Blacksmithing taster day courses in Yorkshire and the North East
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About the Course
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.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.
What a great day. I’d been looking forward to it for ages and it surpassed my expectations. Can’t believe I managed to make what I did during the day but Adrian is a great teacher as well as an entertaining host. Debbies food throughout the day is also fantastic. Would I recommend this course? Yes absolutely and I will almost certainly be going back for another.
Marcus Ineson - - #18178
Hammering metal? Check.
Excellent advice? Check.
Amazing food & beverages? Check.
Beards? You'd better believe it.
Amazing day and would happily recommend to anybody else who feels like getting to grips with bending metal to your will.
Get it done. It's a no-brainer.
Sam Fereday - - #18138
Really fun day learning about Blacksmithing! Who knew it was SO physical and intricate - it really gave me a good insight into how skilled Blacksmiths are. A great experience and a great idea for a 30th present with a difference!
Food was amazing too - thanks Debbie :)
Claire - - #18080
A great day learning new skills in a friendly, safe and supportive environment. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who thinks it might be for them - don't doubt it - book a course and find out.
Deborah Fern - - #18047
A very good day , tutors very skilled and fun to work with , lunch was very good with a very frendly atmosphere
Would recommend the course
Andrew welsh - - #18044
Had a great day with Adrian, Andrew and Debbie in the Forge and actually successfully making something. From someone whose last foray in metalwork was 3 months trying unsuccessfully to file a 2" piece of metal square that is a great accolade. Not only was the tuition great but the food was wonderful as well. Thanks to everyone. Already have a few people interested in coming along to another day.
Bob Missin - - #17782
Absolutely brilliant day today with Adrian on today’s course!
Learned loads and he was always happy to answer questions and share his experience with this wannabe blacksmith!
Also have to say massive thank you to Debbie for supplying coffee, cake, biscuits and a delicious lunch!
I will definitely be back when I get the chance!
Daniel Charlton - - #17728
Very good day well managed and supported by two encouraging blacksmiths a lot of hammering in the heat of the forge and filling food supplied. Thanks
David - - #17602
What can I say, a truly amazing experience. As a complete novice I was unsure of my ability but through the expertise of Adrian and Andy I managed to learn the basics of blacksmithing. Adrian and Andy were always on hand to give you advice when needed. Debbie also provided us with wonderful food and refreshments throughout the day.
The whole day was hugely enjoyable and I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the craft of blacksmithing.
At the end of the course I felt great sense of achievement and had two practicle hand forged items which I am very proud of.
Needless to say, I will definitely be attended future courses. Many thanks, Adrian, Andy and Debbie for a fantastic day.
Simon - - #17567
Another fantastic day at the forge. Adrian and Andy are excellent tutors, helpful and supportive throughout the experience. We used some of the skills we learned on our taster day and tried new techniques such as fire welding! It was fab.
Thanks again for a fab day, we are now looking forwards to making garden flowers in the spring.
Debbie and Craig - - #17565
Another fantastic day at the forge. Adrian and Andy are excellent tutors, helpful and supportive throughout the experience. We used some of the skills we learned on our taster day and tried new techniques such as fire welding! It was fab.
Thanks again for a fab day, we are now looking forwards to making garden flowers in the spring.
Debbie and Craig - - #17564
Great day, really interesting. Brilliant instruction, delicious food, excellent banter. Can't wait to come back.
Joff - - #17556
The toolmaking course was the usual Wood experience with its mixture of useful practical information and humorous banter. I opted to do something different to the norm as I have made quite a few tongues in the past. I opted for a couple of scroll formers. No problem to Adrian he just let me carry on and make them, both he and Andy on hand for advice when needed. Thanks lads.
Debbies food was its usual excellence with the lemon drizzle cake exceedingly drizzly.
Trev Rymer - - #17472
Brilliant! Thoroughly enjoyed everything from the excellent food to the excellent tuition. I now know how much energy and care goes into making metal objects. The arms and back are tired but my mind has been excited by the day.
Thanks again to you all.
Gareth Jones - - #17365
I got this for by partners xmas presant last year he has loved it today he said he thoroughly enjoyed it and will be booking again thankyou
Amy cockrem - - #17357
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Adrian and Andy for what has been an outstanding experience today!
I’m knackered and my forearms hurt so much along with my back but it was all worth it to bring home the 2 masterpieces that I made of a dragon hanger set and the keyring.
From the first contact with you on email through to meeting you today and then the patience and support of the lads, it all went to make it a truly memorable day for me.
Your cooking is a loss to Darton but a gain to my waistline!
Thank you again, you’re a superb team and long may you be successful.
Nick Sterling - - #17095
What a great day!
Andy and Adrian were great at sharing knowledge, providing useful tips and helping out us novices in a supportive and helpful way. There's so much to learn and this course was an excellent introduction.
Debbie provided great snacks, refreshing tea and a wholesome delicious lunch.
I'd thoroughly recommend the day for anyone wanting to learn a bit about blacksmithing or wanting to take it further. Be careful - it could become addictive.
Keith Davie - - #16902
Fire. Heat. Tools. Banging. Exhilarating. Sense of achievement. What’s not to like!!!A great day for all abilities, and the ‘little bit of help ‘ when I could no longer hold the hammer.
Thank you all.
Helen Askham - - #16860
Adrian and Andy are great blacksmiths and have just the right skills to train beginners. I thoroughly enjoyed the day but also not forgetting Debbie who provided snacks and a wholesome lunch. I brought home two great pieces of work which I am very proud of.
Tony Smith - - #16838
Excellent day out I would highly recommend it.
Scott Robinson - - #16623
Great course, excellent food. Clear instructions leading to being able to make something that I didn't think was possible in such a short time I can thoroughly recommend this.
