Damascus & Mokume: 3 day specialist blacksmithing course
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About the Course
You will learn how to make Damascus Steel and Mokumé Gane. These materials are made by a process which layers together different metals into a single piece. The layering process eventually produces beautiful patterned surfaces on items made from the material.
Damascus Steel is made from layers of ferrous metals (types of iron and steel) but Mokumé Gane is made from non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass, gold and silver.
Mark Constable is a specialist in these techniques and is the visiting tutor for this course.
The process begins by making a multi-layered or stratified stack of two or more different metals. By applying heat and pressure, these layers are welded together into one homogenous block known as a billet. The billet is then manipulated in various ways such as twisting, punching and chiselling before being forged out into a piece of usable metal. This metal now has inherent surface patterns. Acid etching is sometimes used as part of the process to develop and enhance the effect.
Typically, students on this course will make either a paper knife or a small dish. However, as the course mostly focuses on learning the techniques involved in making the materials themselves, students are free to make other items as they wish within the time available under the guidance of the course tutors.
Peat Oberon is a master-blacksmith and has been a member of the British Artists Blacksmithing Association (BABA) for nearly 40 years. Peat is a seven times winner of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths trophy and won the ‘Tonypandy Cup’ last year from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. Peat has taught and demonstrated the art of blacksmithing all over Europe and has had students in his teaching forge from as far flung as Japan, Nigeria & New Zealand.
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?
The cost of the course is £300 (£290 if paid in advance). This includes lunch on each of the three days. The course usually takes place from 9.00am to 4.30pm from Friday to Sunday.
The course is intended for people who have already taken our '3-day beginner's course' or who already have some previous experience of blacksmithing. Each course can accommodate up to eight people.
Please get in touch to confirm your booking and we will send you our course pack. This contains all the information you'll need about how to find us, places to stay and other places you can visit while you're in the area. It will also tell you about what you will be doing, learning and making on each day of your course.
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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Accessible by public transport
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Suitable for stag and hen dos
- Teen friendly
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