, guidance and banter from the resident blacksmiths.
Throw in the odd blister and lemon drizzle cake to finish a fabulous day. What could be better.
Wow! What an amazing day we had. From the moment we arrived to the minute we left we were looked after. Amazingly skilled guys Adrian and Andy, who introduced us to what we were going to be doing, gave plenty of support during the day and awesome tools and materials to use. There was more than enough challenge to really get your teeth into the art of blacksmithing. There is also the bonus of a home cooked lunch to die for (Debbie - YUM!) - had we not had an afternoon of banging metal to be getting on with I think we'd have all had a full-stomach nap.
All in all an amazing experience, met some lovely people and we will be back for more. Go on this course, it is fantastic.
Want to get hot and sweaty with strangers in a friendly relaxed atmosphere? look no further.
Really interesting and fun day spent with fun and interesting people doing something most people will never get the chance to do.
Reccomend it to anyone with even the slightest interst in making things
Was a great surprise birthday gift.
Unique experience, enjoyed the whole day......just leave room for the cakes
What a thoroughly wonderful day! From the start it was a great friendly atmosphere with 8 blacksmith hopefuls. The tuition was 5 star from both Andy and Adrian who covered all basics, H&S and some great tips to add the quality finishing touches. It was sweaty, educational and most of all great fun, I'm sure we all could have lost quite a few stone if it wasn't for the 'to-die-for' food provided by Debbie (and Adrian's contribution to the home made bread buns) I have come away with a less than perfect coat hook but I love it and I'm proud as punch that I made it. It will go on display in our new home. The key ring will be put to great use too. I would highly recommend any of their courses.
I have spent a really enjoyable day today learning some of the basic skills of blacksmithing with Adrian and Andy, and benefited from Debbie's great food.
Adrian gave clear demonstrations of technique, then sent us to go off and try for ourselves. It was fun bashing the hot metal into shape, though it would be hard work doing it for a living!
Adrian and Andy were very patient and were always ready to assist and answer questions.
Thanks very much - it was a great birthday present!
We have attended many of these courses and all are 5 star. The enthusiasm, knowledge and endless patience shown by Adrian is unbelievable. My only complaint is with the catering. Never have I tried such delicious lemon drizzle, flapjack and cheesecake - it is now impossible to resist - thanks Debbie! Thank you to Adrian, Debbie and Andy once again. See you soon
Excellent day all round. Blacksmithing couldn't be further away from my day job, but as an enthusiastic Youtube viewer I really wanted to try it out. I fear, however, I may have caught the bug, and am certainly looking at taking more courses, if not going the whole hog and buying my own mini-forge!
Excellent hands-on teaching and guidance from Adrian and Andy, and managed to knock up a couple of acceptable pieces of metalwork by the end of the day - although more practice needed to hone the 'finesse' required to make truly beautiful things!
Refreshments were excellent, as was the banter.
Will definitely be coming again! Thoroughly recommend it
Loved it. This course was excellent, and a birthday present. Adrian and Andy pitched the course perfectly for us entry level starters and made every step achievable which gave you the confidence to 'hammer' on. Safety was paramount and the pace was just right. The food was delicious and plentyful, - all home made.
This was a great insight into a dying art but for those bitten by the fire bug, there are additional courses to follow which I'm personally looking forward to such as bar-b-que tools day.
We'll done guys, and we enjoyed the recommendation of the Old Farm House pub.
Fantastic day with a really supportive and professional instructor's , the whole day was really relaxed . You get a great feel of what it's like working as a blacksmith .
The provided food was great , sooo much and very tasty
From the moment you walk in the door you are made so welcome and it doesn't stop until the end of the day
What more can I say , fantastic day and experience!!
Excellent learning experience and throughly enjoyable.
What a Great team, Adrian and Andy never fazed at questions and hands on help. It's hard work but everyone on the course was happy to help each other and worked together
What a great day, although I've played about with bits of metal in the past the art of blacksmithing has never come my way, but under the expert guidance of Adrian and Andy I have gained another skill in the crafting of metal. Also the catering by Debbie from tea and biscuits on arrival to cake and coffee at the end of the day was first class. Many thanks to all the team for a truly enjoyable day. Hope to be back for round two before too long. Dave.
Absolutely fantastic time doing this course today. Never thought it could be so addictive!! The whole team where very professional and friendly. I would definitely do another course, it was awesome. (The food was also amazing!!
Laughing whilst handling hot chunks of metal is not something I had ever envisioned but laugh we did...all day! A great group of people from all walks of life and a brilliant taster session into the basics of metalworking.
Okay...so my keyring was a tad left field, and my dragon coat hook may take a little interpretation or a degree in modern art to grasp my effort, but it hangs proudly in the spa at home now as a towel holder (Him indoors was tasked to position it immediately and it hasn't fallen apart).......However in all seriousness, Adrian and Andy are master craftsmen who gave me the confidence as a women who didn't know which end of a hammer to hold, to have a go - to let go and they were on hand if needed to offer support (to fix the wonky dragon head - thanks Andy!).
Catering supplied by Debbie was outstanding - clearly Debbie is to catering, what Adrian is to Metalworking - vast amounts of food, all homemade and thoroughly scrummy!
I cannot recommend this course and these guys enough - an absolutely brilliant day and I didn't want it to end - suffice to say, I'm awaiting the 2018 courses and I'll be back for more......
Absolutely brilliant. Adrian and Andy were beyond helpful, went through everything slowly enough that you could understand and remember the steps, but not too slowly that you felt you were standing around for ages. The pieces we got to make (dragon coat hanger and keyring) were challenging enough to forge without being too hard for a total beginner and the atmosphere was light hearted, so you never felt you were being rushed on to the next task.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my day and can't thank everyone involved enough. I'll hopefully be back!
To say I'm not incredibly useful with my hands is an understatement, but on Saturday I bent metal to my will (ish).
I've creates a keyring and a dragon, learned to taper and bend and use hammers, tongs (tricky as hell BTW, there's no grace to a tong, it's just there to make you feel inadequate, trust me it's the tong) and had first class education in steel, how to heat it and other small techniques.
This won't make you an ace blacksmith, but it'll certainly give you the bug and confidence to go set up a small forge, get a hammer and mould metal to your will for longer.
I warned my partner that doing this course would be expensive. I'm about to drop £200 on an anvil, so the course is great value for money, the hobby may hurt more.
