Blacksmithing taster session at Urban Crafts Foundation



On this course you will learn: The core techniques used by blacksmiths to shape steel. You will learn how to bend and shape steel using a gas forge, hammers and anvils. We will guide you through the steps needed to make a simple object like a fire poker that incorporates many of the fundamental techniques used by blacksmiths. What will I make on the course? By the end of the class, you will have made a small useful item to take home with you. Who is the course suitable for? The course is suitable for complete beginners who have never tried blacksmithing before and people who have been on one of our short courses and would like to continue learning. We won’t be doing anything too strenuous so there’s no need to worry that you’re not strong enough. What should I wear? It is essential that you wear old clothes made of natural fibres i.e. not made of flammable material such as polyester. You must also wear sturdy shoes that cover your whole foot (if you are wearing sandals you will not be allowed to participate in the course). What should I bring? You might want to bring a notebook. Most importantly you will need to bring a packed lunch. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge. Age requirements: The minimum age for this class is 17 however we love working with young people and if you are the parent or guardian of someone younger than 17 who would like to join us for a class please contact us to discuss your needs.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included in the course fee. Personal protective equipment is also provided and must be worn at all times. We will provide refreshments. Lunch is not included.


3 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


The Urban Crafts Foundation is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company based at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Education in Essex. Our fully equipped blacksmiths forge is designed so that we can efficiently teach and carry out commissioned work. We offer classes to members of the public in blacksmithing, coppersmithing and other crafts that we try to keep affordable. These in turn allow us to run subsidised workshops with young people facing challenges that stop them from thriving in mainstream education. ​

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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Manor Road, Lambourne End, Romford, Essex, RM4 1NB