Tony - - #16574
Was a Christmas Gift and very different to what we would normally do. We had a great day and everyone was very helpful. Would recommend to any one who wants to do something different.
Geoff Callender - - #16435
A fantastic day, Ade, Andy and Debbie did a great job taking us through the work and helping us get it all done and feeding everyone. If you like making things then this is a must for you, I would very much recommend this
Steven Hill - - #15879
Fantastic day ( flowers ) my 4 th course Adrian and Andy are on hand to solve any problems. Debbie provides fantastic food from home made cakes and biscuits to a fabulous vegetarian lunch followed by cheese and a gorgeous pudding.
I can't believe what can be created under the expert tuition of Adrian and Andy
Brilliant Brilliant day .
Be warned you lot I'll be back along with Dax . You have been warned lol XXX
Jack Armitage - - #15783
I was bought this taster day as a birthday present.
It was an excellent experience. Many have commented already about the food on offer and that starts as soon as you arrive with the homemade biscuits and flapjacks, then continues with a tasty and large portioned lunch and even ends with cake. All of this is well earned in the rare uk heat wave spent at the forges.
The sessions were pitched perfectly building confidence and slowly developing the skills to make the two items to take home. It was tiring but I really did leave wanting more. I really can’t recommend these folk highly enough both in patience, skills and relaxed personalities.
Simon - - #15769
This is the 4th time I have been out to play with Adrian, Andy and Debbie. Once again what a fantastic day. This time was the flower course. We made 2 flute Lilley, one with more traditional petals, a fantastic rose and some curly bits as accent pices.
As always Adrian does a demo of each step then he and Andy walk round the room pointing out hints and tips and helping where needed and partaking of a good bit of banter.
I have done a lot of different "experience" days and these guys run the best of the lot.
In fact I am going to go one further, you don't come here to experience what it would be like to be a blacksmith, you come here to be a blacksmith.
Thank you very much guys, I am looking forward to my next visit.
Dax Hewitt - - #15768
A fantastic day! I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Thank you.
Neil - - #15662
What a brilliant course. Ade and Andy keep an eye on you and I guess assess your needs. They only step in to advise/help where necessary. Quite frequent for me. It did seem that everyone on the course was well covered by the two mentors who did not seem to mind the diversity of talent and attended with great good humour.
The food. Oh the food! Debbie makes great food. Debbie is used to feeding Ade and Andy. No small job! Both of these guys are built like blacksmiths. Beware at dinner time,you may not be able to move too well afterwards.
Trevor Rymer - - #15654
I’ve wanted to try my hand at blacksmithing for many years, and so when a colleague recommended this course, I asked my husband to buy me a place on the course as my Christmas present. I was a little apprehensive when I walked into the barn to find myself the only woman (apart from Debbie) among a group of big guys with beards! But Adrian and Andy reassured me that I’d be fine, and it turned out to be a brilliant day! Everyone has their own anvil and tools to work with, so you can concentrate fully on your piece and get a real sense of achievement when it is complete. Andy was great - when I struggled he was always on hand to help out, fixing the occasional mistake, and encouraging me, to get me on track again. Debbie’s food was wonderful! My son was so impressed with my dragon coat hook, he now wants to do the course himself! I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new skill, do something creative, and doesn’t mind getting sweaty and dirty, even a 58 year old woman like myself!
Helen - - #15645
Ade and his team were fabulous and informative. At no point did you feel that they would take over and finish your piece they really are keen for you to do it yourself . I would highly reccomend the taster course . Really great food too and plènty of it . I will be back again!!! Thankyou for a great day.
Andrew Stewart - - #15630
A great day the forge with Adrian and Andy. I love the dragon coat rack we made, it now takes pride of place in my man shed.
Debbie makes a great lunch, the cheesecake was out of this world.
Would love to go again and learn some more skills. Am already wondering how to convince the wife to let me get a gas forge!
Thanks for a great day.
Ian Arnott - - #15628
Thanks Adrian and the team for a great two day course. As a beginner in blacksmithing I find it extremely enjoyable to have expert tuition on hand yet the freedom to have a go without being overlooked. Adrian has a very positive style and attitude and gives value to your efforts and results.
Anyone reading this and wondering if they could do it, I'd say have a go. You're in great hands. Thanks again.
Peter Mann - - #15588
A brilliant day for me and my father. My dads first time at the forge and my second. Adrian and Andy were great meaning that dad and the rest of the class could do the beginners course while I did something a little different. The guys and Debbie are brilliant making you feel right at home as soon as you step through the door creating a wonderful relaxed atmosphere so everyone can get on making their own treasured creations. This course is great letting you channel your inner artist into making something from a lump of steel or if your like me and not the artistic type you get to learn some great skills ( Plus there's something intoxicating about hitting hot metal with a hammer!!!) Artist or engineer you'll love this course, it's great therapy and hugely satisfying creating something from scratch by hand.
I cannot recommend this enough, my second visit and i'll be back for a third!!
Ben Hanley - - #15471
I paid for a course for myself and my partner Debbie, christmas present for her! (do I know how to show a girl a good time?) and we both loved it......class size was just right, the instruction and guidance given throughout the day was excellent and the food was unbelievable......and so much of it too. We will be signing up for a return visit.
Craig Harrison - - #15457
I did the introductory 1 day course and thought it was excellent. A well equipped workshop and your own anvil to work at. Instruction was thorough yet concise, meaning you could get stuck in to trying your hand at forging in a very short space of time. The food by Debbie was excellent and abundant - the cheesecake was a particular favourite. Adrian and Andy are very willing and able to answer any questions you have. I have already recommended the course to a friend and would consider doing a further course myself when I get the time.