Well organised. Clear instructions and well tutored. Refreshments excellent. A great bunch of people, the structure of the course means that strangers at the begining of the day soon learn how to work together. I would thoroughly recommend it.5
What a great day!
Coffee and home made biscuits to get you going, followed by a great day learning new skills. When it went wrong, Adrian and Andy soon sorted my mistakes!
Put a great lunch between the morning and afternoon sessions, with a pair of excellent tutors in blacksmithing, and it doesn't get better.
Will definitely go back for more!
What an unusual and brilliant day! Led by people that are clearly passionate about what they do, and keen to share their experience in a supportive manner without being overbearing.
Ten out of ten - would hammer again
I attended the taster course on 23rd April 2017 I was very pleased by the speed at which we got into working hot metal. The instruction and demonstration by Adrian was clear and easy to understand and once work was underway if you were unsure about anything Adrian and Andy were always happy and on hand to advise. I was totally satisfied by what I achieved on the day, I also gained a clear understanding of the skills that are necessary for a blacksmith to work at the speed and accuracy that is exhibited by Adrian and Andy.
Debbie provided hospitality that could not be bettered with lots of hot drinks and food that was tasty and satisfying.
Thanks to all of the team for a wonderful day!!
Another Brilliant course from the entire team!
me and the wife decided to do another course after our taster day, and we went with garden flowers, this was much more a free form sort of day, after the usual safety discussions and some basic instructions we were free to create something unique, which was a little worrying as we had to rely on our own imagination rather than step by step instructions.
However, any fears were quickly dismissed as Adrian and his co-worker Andy quickly realised who was struggling and offered types of decorations, ways of embellishing and finishing and at the end of the day everyone on the course had a work of art and everyone had something different!
as usual the food provided by Debbie was outstanding, its worth going for the food!!
we had a brilliant day and are looking at dates to come back again!
What a great day!
Adrian and Andy were very relaxed in their approach, which put at ease all the nerves you might have had. They provided just the right level of support to get you up and going and within an hour the whole group was well on its way to forging a key ring, which was a great way to break people into the tools and techniques needed to produce the more complicated Dragon Coat Hanger in the afternoon. The guys were on hand to advise or at times correct the errors we all made, but always with an encouraging approach.
The food that Debbie made were excellent and I certainly wasn't hungry at any point in the day!
I really would recommend this course and have already mentioned to 2 of my friends, who are busy booking up.
A fantastic day. Excellent instruction in a fun environment and the food was outstanding. We were straight into the action of hitting metal with no time wasted. I've been on eBay already looking at forges....
A great day out with great people!
Adrian and Andy are real characters and they have a relaxed way of showing you how to use the forge and tools to make the key ring and the Dragon Coat Hanger.
The group were taken through the stages to make the two items and then we moved to our anvils to just do it!
The guys were always on hand to advise and at times correct the errors I made, but always with a laugh and encouragement.
The lunch and afternoon cakes that Debbie made were superb and went down well with all!
Thanks to you all for an exceptional day! I will be back for round two!
An excellent introduction to a craft I've always admired - the day went so quickly!
I hadn't been able to attend the 'Beginners' course, but Andy and Adrian more than brought me up to speed. The balance between being taught the basics of a range of techniques then going on to apply them was just right - now I 'just' need to practice them (er, rather a lot).
Book now! Whatever you do, don't be deterred by the idea that it'll be too much like physical labour - it's more about technique than simply hitting bits of metal as hard as you can. Well, unless you want to.
This was my second course with Adrian and Andy. Again the tuition was excellent, learning to make a flower for the garden. Everything is provided and it's very good value for money. The lunch and snacks provided by Debbie were also excellent and there was a friendly atmosphere throughout the day. I would very much recommend the course if you're interested in learning a new skill or just curious about the craft.
This was my second section with Adrian and Andy took me back to my school days when you learnt a manual useful hands on skill .
Brilient tuition from both , always on hand to guid and help.
Did not see the light of day from 9am till 5pm to engrossed it a craft of creating a garden flower.
Food by Debbie was excelant with a vegitarion dish and home made dread and a cake you would die for .
Just the what you need to keep you going at the forge .
Get your hands dirty and have a go.
Brilliant courses , I've been on two now and the third one is booked. great tuition , fantastic food provided by Debbie nothing too much trouble .
The skill of Adrian is beyond belief his patience and expert tuition opens up a whole new world.
Can't wait for October for my next one
Just do it you'll love it
The course, this time on Garden Flowers, was my third, and I was again well pleased with my efforts. Adrian and Andy, as always, gave expert tuition and enthusiastic support, while Debbie provided superb sustenance. The social atmosphere created by the participants enhances the enjoyment of the day. I will be seeking a reason to return and thoroughly recommend the experience.
I bought this as a 16th birthday gift for my Son and what a great day we had from start to finish. We were greeted with refreshments and homemade goodies before starting our epic day of bending and hammering bits of metal into our very own masterpieces! Adrian and Andy guided us through our projects with expert tuition and Debbie fed us until we were ready to bust! Adrian, Andy and Debbie, thank you so much, you were the perfect hosts and we thoroughly enjoy every bit of our day.
Five stars all the way from me for the beginners blacksmith day. Friendly greeting on arrival with tea & coffee, homemade biscuits etc set the tone for the day. Adrian's demos made each stage of our projects look much easier than it actually was but he or his colleague Andy were never too far away to give the students advice or help as required. Everyone completed the key ring & coat rack & were proud to be taking something home. A superb lunch was a welcome break, & then tea & more cakes once we'd finished, rounded off a great day, which was hard work but great fun. I'd definitely like to come back for more once I can think of an interesting two day project & highly recommend this to anyone & everyone.
Thanks to Adrian, Debbie & Andy for the day, and my wife Jackie for finding it & booking me on as a birthday gift.
The whole day was amazing! It was hard work as expected but once you get going it's hard to stop! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's interested because it's just an all round fun day of work with amazing products to be proud of at the end.
Had a fantastic time and a great experience for my first ever try at blacksmithing. Andy and Adrian were extremely helpful and patient making the whole day enjoyable with a great friendly atmosphere.
The food supplied was amazing with cups of tea/coffee beginning, middle and end.
I'm already looking into what I want to make next at the forge!
Many thanks guys!
Just returned home from the one day course with Adrian, Andy and Debbie. What a superb experience. Rather tired and luckily only a couple of blisters, but a great memory. Thanks again guys. You'll no doubt see me again for one of the other courses. Also thanks to Debbie for the wonderful lunch and end of day bakery. Five stars.
