First steps in blacksmithing



On this course you will learn:

How to transform the shape of steel using heat and blacksmithing techniques. You will be introduced to the tools used by blacksmiths and use them to learn techniques that will allow you to manipulate hot metal into different shapes.

By the end of the day, you will have a good understanding of the forms that blacksmithing can produce and how to achieve them. Throughout the day we will look at the different approaches needed to work with flat, round and square steel stock. You will try hammering, bending, twisting, spreading, punching and chiselling metal.

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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Lizzie Hughes at Urban Crafts Foundation

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Manor Road
Lambourne End

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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