Andy Hedges - - #15448
Me and my wife spent a day with Adrian and Andy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, by the end of the day we were shattered but filled with a sense of achievement. The day starts off with a health and safety message and then onto the demonstrations to guide you through the build of your metal creations, Adrian and Andy were there to offer help and guidance as needed, and Debbie provided the wonderful home cooked creations that kept us sustained throughout the day.
A day I can thoroughly recommend, so enjoyable and satisfying.
Andy Wilks - - #15415
This course was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law for a milestone birthday and was a complete surprise.
From the outset it was obvious that this was going to be a relaxed (maybe not the right description come 4 o'clock) and enjoyable day with great knowledge, guidance and direction, as well as some stories and 'jokes', from the guys and lovely home cooking from Debbie.
Everything was explained and demonstrated well and apart from the odd blister for those wielding hammers for possibly the first time there were no problems!!
Was it worth going? - Yes
Did I meet some interesting people? - Yes
Would I attend another course here? - Yes
Would I recommend it to others? - Most definitely
Thank you very much.
Ian Wilson - - #15343
I had loads of fun, there was good guidance on blacksmithing techniques. The lunch was nice because we had burgers made on the forge. Thank you for a fun and creative day.
Charlie Hill - - #15227
Response from A W Artist Blacksmiths:Hi Charlie,
Thank you so much for your review. Really do appreciate it. I really enjoyed our 1 to 1 session and really pleased you liked our burgers, its a bit of a Thursday tradition here at the forge.
Hope you are inspired enough to further your training in the craft of blacksmithing, you certainly have a natural ability. Good luck.
Had a really great day at the forge, right from the start of the day to the end it was very well organised. Great welcome from Debbie with a cuppa and cake, atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Once Adrian went through the health & safety it was straight in to the blacksmithing which is what people want. Within half an hour of starting we had our first piece of steal in the fire. Adrian gave really clear demonstrations and let us go to work but was always on hand with help if needed. Debbie also provided a delicious big lunch.
This was a gift from my wife, so as a gift it's great for all ages and abilities.
Martin Blyth - - #14993
Really enjoyed the day, the tuition and friendliness of Adrian and David and the lovely food provided by Debbie.
It was hard work but worth every minute to learn the techniques and appreciate the skill of a Blacksmith in general. David's work is lovely anyway but his generocity in advice and help is really appreciated
This was a gift from my son and daughter to help me appreciate the medium of metal and to help with my own business of glass by bringing the two mediums together.It certainly achieved that for me. I now feel better equiped to communicate with the metal worker about my requirements but I have also learnt a new skill which I would like to explore further, but perhaps not become a Blacksmith :-) Thank you Adrian, Debbie and David for the wonderful day.
Wendy Stafford - - #14907
I would like to thank Adrian and Debbie for a fantastic day at the forge,the day was bought for me by my daughters for my birthday,the content and delivery of the tuition in my opinion was faultless the lunch and refreshments was first class and I came away feeling like a blacksmith even though that is some way off can't wait to go back.
chris storey - - #14895
The day bought for me as a surprise gift for my birthday.
A most enjoyable experience , the hosts very helpful and guided me through every stage of the day. I was most pleased with the items i made and will be a forever reminder of a brilliant day. Would highly recommend.
Mr Rixhard Allanson - - #14855
We had a great day, the course was very informative and fun. It was a nice sized group, not too many. The lunch and homebakes were delicious.
Susan Green - - #14829
An excellent day, that I can recommend to anyone willing to get their hands dirty to achieve something in a day. At 71 years old, I was a little apprehensive at going near to a forge, but the instruction and support from Adrian and Andy was just great. And the techniques we used to bend and fashion metal into something useful and decorative were enlightening. Thanks also to Debbie for the excellent lunch and other refreshments during the day. Thank you all.
T Sutton - - #14820
What a fabulous day. Great atmosphere, lovely people and superb instruction. Oh yes and great food! Anyone who is interested in trying this out but unsure of their ability should attend one of these courses. Importantly one goes away with not only a sense of achievement but also genuine 'respect' for this craft and the people involved with it. David & Susan Davies
Susan & David Davies - - #14818
I bought two places on the course for my husband for Christmas. The idea was to have a nice day out together doing something different and have some fun.
Adrian and Andy were great tutors, provided demonstrations and guidance whilst working. We had a good laugh along the way and brought home a key ring and a dragon with three coat hooks each.
Debbie was in charge of the catering and lunch and the supply of flapjack/cake were both delicious.
We had a lovely day and will be back. Thank you!
Sarah - - #14817
My wife bought me the course for a retirement gift (probably to get me out from under her feet for a day) ...and what a day it turned out to be! I was made welcome by Adrian, Andy and Debbie and the fun began. Adrian demonstrated the items to be made and then it was in at the deep end with Adrian and Andy on hand to guide us through each part of the processes. Adrian is an excellent and patient instructor and although my makes were obviously not as good as his I was delighted with the items which I took home. Unfortunately I also took home some extra pounds too because although my wife as put me on a diet since I retired, Debbie.....the hostess with the mostest! ....plied us with the most amazing refreshments throughout the day. All in all a most splendid day and highly recommended. A thank you to all concerned.
Steve Dolby - - #14444
Possibly one of the best 'Me days' I have had... Adrian and Andy are there to support and guide you through the briefs. I came away very much inspired by the work they do and certainly with more practical knowledge than I turned up with. I am delighted with my creations and am now the envy of friends and family who have seen them. I did spend most of the trip home to Leeds working out my own home forge!
Debbie's delicious veggie cuisine, cakes and bakes at lunchtime and afternoon tea are definitely something to look forward to along with the sense of achievement you'll get after an industrious few hours in the forge.
I would have no hesitation recommending the taster course, I hope to be back to visit very soon!