Just returned from todays course, tired but really enjoyed the day.
Great instruction from Adrian and Andy to guide you through the 2 different projects.
Food delicious and filling. Well done Debbie!
Good value for money for an interesting, practical day for all and no abilities.
We had such a great time with Adrian and Andy, and the other "students". It was a joy to spend the day learning a new skill and we were really pleased with how much we were able to learn in 1 day.
Plus Debbie's cooking alone is worth the trip, I'll be coming back for a second helping of crumble.
Thanks to you all for a fab day!
Helen & Phil
Fantastic day. Learnt a huge amount about being a blacksmith as well as making a couple of small projects to take home. Very friendly team with fantastic food/ catering. Thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thanks for everything
First time for Ben, return visit for Matt. Another superb experience. We have not one bad word about the course: Structure, approach, content, hospitality -all aspects deserve 5 stars. A rewarding day's activity which we'd recommend without reservation to anyone wishing to try something new.
I had an absolutely tremendous time at the Blacksmithing taster session, and learned a great deal indeed about something that I've only been able to observe from an outside standpoint until now. Huge thanks to Adrian and Andy for the opportunity and instruction on not only hitting hot pieces of metal, but on making those pieces of metal look good. Lunch (as I'm sure you've seen by the other comments and reviews) was delicious and much appreciated. The whole day was a lot of fun, and well worth the long drive both there and back. Definitely ignited a new passion that I hope to pursue in the future.
This was our introduction to blacksmithing and what a great day we had. Expert tuition and first class hospitality. We made a pair of candlesticks and despite the blisters can't wait for the follow on course next year.
This course on making a candle stand was my second blacksmithing course with Adrian and Debbie. It was again very worthwhile in every respect. Adrian provides first rate tuition, Debbie lovely food and refreshments, and the other participants are friendly and helpful.
Thanks to Adrian and Debbie for another great day and superb hospitality.
This is my 4th course with them and I left with another set of skills that I can use at home and lots of inspiration. The tuition, supervision and support is just right and all the courses I have done have been really excellent. If you think trying blacksmithing could be for you then definitely give it a go as you won't be disappointed. it might even be the introduction you need for a new hobby as it has been for me.
What a fantastic day! From the great welcome to the brilliant instruction from Adrian and Andy to the final realisation that you actually make something out of a piece of metal. And lets not forget the wonderful food prepared by Debbie!
All in all I heartily recommend it for everybody and anybody.5
My blacksmithing day was the result of a surprise birthday present from my son and daughter. I had a terrific time being taught how to make a scroll key ring and dragon coat hook by Adrian and the irrepressible Andy whose sense of humour kept us all amused the whole day. Frankly, I've never know a day fly-by so quickly. Food and drink was served all day including a lovely hot meal at mid day by Debbie.
Thank you all very much for such a great day . Martin
P.S. location of the course is Lat/Long N54.45371° W1.44391°
Fantastic day. Warmly welcomed by Debbie, Adrian and Andy. Extremely relaxed environment, great food and fantastic instruction throughout the day. Only made better by the great group of participants. One old tradesman and one slightly older tradesman learned some great new skills.
Another fantastic day. Thoroughly enjoyed our first blacksmithing day, we had to do it again. Adrian and Andy are excellent, patient tutors and the food provided by Debbie was delicious. Looking forward to the next one, maybe try tool making!
We had a fantastic day! everything we wanted from a blacksmithing experience and more Thanks to Adrian, Debbie and Andy. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic day of traditional craftwork with a unique piece for your home at the end of it- you will not be disappointed!
An unexpected fathers day gift - I am not known as a DIYer or handyman, in fact quite the reverse, but I really enjoyed this course and far exceeded my expectations in terms of what I was able to achieve.
My ramshead poker is proudly displayed in our fireplace and will bring back memories of a great day for many years to come.
This course was a inspired birthday gift from my wife. The wait since July has been torture. A warm welcome by Debbie, Adrian and Andy put everyone at ease and I could not stop smiling all day.
I was tutored and guided to produce something that was totally unexpected (a Rams head fire poker) and it is now in pride of place within my fire place. Adrian, I believe, gets as much pleasure from watching our
This was our second course with Adrian and Andy as we had enjoyed the first so much. This time we made a fire poker (me) and a toasting fork (Chris) and we're thrilled with them. Both Adrian & Andy are incredibly skilled and patient, taking you through what you'll be creating step by step and helping out when necessary. Debbie provides delicious home made lunch, dessert and cake to finish off the day. Despite being with 6 different people each time there was still a brilliant atmosphere which is all down to Adrian, Debbie and Andy. They are all so easy to talk to and make the day so enjoyable. I guarantee one course won't be enough, we'll be back for our third go!!
What a fantastic day. The tuition was excellent and the hands on experience of actually making things really made the day. The food was as good as the tuition and not to be missed.
Debbie and Adrian make a great team and are good fun.
We were given a warm welcome by Debbie, Adrian and Andy on arrival and after a nice cup of coffee and homemade biscuits, Adrian gave us a demonstration of the key ring we would be making. I did have a moment of "wow, I'll never be able to do that" but, with the excellent Andy and Adrian on hand to advise, we both surprised ourselves and were really proud of our creations.
In the afternoon we made dragon coatracks, which again, we couldn't believe how well they turned out.
It was a lot of fun, quite hard work, but also a really positive experience of feeling like we'd achieved something.
As an added bonus, the home cooked lunch provided by Debbie was exceptionally good. The homemade cake at tea time was equally as delicious.
We will definitely be back for more courses.
Would recommend to anyone looking to do something a little bit different.
My grand son and I appreciated the warm welcome from Adrian and Debbie and the initial very important cup of tea to start the day
After the health ad safety briefing Adrian demonstrated how to make a key ring and we got stuck in our selves.
Lunch next which was greatly apprecialted and of exceptionally high quality.
The next demo involved making a dragon back plate and hooks which will soon be fixed to the wall at home .
Well worth the money and we are looking forward to the next course.
