Bladesmithing Beginners



This one day Bladesmithing workshop with Iain Jones & Dave Southgate will introduce you the skills required to make a blade. It is useful, but not essential, if you have had some basic blacksmithing experience as you will be able to progress at s slightly more advanced level.

You will learn practical tips & techniques on:

• selecting metal
• heat treating metal
• basic forging techniques
• basic finishing techniques
• grinding
• forming twists, curls & scrolls
• drawing out metal
• use of the anvil & hammers
• annealing
• shaping hot metal
• health & safety in the forge area/related to bladesmithing

You will use those tips & techniques to make a blade working from a tutor design.

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors & our low class numbers (max 4 per blacksmith) & a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed & allow students to learn more

You will need to wear suitable clothing & footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential.

Please note this course will require a high level of manual dexterity on your fingers & is physically demanding on the shoulders & back.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements or needs.All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day. Refreshments throughout the course.

Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen and wear suitable clothes for working outdoors.


Rachel at Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses


J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre
Ecclesall Woods
Abbey Lane, Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S7 2QZ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
Candice - - #23301

Such a fun course, and amazing what you can achieve in a day! We'll definitely be back for another course!

In-person course
Natalie Tanner - - #23172

Such an amazing course, Iain and Dave were fantastic tutor's.

I never realised how much hard work goes into forging a blade, I was really happy how my knife turned out, but I do wish we had more time to fine tune a few details.

I would recommend this course to everyone interested in bladesmithing. Any future courses they decide to arrange, I will be more than happy to attend again

In-person course
Brad Levin - - #23156

Recently had the pleasure of completing this course and Iain and David were fantastic.

One hell of an experience and a beautiful blade sat proudly at home

In-person course
Martin Munden - - #20354

Bladesmithing course with Dave and Ian , I was a complete noice, we were shown examples to give us an idea of what we were making. Good paced learning where a step was demo’d and then we had a go. Format worked well , having two craftsmen share their knowledge was great , they can salvage anything that goes wrong . We all produced a knife , had fun heating and hammering a bar into handle and then forming a blade , we learn news skills , had an appreciation of the furnace, working temperatures, hammering techniques .
I would high recommend this course.
Only recommendation is location offer more courses and opportunities for others to participate .

In-person course
Robin Hollands - - #20203

I very much enjoyed my introduction to bladesmithing today, despite the rain! We were shown how to make "Yorkshire" Viking knives, which included a fair bit of blacksmithing in the handles, as well as forging the blades themselves. The instructors were great; knowledgeable and helpful and able to fix up the various little mistakes we all made at some point. There's a lot to cover in a day and things did get a little rushed towards the end, but we all went home with unique creations, and a better appreciation of the craft. Highly recommended.

In-person course
Paul KEITH - - #18183

Well run and thoroughly enjoyable

In-person course
Martin Rollin - - #8133

This course was booked as a gift from my Wife. Blacksmithing is some thing I have wanted to try for a long time.
The course didn't get off to a good start as we started an hour late with no explanation or information as to why, however once we started it was brilliant, Tim and his staff were helpful informative and really showed a passion for their trade. This showed in the demos and ease in which they gave help and advice throughout the day nothing was too much trouble and no question went unanswered. We more than made up for the late start at the end of the day. Thanks once again To Tim and his team for an excellent day I would certainly book on another one of his courses

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