Sarah Brown - - #14402
I attended this course with my son- a 21st Birthday gift from his sister and a 60th birthday gift for myself from my son. After an early start to get there we were greeted by Debbie with a hot drink and delicious flapjack. Adrian gave us our first demonstration and then we proceeded to make our first object- a keyring. Adrian and Andy were there to support and guide us but allowed us to get on with the job in hand. Both were encouraging and helpful.
We then proceeded onto the dragon coat hook which is great.
Debbie did us proud with a super lunch and cakes. The group were lovely and it felt relaxed throughout.
We came home with our achievements and great experiences.We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. We would highly recommend this course to all.
Iain - - #14376
I had an excellent day from beginning to end. Debbie provides an excellent selection of delicious homemade sweet treats and a particularly excellent lunch. Adrian and Andy are excellent instructors and are both very friendly and helpful as they mingle with the various students having different levels of success with steel! Thoroughly enjoyable and very strongly recommended. A+ all round.
Tom Watson - - #14374
Adrian and Debbie are the perfect hosts, excellent tuition throughout the day from Adrian, extremely knowledgeable light hearted with no pressure or expectation.
The whole group supported throughout, Lunch was very good a vegetarian stew and baked potatoes followed by apple crumble delicious! The day flew by and we all left with two very well made momentoms..
Would highly recommend this course well worth every penny.
Steven Shannon - - #14293
Thank you for a great day.
I booked the day for my dad and me for his birthday. We were really well looked after and got to get really stuck in and make some fantastic projects.
Amy Punshon - - #14272
What a brilliant way to spend a day....and to come home with two items that I could be proud of. A key ring and a dragon 3 hook coat hanger. My husband was also with me so a little bit of competition was going on as well! Interesting to learn new techniques with very helpful instructions and clear demonstration but with out them intruding into your learning experience but there when needed.
Catering was excellent... few pounds heavier as Debbie makes an excellent flapjack besides a great lunch.
Would highly recommend a go, lots of fun, hard work but fulfilling.
Bobby Terry - - #14190
A wonderful day. We were warmly greeted by our hosts - Adrian, Debbie and Andy and after a hot drink and a few essential preliminaries were shown how to make our first item. So , within half an hour of arrival, nine hammers were being applied to nine pieces of red hot steel. Throughout the day, the level of supervision and help was extremely well judged - Adrian and Andy were always available to guide us or demonstrate but did not in anyway intrude. The first items were complete by coffee time and then we were set to work on a much more comprehensive piece involving many different blacksmithing techniques. All the participants looked doubtful that they could create something resembling the demonstration piece but by mid afternoon, incredibly, we all had. Our endeavours were only interrupted by an extremely good and wholesome home-made lunch - thanks Debbie! All nine participants left having had a enjoyable and very memorable day and feeling they had really learned something and achieved something. Ten out of ten for Adrian, Andy and - of course - Debbie. Many thanks. It had been worth every mile of the drive from North Wales.
Alan Godsave - - #14177
What a great day! I've done metalwork before but not forging - I'm hooked now! Really good tuition from Adrian and Andy with clear demonstrations and plenty of help when it went a bit pear shaped. Debbie does a great job on the catering front with never ending drinks and flapjack and really nice lunch.
Overall, we both really enjoyed the day and came away with a couple of completed useful projects. Can't wait to get on another course!
Ron Irving - - #14166
The day was excellent. The staff were knowledgeable, but also affable, welcoming and very approachable. Being even more feeble than I thought I was, my arm was jelly before we broke for lunch, but i still managed to create a coat rack that looked like a dragon (if i squint at it) and is very usable. While the tasks seemed initially daunting, the smiths were always close to hand and willing to help (like when you can't lift the hammer anymore and they kindly assist while the shaking subsides from your hand) . The food during lunch was very good, with a hearty rustic taste. Everyone was warm and welcoming and i would, and will, recommend it to others. A really fun day.
Lee Todd. - - #14156
I can't thank you guys enough ... I had an awesome day, and came away buzzing with the one and only craft done by myself :)
The coat hooks I made will make a lovely addition to my house .
Teaching was expertly broken down to easy steps, all coming together brilliantly.
Can't wait to book onto another course soon.
Food was lovely and home prepared, lemon drizzle cake to die for.
Thank you once again Adrian , Debbie and the whole team that made this run so well .
Carwyn Dwyer - - #14082
Had great time, course covered loads different things, help and advice was given at all times. Very friendly relaxed atmosphere, highly recommend it for anyone. Big shout for Debbie's food, might have to email her for the recipe .
Peter Morland - - #13989
A very enjoyable and constructive day. Excellent instruction from Adrian - even I could follow. Good assistance if needed. Very pleased with my creations in iron woohoo!!!
The food was excellent. Thank you Debbie.
Well worth a visit.
Peter Gilroy - - #13975
Absolutely brilliant day on the blacksmithing course everyone was incredibly friendly and the help received from Adrian Andy and Debbie was great!
Would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in metalwork or art! Even if they don’t feel particularly practical or artistic. The course will help them massively.
Chris Lofthouse - - #13972
Cracking day! Great instructors, we all got straight into work from the off, help is given where needed but you're given plenty of time to work by yourself and get stuck in. Nice relaxed atmosphere, small group size with an anvil each. Would definitely recommend to a friend. Oh and the food is excellent and there is plenty of it!
Jack - - #13502
Had the course bought for me as a birthday present and didn't know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the day Adrian and Andy are both great guys who explained what to do and how to do it and then let us get on with it without jumping in so we all managed to complete our tasks in our own time. The food was all home cooked and had more than an army could eat. Will be booking a return trip definitely. Thanks to the team for a great day.
Neil Jackson - - #13453
Adrian, Andy and Debbie made a cold day in March a more than warm and hospitable day. Friendliness exuded from every moment, I travelled for two hours having felt really jaded and worn out from work and wasn't sure if I had the ability to enjoy my 50th birthday present.