What a fantastic day, we will definitely be booking for next year. This course was brilliant and I would highly recommend it! We were greeted by Adrian, Andy and Debbie with tea and lovely biscuits. Very friendly and highly skilled and artistic craftsmen :0) they are masters at their craft and brilliant teachers. Thank you for a wonderful day and we will see you next year :0) hopefully on the tools course. x
This was my third course with Adrian - this time was the 2 day option where I was able to make my own project. Yet again it was thoroughly enjoyable - great company, absolutely lovely food & a brilliant teacher. Would recommend this to anyone & everyone - I hope to be back again soon. Thanks again Adrian & Debbie
Had an absolutely fantastic day with Adrian and co. Great welcome, fabulous food and expert tuition and support throughout the day. This was a brilliant birthday present and I cannot recommend highly enough.
Where do I start? I wasn't quite sure what to expect before I arrived, but Debbie warmly greeted us all with hot drinks, and homemade biscuits. Andy and Adrian were friendly, approachable, helpful and patient showing us what to do. Some of the results of other attendees were impressive, whilst mine was perhaps a bit hit and miss. However it really didn't matter as I enjoyed the day so much. Great tasty, hearty, healthy food for lunch. What is not to like. Cannot recommend this course enough.
Could not recommend this course enough! We drove down on the morning and were greeted by Adrian, Andy and Debbie with tea and lovely biscuits. We had a friendly introduction and then got stuck in. Adrian demonstrated really clearly how to do the tasks in doable chunks and then we had all the tools and equipment to do it individually, with just the right amount of supervision and guidance; I always felt like I had done it all myself. The projects we made looked great, and we had a fantastic day. It was certainly worth the cost, and the meal we had at lunchtime was absolutely brilliant- just what we needed after the hard work!
Couldn't fault this course at all, looking forward to going back!
Hi this was my first taste of Blacksmithing since leaving school 50 years ago.
The day did not disappoint, brilliant from start to finish with excellent tuition from Adrian and his associate.
Tea and home made biscuits to start the day followed by the obligatory health and safety then down to the first small project to get you into the feel of the forge and heat.
Good practical demonstration instruction, stage by stage, followed by an excellent home made lunch and local cheese then back to the heat of the forge and the completion of the Dragon coat hanger.
Every one was friendly and helpful.
Do not miss this course. I will be back for more.
This was the second course I have completed and can highly recommend it, I look forward to the next one. Adrian and Andy run an informative, hands on, yet relaxed course perfect for novices like myself. Debbie's lunch and treats were delicious too! Thanks again.
I came on the beginner's course to get a taste for it because I research fourteenth century armour smiths. Adrian & co. were fantastic the entire time each time I've been out, and now I've made my own tools and am hoping that someone will not be able to make it to a future booked course so that I can take their spot.
The first course introduced some basics and gave me the chance to make some gifts for family back home. By the second course I felt a lot more confident in what I was doing, but they still were right there with help and direction whenever it was needed.
And of course there's Debbie's excellent food that everyone raves about in these reviews.
This was the third course I have done with Adrian, Andy and Debbie.
It's a full day starting with a brew and biscuits then after the safety briefing and a demo by Adrian it's time to put the steel in the fire and start hammering.
Each step is demonstrated by Adrian and both Andy and Adrian are constantly on hand to point you in to the right direction.
At lunchtime Debbie puts a great spread on of very tasty food but be warned, there is a lot of it.
After lunch it's back to the fire and hammers then at finish time it's a hot or cold drink with a large slice of cake.
This course was the tool making course, a pair of tongs and a couple of punches. What was particularly good was making the punch then using it to punch the rivet hole in the tongs. It is really satisfying to use a tool that you have made from scratch to make a more advanced tool.
After 3 courses I have the tools and enough knowledge to make more tools and go on to make other items too.
Thank you Adrian, Debbie and Andy. I will be back next year.
This course, a birthday gift (73), arrived as a complete surprise. Without any previous experience, I found it hugely enjoyable and fulfilling . Adrian and Andy created an excellent teaching and learning environment - very informative, supportive and relaxed throughout, encouraging good interaction between all the participants. Debbie provided a lovely lunch and refreshments. We were kept busy all day and I was pleased with my coat rack. Many thanks to you all. I would certainly like to return for another course.
This blacksmith beginners day course was an inspired Christmas present from my children because they remembered that I had said that I fancied having a go. It didn't disappoint. The welcome was lovely, tuition excellent, food fantastic and the finished products that we made are amazing. Adrian, Debbie and Andy run a great relaxed course and I am already planning what I will make next when I go back for another go. Can't recommend it highly enough!
An excellent day. Ever since I went to the local blacksmiths as a small child, I have wanted to have a go. But I have had to wait until in my sixties. My wife bought me the taster course as a surprise Christmas present and it was everything I hoped it would be. Adrian and Andy were excellent teachers. After a few minutes instruction I was forging metal - hard work but very satisfying and most enjoyable. I am planning to go again on the "Design your own project" weekend. I should also mention the food was excellent, especially the sponge cake with afternoon tea!
A brilliant day on the 'Taster' Blacksmithing course, which was all I envisaged, and more. Great demonstrations from Adrian, excellent support in the projects from Adrian & Andy, and fabulous tasty food from Debbie. Really enjoyed the day, and great to take your own creations home with you to treasure and remember the day. Hoping I will get the chance to return and do more. I have already recommended this course to several people. Great value and great people!
well my crimbo pressies was well worth waiting for. what a brilliant day, well organised, fun, very knowledgeable training staff and Debbie food was good aswell lol. must forget the boss well done Debbie for making my crimbo pressie a very good memory (that i want to do again) i have always liked forge work from when i did it at school all of 33 yrs ago, how you can see a bit of rod in front of you and you can make it into a nice object in the end of the day when i found out i had this from my wife i had looked forward to it, i told a mate who said if its any good he wouldn't mind doing it, after letting him no how good it was we both are planing on another visit. the place is a barn with all the equipment that you would need for the day 4 forges a anvil each and all carried out in a safe and relaxed area, the day starts at 9 ish and you leave about 430 ish your shown how and why things are done before you play then regrouped for different stages of the projects you have a break for lunch all home made to a high standard and freshly made, then back to the forge to finish the project off the overall day is very good and i would like to say to Debbie , Adrian and Andy keep up the good work and hope to see you soon
I had a fantastic day at the forge and would recomend it to anyone . Adrian, Debbie and Andy, Adrian's able assistant, made everyone feel welcome from the word go. Whether your a beginner or have some experiance the level of instruction is pitched just right, with you soon hammering the hot metal into shape. The day simply flew by with lots of tea or coffee and at lunch time Debbie provided an outstanding meal to keep us going for the remainder of the day. The day is so relaxing, you just don't realise that you are working so hard to form that amazing finished article you eventualy leave for home with. The whole experience has left me hungry to learn more and I know I will be back at the forge in the not to distant future. If like me you have looked at many different websites about blacksmithing wondering who to choose from, take my advice and book your course with Adrian. you wont regret it.
