'Have a Bash' at Blacksmithing course in Ludlow, Shropshire
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About the Course
Come and ‘Have a Bash’ at Blacksmithing on a one-day introduction course! The process of heating and forging hot metal is fun, fascinating and should be enjoyed by everyone (albeit pretty hard work!!)
Jake Hedge is a fully accredited Blacksmith from the National School of Blacksmithing who now runs his own business from a small & charming forge in Ludlow, the heart of rural Shropshire. “Thanks to Jake’s patient and calm teaching” you’ll have no problem getting to grips with the fire and will be swinging a hammer with intent in no time!
The day starts at 9:45 where we’ll meet at the forge, then stroll just around the corner to a lovely café to grab a coffee and to show you where we will have lunch (coffee and lunch with a drink is all included in the price). After that its straight back to the forge where the fires will be lit and ready to go! After a quick safety talk and then a demonstration it’ll be your turn to hit some hot metal and have some fun! Jake will demo different items throughout the day which includes a fire poker, bottle opener, coat hooks & ‘S’ hooks. How well the student takes too it does determine how many items can be made but Jake often give’s his demo pieces as an added bonus! We stop for lunch around 1pm and then crack on straight after and try and get as many pieces forged as possible before we finish at 4pm.
If you’re not opposed Jake will also take a few ‘action shots’ throughout the day so you’ll be emailed some hi-res images of you working at the forge.
Please note: there is no toilet at the forge, we use the cafes just moments around the corner.
***** “What a great experience, Jake was a brilliant tutor when two of us spent a day at his Forge, taking care to show how to do the work and his relaxed manner made it a cracking day. I would recommend this to anyone, what a blast, top man, cheers Jake.” Arthur Hinton 3 July 2018
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What's included in the price?
Its all 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 tuition. For one person £165. For two persons £125 each. All tools, safety gear & materials included. Drink in the morning and also Lunch with a drink all included in the price.
Well what a brilliant day! Whether you have no idea ,or, think you have, Jake gives hands on tuition, encouragement and guidance on every aspect of what is involved! Relaxed, informative and insightful !
I had reservations of not being up to the job! Well, there is far more to the art. Finesses, precise and so so engaging! I am thoroughly hooked on this ancient yet current art form. Definately an experience that I feel enriched to have had. The history of tools and finishing on this work , left me privileged to have shared with my other half. We both would recommend this unique opportunity! Thank you Jake ! A true gent of your profession and Artistry. Sue and Andrew.
Susan John De parra - - #16597
Response from Jake Hedge Artist Blacksmith:Wow, thank you so much for the kind words. It was an absolute pleasure having you both in the workshop!!
Very much enjoyed the day. It was a great introduction to blacksmithing. Jake familiarised me with the key equipment that I’d be using and gave a clear demonstration of how to make various items. Jake articulated every step of the process which helped me thoroughly understand the procedure of producing each piece.
The workshop is great, it’s authentic. There’s no computers, no air conditioning; just metal, fire and dripping sweat .
An exceptional day and would recommend to anyone who is looking for an good personal introduction to blacksmithing.
Many thanks Jake.
Tim Matthews - - #15834
I never had the chance to do any form of metalwork at school or in the many years since. Meeting Jake at his occasional market stall pushed me into 'having a bash'. Absolutely no regrets. This is simple personal tuition in a simple workshop: No glitzy surroundings or presentations. Just a solid 'hands on' day.
Jake's teaching style is patient and understanding, with the aim of producing some hardware at the end. A proper introduction to the craft, giving a great understanding of what is needed to create metalwork.
Steve Blyton - - #15740
Response from Jake Hedge Artist Blacksmith:Thank you Steve for the kind words, was a pleasure teaching you! Kind regards, Jake.
I had a fantastic day. I wasn't totally sure what to expect except a flaming hot forge and new t̶o̶y̶s̶ tools to play with (which were definitely there! Somewhat vital...) but I also left with a new appreciation and understanding of the craft. Not only that but quite a collection of creations. I was happily surprised at what can be accomplished in a day. Jake is a very patient (thankfully!) and friendly tutor which made the day a lot of fun. It felt like a gradual build in confidence in the techniques so by the end of the day you're tending the forge and judging the timing. I left feeling like I had been given a real opportunity to experience blacksmithing, and that was just the tip of the iceberg i'm sure. I'd recommend anyone to, well, have a bash. Thanks Jake!
Mia Heath - - #15722
Response from Jake Hedge Artist Blacksmith:Thank you Mia for the great review. You were a pleasure to teach and great fun to have in the workshop! Until the next time!
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- Accessible by public transport
- Suitable for beginners
- Teen friendly
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