But enjoy it I did, the teaching was excellent, informative, erudite and witty. I gained so much new knowledge and skills it was truly awesome. Then it was interspersed with Debbie mouth watering fayre, not to mention the array of distinguished cheeses (all with a wonderful local provenance).
I am most definitely a late convert to blacksmithing, wished I had done this earlier and I can't wait to go back for my next course. A five star course given by five star people.
Andy Toogood - - #13432
For anyone interested in a Blacksmiths taster day I can strongly recommend AW Blacksmithing Courses . Adrian and Andy provided excellent instruction with a very friendly attitude along with Debbie's catering which was absolutely wonderful. My thanks to the three of them for an enjoyable day, It was a great day that I'll never forget.
Gordon Ford - - #13418
We bought the experience for our son’s Christmas gift.
The booking process was so easy from start to finish. Debbie was a great help with choosing the right course, and gave advice on the local area for Mum & Dad.
The food was fantastic and there was plenty of it.
Ben had a fantastic time and was made to feel very welcome. Andy and Adrian were brilliant. They gave clear instruction and encouragement but didn’t micromanage.
Ben would love to go back so we are looking at a course to do as a family.
A highly recommended experience.
Claire Laverack - - #12935
Brilliant day. I’ve been interested in blacksmithing since seeing a display in a historical museum in the US. There was only me and my other half there so the blacksmith talked us through everything he was doing in meticulous detail, and then gave us the hook he made to show us.
I thought ‘I want to do that’
Then my other half bought me this course for Christmas.
And it was excellent.
Very good instruction, you realise quickly you have zero muscle memory for this sort of activity, but as you get through your first project and start getting the hang of things, you find enormous enjoyment from it. And you leave the course with a few bits of metal work that YOU produced.
Top tip: wear a hat. Bits of dust from the fires gets everywhere and lands all over your hair, drink, clothes etc. Not an issue but I didn’t think about that at all.
You will be breathing it in all day as well, so consider that.
Great food is served home made by Debbie. More cakes than you’ll know what to do with too!
Great day. Already booked on my next one.
Ross Beasley - - #12934
The whole day far exceeded my expectations: from the warm friendly welcome (which continued throughout the day), to the direction and support given by both Adrian and Andy. I nervously approached this course never believing I could possibly make something out of metal but came away on a high, with a dragon hanger and snail key-ring, which I had made myself! I wholeheartedly would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in making something from metal. On top of which I was fed delicious home cooked food and kept in supply of tea and cake. Thank you for the experience. Will be booking another course soon.
Trevor Parkes - - #12907
Adrian and Andy, what a great day - I never realised how much fun could be had hammering for 7 hours! Seriously, you run a superb course, informative with clear instructions delivered in a relaxed and enjoyable day.
Debbie, the food was lovely..
I have a new skill, yippee...watch out Thor!
Jon G - - #12749
This is a fantastic day. It was so much fun learning what to do and having a go at all the techniques. It gives you such a sense of achievement to take away what you have made. Lunch was great too. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Sarah Mills - - #12618
This was an amazing introduction into the world of blacksmithing! Practically from the moment we arrived we were given a hands-on introduction and were getting stuck in before we knew it. We were very involved throughout the entire day and were encouraged to just get involved and ask for help when needed; both Adrian and Andy are very experienced blacksmiths who were very friendly and approachable and happy to help out where needed.
Debbie was on site to provide a constant stream of refreshments and the homecooked and locally sourced lunch was definitely welcome, I think we all worked up a huge appetite as the morning progressed. Everyone involved went to great lengths to make us feel welcome and to provide an entertaining day and they were certainly successful in their efforts.
This course was booked for me as a surprise Christmas present and I was very happy to receive it; the snail key ring and dragon coat hook we made on the day have found a proud place in my house. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something practical and unusual and I have already looked into attending another course myself, I’d love to return!
Gareth Summers - - #12239
It was an amazing blacksmithing day. Very entertaining from the first minute. We made a dragon coat rack and a snail key ring. Andy and Adrian are really experienced blacksmiths and they were extremely helpful and nice during all the day. Debbie is also very cool and gave us really good food, coffee, tea, cakes and so on - everything handmade! I received an invitation to attend this course as a wedding gift from my friends last year, so I went alone. I am sure that I will repeat the experience, but next time I will be attending with my wife. She will greatly enjoy it too!
Manuel Llorca - - #12178
It was a full and busy day with quick demos and then getting stuck in for ourselves. You very quickly learn different techniques in steps that you build on over the day, gaining confidence in working with metal. Adrian & Andy help you learn and share interesting stories of their time blacksmithing.
I am not in the least bit artistic, so I was amazed to go home with work that I am proud of. It is clear that a lot of thought and effort has gone into both the format of the day and the things we made.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to try something practical and satisfying.
James Dewes - - #11992
If you want to try new things that you might only do once in your life then you have to do this course. Great set up from start to finish, well looked after by Adrian and Debbie. As stated in other reviews, after a quick chat over coffee, a bit of health & safety and guidance you are pretty much straight into smashing red hot bits of steel with hammers as you set out making your first item! The environment is excellent as it is a proper barn on a working farm, the noise, the dirt, the heat of furnaces, the aching arms of swinging hammer blows make it a really authentic experience and an fascinating insight how a blacksmiths runs on a day to day basis. Photographs and videos are encouraged to take home memories of the experience. Debbie's home cooked food was outstanding as was selection of breads and cheeses. The other participants made the day memorable too. All in all an outstanding experience.