What a fantastic experience I've always wanted to have a go but what a perfect place to start Adrian and Debbie certainly know how to put on a perfect course nothing being a trouble . Debbie really does know her stuff when it comes to home baking Victoria sponge to die for and apple crumble wow . Adrian and his assistant kept his eye on all of the group with a great sense of humer and expert advice . It was a perfect day and will be back and would recommend it to all . We all made a large flower forged the leaves made the petals . When I arrived home with it under my arm the look on my wife's face priceless . Thanks again will be booking again .
Fantastic day. This is the second course I have done with Adrian, Debbie and Andy.
The day starts with a warm welcome and a hot drink and an informal chat where you get to know the others on the course and the organisers.
Then it's in to it, a H&S briefing from Aidy followed by a demonstration of the first process then you pick your fire and anvil and put your first bit of steel in the coals. The next 3 to 4 hours are spent heating and hammering various bits of steel with Aidy and Andy moving between forges giving hints and tips and having a laugh and a joke with us all.
Then it's lunch time and Debbie puts on a great spread. After lunch it's back to the heat and hammers.
The day finishes with a hot or cold drink and a big slice of cake as we all inspect each others work and have a bit of a Q&A with Andy and Aidy.
I (well my wife) is now the proud owner of a 4ft tall garden flower.
Looking forward to my next course with these guys.
It was so good the first time I've come back again and I've spent a very enjoyable day, learnt a lot from the experts, had a great welcome and an excellent feed. And I've made a work of art!!. What more could you ask for, I wholeheartedly recommend the experience
This course was great from start to finish. From an extremely warm welcome to great tutors, home-cooked and hearty food(Thanks again Debbie! Was yummy!) to plentiful supply of tea and coffee, the beginner's course made for an outstanding day of learning!
I was bought this as a gift as a 30th birthday present after being interesting in having a go at blacksmithing for a while, and had a brilliant day learning the basic techniques and having my first taste of forging. The two tutors, Adrian and Andy were knowledgeable and encouraging with both the information needed at each stage and tips for how to improve, or in my case adjust when mistakes were made.
The course was attended by a greatly diverse group of people, of a range of ages and throughout the day there was plenty of chances to chat and get to know everybody.
The level of instruction was such that within a very short space of time we were picking up the techniques needed and were straight into making the first of the items that we got to take home at the end of the day.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone, and highly intend to book in again to do one of the follow-on courses!
I had such a good time and never thought I would be able to make the items I did. Andy and Adrian are really good at judging how much help we needed, without stepping in too frequently. It was amusing to realise just how expert they are when a demo that took 5 minutes kept us busy on the task for an hour...I guess much practice makes perfect. The food made by Debbie was just great. Great to try something completely new and combine bashing the hell out of the metal with delicate and subtle touches! I loved it, laughed a lot and will definitely sign up again. Thank you.
We had a brilliant day yesterday with Adrian & Andy. They were so patient and knowledgeable, taking us through step by step what we would be making. They definitely make it look easy! We made a dragon coat hooks & snail keyring, which we were very proud of. We left The Forge feeling proud, achey, full of cake and ready to make more! Big thanks to Debbie for the yummy food. We will definitely be back!!
An absolutely brilliant day! Everything is explained really well and help and advice given throughout the day. We learned various techniques and how to use different tools. Everyone was very friendly. The food was amazing! And there was plenty of it. It really was a fantastic day and I would do it again. I would also recommend!
What a great day. My husband and son thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are quite proud of what they made. Both hankering for another day course, try making something else. The lunch and home made cake and snacks were fantastic, thank you Debbie!!
Had an absolutely brilliant day! Adrian and Andrew were both very helpful and knowledgeable. They talk you through every step and help if you aren't sure what to do.. The biscuits and flapjacks Debbie had made on arrival were absolutely lovely as was the lunch. I felt very welcomed by everyone I met at the farm and will definitely be coming back for some other courses. 10/10.
Just back from a great day hammering hot metal into shapes resembling key rings & coats hooks! It looked so straightforward when Adrian demonstrated each step! Adrian and Andy were good, helpful instructors.
The food was fantastic - home baked biscuits, flapjacks, cake & a very tasty veggie lunch accompanied by local cheeses and followed by a wonderful crumble.
I came home having produced a key ring, dragon coat hook & leaf hook with which I was very pleased.
I would definitely recommend this day.
Thanks to Adrian and Andy for all their patience - great fun. You sort of think that metal work would be Men only but this is definitely something to consider for both sexes - It really was interesting to learn how, from a simple piece of metal, and the use of some serious heat, what you can transform metal into!
Great atmosphere all day, and I must mention the delicious food.( thanks so much Debbie) Home made flapjack and tea on arrival,and then a great veggie lunch, topped off with cake in the afternoon. Its a great way to spend a Sunday - thank you!
My friend and I had the best day. We were met with a very warm (even though we were late), hot cup of tea and the most amazing flapjack.
Adrian took us through the course and we set to work.
Although the tasks were challenging both Adrian and Andy were always on hand to help, advise and support and I am so proud of my keyring and coat hook.
Debbie set out the most delicious lunch and sat with the workers while we polished it off, ready for the afternoon's activities.
The day was ended off with yet another cuppa and some delicious cake as we all sat satisfied and celebratory at our achievements.
Everyone was lovely and it was a great way to spend a Sunday. Thank you to Adrian, Andy and Debbie for all your warmth, kindness and hospitality, a famtastic time was had by all.
Can't wait for level 2.
What a great day! Apart from a couple of metalwork lessons many years ago at school I was a complete novice and, had anyone shown me the snail keyring and dragon coatrack before I arrived at the forge, I would have laughed at the thought of ever being able to make them. Admittedly, my dragon looks like it's had a bit of a fight but I'm still amazed that I was able to make it! Adrian and Andy were fantastic at showing us what to do and gave excellent advice and support all the way through the day and the food that Debbie provided was delicious. Thank you all for a fantastic day.
We have just had a great day out with Adrian and Andy learning some of the skills of the Blacksmith.
This was a surprise birthday present for myself and son in law George from my daughter Sarah. ( A bit like being contestants on the Generation Game).
Adrian and Andy are masters of their craft and are also very good and patient tutors .
I am currently in the process of negotiating with my wife were the dragon will be located . ( The garage is looking favourite at the moment . Some people just don't appreciate art )
Also special thanks to Debbie for feeding us hungry workmen. The lunch provided was really nice especially the crumble.
Thanks to all,
Following a warm friendly welcome and a cuppa, a brief health and safety talk, there was a quick demonstration of the first task, of making a key ring and the techniques to be used, it was down to hands on metal bashing. Adrian and Andy visited each person giving helpful hints and tips on a one to one basis. No one was rushed, everyone was able to work at their own pace. The morning and afternoon sessions were split by an excellent lunch provided by Debbie. At the end of the day everyone had produced a keyring and dragon coat rack. I had always fancied having a go at blacksmithing and did this as a birthday present to myself. Totally recommend anyone giving it a go. All I need now is to find time to fit in the next course.
What a top day. Adrian and Co run a great course. Both Adrian and Andy are very good smiths and fantastic teachers. I have done similar courses before in other disciplines and sometimes the instructors have a 1 size fits all teaching method but the guys tailored the information to cover the full spectrum from having never picked up a hammer before to some of us who use tools every day.
Debbie lays on a great spread for lunch and there was a celebratory cake at the end too and both hot and cold drinks were provided. Everyone on the course had a great day and I am booking on to the tool makers course, my workshop has been without its own forge for far too long.
The day began with cups of tea and home made flapjack (great start!). The teaching comprised of step by step demonstrations and explanations from Adrian followed by the time to try for yourself. Within no time we were beating red hot metal and growing in confidence. Lunch was great followed by an afternoon learning more skills and ending with home made cake!
Adrian, Andy and Debbie great a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and I felt a lot of thought and care had gone into the day. Would heartily recommend!
I really enjoyed this course, the teacher student ratio meant we all got assistance as we needed it and i caen't recommend them enough; Adrian and his assistant Adam are fantastic smiths and very good instructors aswell as generally really nice blokes.
It was a very good introductory course showing several basic blacksmithing techniques and showing what the art can be.
I have just returned from a fantastic day. I was a complete beginner to blacksmithing and the course gave a great experience into what it is like. Adrian and Andy were more than welcoming as well as amazing teachers. Not usually a fan of vegetarian food but I have to admit the food was great too! Would highly recommend this course. You come back with some great souvenirs and a few blisters to show for your hard work!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Adrian, Andy & Debbie. As a complete novice I found it challenging & hard work, but extremely rewarding & enjoyable. We made a swirly key ring and a dragon coat rack of which I am extremely proud!
The day was well organised and you could have as much or as little help as you needed. The lunch and cakes provided by Debbie were lovely and Andy has the patience of a saint!
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in trying blacksmithing; whether you're practical and experienced or not.
I returned for the advanced course with Adrian as I had enjoyed the beginners course so much. This day was just as great and I was able to choose an item to make which feels like such an achievement. The cooking by Debbie was yummy yet again! I must say as well how much value for money you get on this course when you consider all the materials and food provided it's a very small price to pay for expert tuition! Thanks again.
Great day, like being back at school doing metalwork, creating something. To be quite honest I wouldn't have dreamed of doing this day and it was chosen for me as a gift. I had a great time, there was great teaching and I was impressed that the teachers allowed us all to move at our different speeds, helping here and there and keeping the fires going, which must be tricky. I was glad of the leisurely progress, tea breaks, pleasant company and lunch break as it is quite hard work really. Highly recommended.
"last mile" directions might have helped as our sat nav directed us to the village centre (about half a mile away) and then promptly lost signal.
We had a great day with Andy and Adrian with Debbie supply wonderful lunch and cakes. The day began with the safety brief then it was full on day of making our items boy was it hot . A thoroughly enjoyable day and it passed so quickly with great tuition by both of them . Thanks for a great day. Dave
Great food, great fun and great tuition. the staff were really helpful and friendly and the course was well structured, the projects involve enough difficulty to keep things interesting while also being achievable. A wonderful day all round which I would definitely recommend to others.
Fantastic tuition and brilliant food and refreshments throughout the day. Both Adrian and Andy helped us through the projects step by step and at the end of a long day we all left with two items each. Help was offered when needed and for those with less muscle power, additional hammering meant that no one was left behind. The food and cake made by Debbie was outstanding. Dietary requests were no problem and we will definitely be recommending the course to others.
I was given this course as birthday present in March and had been waiting for it eagerly. I was not disappointed. One of the best birthday presents I have had, and one I will remember and talk about for a long time. I enjoyed finding out, and making something as simple as a snail key ring, and how much work has to go into its manufacture. Then the dragon style coat rack, and how to transform a flat piece of metal via a bit of good old wellying, into something cherished and useful. Adrian ably assisted by Andy were knowledgable and patient hosts helping out where required whilst the students got on with their smithying.
I was very impressed by Debbie's home cooking using local ingredients. The snacks and lunch were delicious especially the waffleberry pudding, (had to ask for the recipe).
So thanks again to Adrian, Debbie and assistant Andy for a great day.
What a cracking day. I had previously caught the smithing bug on the basic course, but it was great to produce something functional during this session. As ever, enormous patience demonstrated by our teacher Adrian, and again fabulous snacks and lunch provided by Debbie. I defy anyone with a Rhubarb-in-the-garden-shed view of the world not to delight in these courses.
thank you for a lovely day. ash really enjoyed his experience using the forge and all the tools. debbie and adrian are great hosts, very patient and encouraging people. lovely food, and plenty of it, great atmosphere and thanks to the friendly cheerful andy we came away with some goodies -
a dragon coat rack and a key fob. would recommend this to anyone, it makes a memorable birthday gift, even as a spectator / responsible parent, an interesting day can be had.
All told, a really enjoyable day and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone regardless of age, experience or perceived ability. Everyone will take away a sense of achievement and something crafted in steel made by the strength of their own arm. This isn't a diluted demonstration day, but one of getting stuck in with fire, hammer and tongs. Adrian, Debbie and Andy's warm welcome, encouragement, guidance, good humour, patience and truly excellent home cooked food made for an unforgettable birthday treat. I hope to return one day for more of the same.