Alan Morton - - #11985
Fabulous day at the blacksmithing course. Very knowledgeable, patient and experienced course leaders. Warm welcome and we brought our keyring and dragon coat hanger home with pride. You get the opportunity to make the items yourself, with guidance and actually feel like you have achieved something. Worth every penny.
Mike and Vicki Lumb - - #11978
An amazing full day of blacksmithing. Whilst I thought it might be an easy introduction, we were straight into it! flaming furnaces, hot metal, anvils, hammers. Before we knew it we had made stuff! Brilliant. Help on hand to assist and encourage. Everyone makes a coat hook but there is scope to personalise and make it your own. Good food and good conversation around the lunch table. Fab day worth every penny and the few months of anticipation. Warning - don't plan anything big for that evening. We were fast asleep by 9pm!
Chris Fletcher - - #11977
Had a really great day last Saturday making a dragon coat hook and key ring. A really unusual and satisfying birthday present and a lasting result to take home. Enjoyed the banter and company. We were shown how to do the various stages and given guidance as and when we needed it.
Great atmosphere, good company and not forgetting great food!
Deryck Myhill - - #11724
What a satisfying day. My youngest daughter bought me this day as a birthday present. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend it to anyone. Adrians tuition was first class as was Andys help; Debbie has to be commended for the excellent catering. This is a day you can disappear into. Thankyou
Charles Fletcher - - #11645
At 46 this is the first review I've ever left - the course was so enjoyable & valuable, I'm compelled to make comment.
Ade 's instruction was spot on, plus I was picking his brains on all things blacksmithing, I learnt so much - the day flew by.
I'm quite amazed at the pieces I made, by far exceeded my expectations.
I'm a veggie & gluten intollerant, Debbie & Ade could not of been more accommodating.
I'm defiantly setting myself up at home with a little fire pit & anvil in the garden to play.
In todays world of smart phones & tech, to be in that room in front of a fire pit hitting a glowing red hot steel bar on an anvil was so grounding, primal, it felt just great! I urge all to give it a go - let the stress melt away.
10 out of 10, I'll defiantly be back for more.
Howard Peel - - #11639
I was given this days course as birthday present and I can say it was one of the best courses I’ve been on. The location was really nice and the forge was very well equipped. Both Adrian and Andy were excellent instructors, very friendly and helpful. I would really recommend this to anyone wishing to try this out for the first time.
Martin Taylor - - #11634
This was my first experience of blacksmithing so I had little idea of what to expect. The day was absolutely fantastic. Very practical and hands-on right from the start with great supervision and coaching from Adrian and Andy. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the time flew by. As an absolute beginner it was amazing to come away with a couple of finished pieces. This gave me the confidence to want to come back and have another go which I am planning to do soon. Thanks for an excellent course - good company, great humour and some new skills to practice. Also the lunch was delicious - thanks Debbie!
Mike Powell - - #11610
Amazing course. Learned so much it took a few day to process it all!! Really pleased with the Rams Head Poker and fire tools that I made. It was a long journey to get here but worth every minute of it. Not quite sure where the day went! Will 100% be back for more. I am hooked on blacksmithing... just got to find a way to dump the day job!! Thanks again!
Nick Farn - - #11384
great welcome and excellent food. The atmosphere is conducive to learning with great instruction from Adrian and his assistant .
My wife was really pleased with the candle holder I made and it will have pride of place on the Christmas dining table . Thank you
alan kirton - - #11380
What a great experience!
The warm welcome (and Debbie’s excellent cake) sets you up for the rest of the day. Adrian and Andy took the group step by step through making a rams-head poker, that I wouldn’t have thought I could manage. The day was well paced and well explained explained. Lunch was delicious and hearty (thanks again Debbie!). Then in the afternoon the chance to be creative with making a toasting fork of your own design. (Oh, and more cake to finish!)
What’s not to like?
Adrian Fox - - #11369
My 3rd course all fantastic just booking my next try it you will love it x
Jack Armitage - - #11348
Really great day, thank you Adrian, Andy and Debbie for the lovely food, great tuition and your patience. We had a great day and would 100% recommend this day. Katie and Andrew
Katie Tiffany - - #11239
Excellent day, would strongly advise anyone who fancies a go at hammering some hot metal & making something cool to have a go.
David Russell - - #11238
Brilliant day around even with the blisters, fantastic tuition very patient attitude with complete novice like myself.
Great banter within the group , really enjoyed the crumble at lunch.
Would recommend this course to any one.
Thank you very much.
Rik Saunders - - #11210
Thank you, Adrian, Andy & Debbie for a great day, friendly and educational we felt at home from the outset. Excellent tuition from true craftsmen, helping us to create decent representations of the key ring and dragon coat hooks, fuelled on by some great home cooking and good banter. Brilliant.
Cheers, Alan, Carl & Kieran.
Alan Atkinson - - #11203
Possibly the best birthday present ever. Thank you for an amazing day with fire metal and cake. Adrian and Andy are both great teacher's and fantastic artists. I cannot recommend this course enough.
Gareth Thompson - - #11196
Fantastic course. Everything was really well explained, there was assistance whenever needed and demonstrations of techniques.
Everyone was really friendly and the pace of the course was great. There was no rushing and everyone got time to catch up.
I honestly cant speak highly enough of this day and we will definatley be back next year.
Sophie Humble - - #11194
Brilliant day, would not change a thing. Thanks again.
Stephen Orr - - #10424
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
Callum Kay - - #10404
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!
David Elliott - - #10369
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.
Quentin Emery - - #10323
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.
Joanne Priestley - - #10313
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.
We both had a great day, thank you
Ali and John - - #10182
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!
Alex colley - - #10159
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!
Abi bean - - #10158
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.
Moira - - #9764
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.
Abi, David and Peter - - #9753
What a fantastic day, highly recommended. I'll definately be back. Many Thanks
Mark Bullivant - - #9750
A superb day with excellent tuition throughout. Highly recommended!!!