I had great fun learning basic blacksmith techniques and went home with a snail keyring and a dragon coat rack to show for it. Adrian and Andy are excellent teachers and helped everyone get the most out of their day. Debbie's catering was wonderful and she absolutely contributed to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
If you fancy a try at blacksmithing, book on this course, I would thoroughly recommend it.
An excellent course with friendly personal instruction from Adrian and Andy and delicious catering from Debbie. A wonderful gift from my children and something tangible and useful to take home. I would recommend this course to anyone of any background or ability - you will enjoy the day and making something with your own hands.
A very enjoyable experience and a great workout too.
Debbie and Adrian were friendly and welcoming, providing the best vegetarian meal I've ever had for lunch, and giving excellent instruction on how to forge the pieces desired.
During the forging of the pieces we were all independently working at our own anvils so it was a very relaxed experience.
Despite working independently, advice and instruction was still given to each of us allowing us to produce the best pieces we could.
At the end of the day you'll leave with the items you've crafted, a full belly, and a great experience. And sore arms, but that wears off quickly enough.
I'd definitely recommend this course! Adrian, Debbie and Andy are lovely people, and you experience Yorkshire hospitality at its best. The instructions were easy to follow with plenty of help on hand during the day. Debbie is a fine cook and keeps you well fed with her fantastic home baking. We can't wait to go back again.
I never expected to bash steel, but had a great time doing it! After my son withdrew from a course to return to the US early, my wife and I decided to take his place. Debbie and Adrian arranged for us to take the beginners course with smith Andy rather than the advanced tool-making course with Adrian. We had a great time, very proud of our creations and Andy was fun, helpful, and a good teacher. Wonderful food. Terrific people. As a bonus we ran into another participant later on during our holiday.
If you're not sure, just go ahead, you'll have a great time.
I have done three courses now with Adrian and I would recommend the courses to anyone. The content is well thought out and is managable for varying skill levels without been too simple or boring. The food provided by Debbie is always delicous and there is more tea and biscuits than an army could eat. For a fantastic day out with a course in a practical traditional skill you couldnt do any better.
A really enjoyable day with excellent and patient instruction giving me confidence to have a go at home to start making some tools and projects. It is astounding how we all converted two 6 inch long pieces of steel bar into a fully functioning pair of tongs that will last a lifetime, we also made a hole punch. We did lots of different techniques on the projects and fitted lots into the day. Just the right level of instruction, letting us get on with it and helping when stuck.
Thanks Adrian and Debbie for an inspiring day.
What a great gift! Was given this as a Christmas present as it is something I had always wanted to try. Adrian & Debbie could not be better hosts for the day with yummy food & some brilliant stories to tell. Such an experience to work a true craftsman! Looking forward to giving the next course a go! Would recommend highly to other, thanks for a memorable day!
What a great day! Good food, great tuition, excellent company and I managed ( with lots of help!!) to make three items. A whole day bashing ( crafting ) hot metal does one a world of good and although it was hard work and needed concentration the time flew by.
Many thanks Adrian and Debbie.
The perfect day out, from the get go we we're treated with amazing hospitality and refreshments. The day started out with simple blacksmithing methods and as we developed our pieces and our with the guiding hand of Adrian and Andy by the end of the day we had a beautiful piece that was a joy to make and even more to respect the time and effort each part took to create. Dinner was lovely and at the end of the day everyone was happy and had made some brilliant pieces and memories to take home. I'd come back here without a doubt.
This was a fantastic 70th Birthday treat. Adrian was the perfect host and teacher showing great patience and just the right level of assistance when needed. I am now testament to the fact that you are never too old to learn new tricks. My Wife and I were well fed in the Restaurant and regularly watered throughout the day, (most important with the heat and work). The result of my days effort now takes pride of place on display in our hearth.
I would love to do it all again one day, and highly recommend it to anybody to learn more about this ancient craft first hand.
Absolutely fantastic day! It was everything I hoped for and more, so much so I’m now trying to buy an anvil! Really recommend this to anyone who wants a good hands-on experience of blacksmithing. You’re working all day, well fed and get to keep what you’ve made all for a really good price. The teaching was really clear and I learned a lot in one day, couldn’t recommend this more!
This was an excellent course that is perfect for people are new to blacksmithing. It was really good fun and has made me very interested in taking it up as a hobby. All your hard work hammering during the day is nicely rewarded by the amazing food you get during lunch and tea breaks. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone
The experience was everything I had hoped it would be……brilliant! Adrian and Debbie provided us with all the necessary tools and equipment to get through the day. All of us got stuck in after the initial H&S briefing, hot drinks, biscuits and introductions.
Adrian teaches you in skilled way that is easily understood so can be replicated with the emphasis on enjoyment. All the items we completed had originality stamped all over them (no pun intended) which reflected the diversity of people present on the day. You learn by memorable events… how true of this experience!
Both Adrian and Debbie are a great team which enhances the overall experience. Good friends, good food & good fellowship. Try it!!!
A heartfelt thank you for a truly fulfilling day. As a complete novice what a rare privilege it was to be in the company of a master craftsman in his own workshop, not some classroom or museum, using the same tools as had been creating the work around us.
I was half expecting to come away shamed into the realisation that the realm of the blacksmith is an impenetrable one for a mere office-dweller like me but quite the opposite, Adrian's encouragement left me motivated to put the techniques I had learned to good use.
I had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed myself using the forge and anvil to make some cool pieces. Adrian and Debbie were lovely- Adrian was a great teacher and Debbie a great cook/baker. Thanks for a great day.
This was a fantastic gift, the day was amazing and fun, really enjoyed myself , I would highly recommend this experience day . Good tuition, good food, good company all in all a top day, can't wait for my next visit :)
A really great course from Adrian and food from Debbie. We got to make some really interesting items using a range of different techniques in a friendly atmosphere. I can't recommend it enough, a great day out.
This was a birthday/Christmas present from my lovely stepdaughter - the whole day was fantastic!! Both Adrian and Debbie are lovely friendly people and have a passion for what they do. My wife came with me , and although she wasn't on the course, Adrian gave her the opportunity to make something for herself. The facilities, range of equipment is great, Adrian is passionate about what he does and passes this on in a friendly easy to absorb way. Debbie is a fantastic hostess and kept us supplied with home cooking all day of a standard that would put all the TV chefs to shame - all in all , a perfect day!! - Go on - treat yourself, you wont regret it!