Adam Bushnell - - #9694
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
simon webley - - #9693
Absolutely fantastic day with Adrian, Andy and Debbie, brilliant course, brilliant food, brilliant (very talented) people. I will definitely be back soon
Ben - - #9686
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.
wendy Turner - - #9683
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!
Pete - - #9671
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
Vicki & David - - #9520
I cannot fault this superb team.
They can somehow turn a day of hard labour into a magical and creative act!
I cannot thank them enough for the experience's I have had.
Christopher Pope - - #9512
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
Jon Barclay - - #9443
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.
Russ Brunt - - #9309
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!!
Paul Ballard - - #9302
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
Lesley Holehouse - - #9289
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.
Dave Blogg - - #9271
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!!
Jude - - #9264
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......
Tracey - - #9120
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!
P.s. THE FOOD IS AMAZING!
Peter - - #9117
Had a fantastic day on Saturday.
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.
Michael - - #9115
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
Peter Payne - - #9107
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!
Dave Lee - - #9105
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
Paul Brown - - #9094
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!!
Harry Clark - - #8846
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!
Allan & Helen Thomas - - #8838
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.
Richard Williams - - #8832
Thanks for a great day at the forge! enjoyable,informative and fantastic food. Already wanting to further my skills on one of your bbq courses.
Greg - - #8828
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....
Rob Hames - - #8785
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!
David Woodcock - - #8781
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.
Many thanks for an inspiring day. And great food!
Neil - - #8660
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.
Kirsten Mc - - #8647
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.
Len Shield - - #8644
Another fabulous day with the team, this time to forge garden flowers. Expert tuition and guidance and delicious food.
Thank you to you all once again 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Vicki & David - - #8630
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
Jack Armitage - - #8619
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.
David Billett - - #8614
A fabulous day with patient, expert tutors (not to mention the lovely food). I came away with a real sense of achievement and end products to be proud of. Thank you Andy, Adrian and Debbie.
Stella Worton - - #8418
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.
Eliza Fox - - #8078
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.
Simon Frost - - #7910
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.
Charis Hindhaugh - - #7885
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!
Tom Elliott - - #7860
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.
Jock Bray - - #7848
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.
Steve Hall - - #7837
Great course, great company and great food. Highly recommended.
Steve Tate - - #7714
Battered, bruised, burned and blistered. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great tutoring, lovely food, delightful people all round. Well definitely do it again once my arm stops hurting.
Andy - - #7604
Great day. Learned a lot and had fun. Lovely food. Great support from Adrian and his colleague.
Julian - - #6692
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
Helen Arthur - - #6675
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
John Holmes - - #6658
Great day! I was quite amazed how far one get in blacksmithing without any prior experience. Thanks to Adrian and his team,
Alexander Lenz - - #6656
Fantastic day all round. Excellent instruction from Adrian and Andy with delicious food from Debbie. Really enjoyed it and cannot wait to book again, highly recommend it to anyone.
Stephen Tough - - #6565
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.
Matt & Ben Waite - - #6548
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.
Alex Tawns - - #6525
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.
Vicki & David H - - #6517
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.
David Billett - - #6516
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.
John Noblett - - #6513
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
Panikos - - #6473
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°
Martin - - #6450
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.
Sam and Neal Toulson - - #6444
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!
Mark & Ben - - #6418
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!
Pippa & Arron - - #6379
A fantastic day excellent tuition and food. I would highly recommend this poker course, thanks Adrian Debbie and Andy we will see you again
David Barrott - - #6362
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.
Neil Ewin - - #6282
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
Gary Maltby - - #6266
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!!
Gemma & Chris - - #6264
Had one of the best days ever!
Adrian is an excellent tutor, very experienced and knowledgeable. Got down to making something from the go and left with a sense of satisfaction and some pieces that I am proud of making.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!
Andrew Mee - - #6241
Great day, great people, great food and great fun. Really enjoyed it, definitely worth waiting for
Andrew Vincent - - #6209
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.
Graham Parry - - #6197
Amazing day with good food, great tuition and have booked more courses.
Jack Armitage - - #6192
An excellent day!
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.
Helen and Allan Thomas - - #6005
This was a surprise Fathers Day present, something I have wanted to do for decades..
I was greeted by Adrian, Andy and Debbie, with tea/coffee and great biscuits..
The course was perfect for anyone.. when you start trying things yourself, you just realise how good blacksmiths really are..
I can't really say anything different to all the other reviews.. Just get yourselves booked on the next available one.. I haven't stopped grinning from ear to ear since doing it.
The homemade food an puddings for lunch was amazing (Thanks Debbie) and the cake after we finished was wonderful..
Did I say Book a course now.. ? yes.. well do it then.. I will be again..
David Pearson - - #5983
“A great day, good fun and relaxing atmosphere. Hands on and straight into bashing steel! Highly recommended will be taking time out to visit again. Thanks Debbie too for the fantastic spread.”
Shaun Cope - - #5555
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.
ALAN KIRTON - - #5543
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
Angela Alderson - - #5516
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
Darrent Wilbraham - - #5378
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.
Sheri-Leigh - - #5279
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.
Jonathan Roskell - - #5268
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!
Jess - - #5265
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.
Len Shield - - #5242
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.
David Laycock - - #5227
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.
Dr Brad Kirkland - - #5225
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.
Dax Hewitt - - #5222
Very friendly and fun day. Help was there when needed without feeling like your hand was being held constantly.
I'd recommend it to anyone if they have ever fancied having a go.
Darren Heron - - #5009
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.
David Billett - - #4948
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!
Jenni - - #4945
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!
John Lower - - #4768
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!
Paul - - #4761
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
Darren Foster - - #4757
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.