Excellent, informative and full on fun day. A great experience in excellent facilities with the bonus of wonderful home cooked food.... what's not to like! Adrian is obviously passionate about his craft and his enthusiasm is infectious. Highly recommended.
I had a great day, learnt lots and enjoyed myself. Adrian was patient and helpful and very knowledgeable. The food and hospitality was fantastic, Debbie is a great cook. I will be recommending you to my friends and family. Thanks for a lovely day.
If you've ever wanted to try your hand at blacksmithing, I can highly recommend this course. There was a warm welcome on arrival and the tuition throughout the day was second to none. Adrian has a great depth of knowledge and his passion for blacksmithing is infectious. It's also well worth signing up for the course just to sample the amazing homemade lunch and cakes. I only wish they ran a cafe too!
What can i say that has not been mentioned already! I bought this for a birthday present for my boyfriend but had to go on it myself as it sounded amazing and i am very glad i did. From the moment we arrived we knew it was going to be a great day and I am not just talking about the baking. The step by step instruction was fab and Adrian gave you plenty of time to practice the skills on your own. He was also on hand if you needed more help which was good. The home made food was delicious and this made the whole day more enjoyable. You wanted for nothing and everything had been thought of to make your experience memorable. Thank you both and hope to see you again on a two day course!
Informative, interesting and fun course, taught by a very competent and engaging teacher, Adrian explained everything very clearly and made the whole day very enjoyable.
The food was delicious home cooked food, enjoyed it very much, I left with a bulging belly!!
Everyone was very friendly and helpful, I cannot recommend this course enough!!
This was brought for me as a birthday present and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was well organised and structured with everything being explained very clearly and the facilities were excellent. I also have to comment on the food which was brilliant - it was worth a day just for the lunch!!
I attended the one day course about a week ago and have to echo my fellow attendees comments.it was absolutely brilliant. Adrian's a patient and helpful instructor,giving us a hands on demonstration of all that we would try to make,then encouraging us to have a go and assisting where needed.I would encourage anyone to attend the course as it is fun and the pride you feel when you have accomplished the three pieces of work that are part of this one day "taster" course is immense. The food that Debbie prepared for us was superb,home made cakes,biscuits and a lovely lunch.I can't wait to hear about some other courses.
My wife bought me this as a birthday gift knowing that I fancied having a go at blacksmithing. Absolutely loved it, really interesting and hands on day. I have gone from an absolute beginner to feeling competent enough to have a go on my own as a hobby - would also love to do any follow up courses on more advanced techniques. Adrian was a brilliant and patient teacher and everybody was able to progress at their own pace. Extra praise for the sublime cakes and food served throughout the day. Well worth it!
An excellent course that we highly recommend. We were both complete novices. This was not a problem at all. The five people on the course each had plenty of room and lots of hands on metalwork. Adrian is a very clear and patient teacher. He guided us through our projects and we each came away with objects that we felt proud of. There was a warm, safe, friendly atmosphere to the whole day. Lunch was great, quiche, local breads and cheeses and a delicious raspberry dessert provided by Debbie.
Once again a very good course that I will happily recommend.
What a fantastic day! We were greeted with coffee/tea and homemade cake, then down to business! Adrian is an excellent (calm and patient) teacher. He modelled what we were making in stages which was excellent because it was a lot to take in. We all made some pretty amazing key rings and a wall mounted coat rack,each one being unique! Lunch,was another hit,beautifully presented,especially the local cheeses, and very plentiful . I would certainly recommend this course to anyone. Adrian and Debbie( the in house Mary Berry) have the balance just right. Thanks,Gill
Amazing course! Presented with a coffee on arrival (much needed) and after a quick H&S talk we got straight down to hitting hot metal!
Adrian took time to show us how to heat the metal and hammer it accurately and was always on hand for any questions, tips and a helping out with mistakes! Fantastic teacher and an awesome day! Was beyond pleased with what I made!
Quick mention for the lunch as well which was exquisite!
I booked on this course for my husband's Christmas present and we booked a course for June. We were greeted with cups of tea and homemade biscuits on arrival which we had while Adrian went through all the health and safety information and explained what we would be doing during the day. We had a demonstration of our first project which was very well explained but not as easy as it looked when an expert was doing it! Once we had finished our keyrings we had a break for tea and homemade cake before getting onto our next project. Again, the demonstration was very good and Adrian came round to each of us to give us tips and help where we needed it. By lunch time we had completed a leaf hook and we were all really hungry ready for our lunch. The food was very nice, all homemade and local produce. After lunch we were onto our final project for the day, a coat hook with 3 hooks. This project was demonstrated with some different techniques including riveting, but we weren't following a set design this time and could add our own design to it.
Overall the day was very enjoyable and we came away with 3 finished items each. We knew it would be hard work physically but it was also really tough to get the metal to do what you wanted it too! Adrian was a very good instructor, friendly and very patient with our beginners skills! The food was all lovely too. We would recommend the course, it was definitely value for money!
A very good, informative and professional course balanced by friendly and enthusiastic tuition. Impressed by the scope of work carried out here alongside these courses, obviously this work is sought after and I have seen many examples in the area and in outlets. We produced useful items to take home. Plenty of tea/coffee/ refreshments during the day.
Most fun I've had with my clothes on as they say!!
A relaxed educational experience and it was so refreshing to be able to put any 'mistakes' back into the fire . . . and start again.
The food was also worthy of note - absolutely gorgeous and very plentiful. Debbie and Adrian make an exceptional team.
A course voucher makes a different and interesting gift appropriate for almost any adult. You do need to be reasonably fit but Adrian helps anyone who is struggling (me!)
Wow! What an amazing day. After a welcoming cuppa and fantastic cake, a quick H&S briefing and down to business. The step by step instruction from Adrian is paced just right for all, and a helping hand if you need it.
On top of all that the catering is delicious, homemade and locally sourced.
Brilliant day. Adrian is an excellent teacher the course is fun well paced and really enjoyable. I was amazed at how quick you start making your own items. The food and refreshments provided were delicous. I would go on the day again just for the sheer fun of it.
A really great day. I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who don't feel particularly artistic but think they must have some creativity somewhere in them!
Adrian presents you with the ideas and designs and shows you the required techniques but the artistic flair is yours to express.
Really informal and relaxed and the other folk at the centre are similarly enthusiastic and helpful. The food and coffee are great and to top it off it's even a nice drive there and back (from Otley anyway).
I have no hesitation in recommending this course.