Mark Hillman - - #4678
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 .
Richard Chapman - - #4650
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.
Dax Hewitt - - #4649
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
David Thompson - - #4648
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!
Mark - - #4483
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.
Amanda - - #4475
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!!
Gemma & Chris - - #4470
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!
Larissa Llewellin - - #4466
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!!
Sam, Mark & Ben - - #4445
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.
Jak H - - #4331
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.
Clare Wootton - - #4316
Great day, great food!
Spent an excellent day at Hornby. Learnt a lot (its not all about hitting as herd as you can; some of it is quite subtle). Excellent food and good craic.
These courses are well well worth a go!! Many thanks.
Martin Graham - - #4281
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!
Rebecca Baird - - #4176
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.
Jo Freeman - - #4090
What an excellent course,it was so friendly and informative with fantastic food can't wait to go back on another course we thank you all
Dave,mark, rob - - #4079
Excellent course. Friendly, interesting and practical. Good food!
Graham Robbins and Sam Robbins - - #3738
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.
Andy Ruffell - - #3713
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,
David Newton - - #3685
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.
Ian Cross - - #3682
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.
Dax Hewitt - - #3623
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!
Andrew Edwards - - #3617
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.
Martin Ashton - - #3613
What a fab day. I've come home with 2 usable and useful objects that I'm really proud of. Adrian & Andy were just great teachers and so helpful. I may be back to try the candlesticks sometime.
Jill - - #3611
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!
Callum - - #3610
I was a complete beginner to blacksmithing and I don't have much experience with any type of craft but I came away feeling like I had learnt some new skills and that I had made something half decent!
The food was top notch and Adrian, Debbie and Andy were all very welcoming and pleasant company.
It was clear that Adrian really knows his craft. I couldn't recommend this course more.
Chris Caple - - #3539
Honestly the best experience day I have ever done, they guys were excellent and paced the day perfectly. A great atmosphere through out the day with expert guidance.
The food, drinks and cakes deserve a special mention. I would rate the day a 5 star on the catering alone!
Don't miss out on the best creative experience day available.
Thank you guys, you will be seeing me again.
Rowan - - #3507
Well I've had an excellent day, learnt many things, in good company with expert tuition and fab food. The family think I'm a craftsman too!
I would thoroughly recommend the experience
David Thompson - - #3506
Great day out; well organised, friendly people, nice setting, fine food...
Only downside is that I'll have to wait until next year to do another course!!
Lee Kirby - - #3479
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.
Thank you all for a great day.
Louise Carter - - #3474
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.
Darren Wilbraham - - #3363
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.
Robert Cruickshank - - #3099
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
Dave Borthwick - - #3079
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.
Andrew Tomlinson - - #3075
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.
Angela Woods - - #3073
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.
Paul Rogers - - #3072
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.
PJM - - #3064
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.
ash and john - - #3057
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.
Matt W - - #3041
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.
KMc - - #3033
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.
David martin - - #3032
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.
Elliot Watson - - #3016
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.
Dharma - - #3000
Debbie, Adrian and their team are so very welcoming and attentive.
Everything is taken in stages but don't worry if you forget a bit they are on hand to help and guide you.
The projects are fun and you get to take something home at the end if the day that you can say you made.
Nothing is too much trouble and the food is the final topping. Home made and oh so tasty. You definitely won't go hungry while hammering out your creations.
Just a great and unusual course!
Libbie Waddleton - - #2996
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.
Michael Young - - #2957
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.
MATTHEW RICHARDSON - - #2863
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.
John - - #2841
Cracking day, good banter with staff and fellow students, learned plenty, a good insight into how much hard work goes into blacksmithing, food and refreshments excellent.
Stephen Mason - - #2837
One of the best days out I have had for a long time. Brilliant tuition, fantastic food and really good facilities. Would like to return sometime for another go.
Brendan Llewellin - - #2765
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!
Darren - - #2670
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.
John Borman - - #2520
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.
Christopher - - #2502
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.
Chris Elkins - - #2468
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!
Simon J - - #2466
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
Rob - - #2447
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!!!
Dave - - #2367
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.
Matt Busfield - - #2279
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.
Holly - - #2154
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 :)
Kev Collins - - #2111
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.
James Hill - - #2045
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!
Eddie Moore - - #2021
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.
Ian Simpson - - #2012
Excellent day, full of interest, Adrian was a very patient tutor with lots of knowledge on the subject, lovely food cooked by Debbie, will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Mike - - #1993
Awesome. Fire, hammers, metal, noise, sparks. What's not to like.
Duncan - - #1986
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.
Caroline Saunders - - #1978
Tea, cookies, cake, no sword :( but a dragon instead. 5/5 would hammer metal with metal again.
Alex Keane - - #1815
We thoroughly enjoyed the day and were really pleased with the products we took home. The hospitality and tuition was very good in a relaxed atmosphere.
John Worthington and John Walker - - #1782
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!
Nigel Webber - - #1781
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!
Anna Harvey - - #1744
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!!
Peter Nutbrown - - #1743
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!!
Robin Smith - - #1597
Fab day with a very friendly and helpful tutor. Lots of hands-on time with a very good balance between guided and independent work. Very welcoming and fantastic food too! Thank you.
Walter van Opstal - - #1553
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.
Neil Colquhoun - - #1487
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!
Jonathan Wriglesworth - - #1463
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.
Chris and Jonathan Sowden - - #1462
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
Gill Segger - - #1424
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!
Stu Nicholson - - #1420
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!
Abi Baxter - - #1388
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.
Roger Williamson - - #1387
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!)
Amanda Tomlinson - - #1386
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.
I can't wait to go again!
Adrian Fox - - #1384
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.
Matthew Richardson - - #1383
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.
Simon Chalk - - #138
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