Introduction to epoxy resin block casting (afternoon)



This course is an introduction to casting a block using Epoxy Resin and you will produce your very own unique resin work of art. Perfect for anyone interested in starting to cast resin also bladesmiths and makers wanting a one of a kind material for their next project.
Suitable for turning, arts and crafts and knife making these blocks are as useful as they are pretty.

I am a bladesmith who has made my own handles for years combining live edge wood, pinecones and other materials with resin to create bespoke one of a kind pieces. I will share my knowledge, methods and tips with you to help you make something you will be proud of.

You will get to design your own block from a selection of stabilised live edge woods and pine cones. To help ensure your design is perfect you can choose from over 40 colour options that include pearls, neon's, metallic powders and transparent colours. There is even an option to have your block glow in the dark!

Please note epoxy resin is pressure cast and can take 48 hours to fully cure. Once it is fully hardened I will demould your block for you and post it out, this is included in the cost of your course. Should you wish to use your block as a display piece there is an optional service I offer where I will finish and polish your block for you for £10.

You can even make your own block and then use it on my kitchen knife course as a handle for your own handmade chef's knife.

This Course Covers -
* Explanation of the resin being used, how to measure and mix the epoxy
* How to design your block, covering choice of materials and colours
* Setting your mould up for a pour
* Making you own unique resin block
* How to cut and finish your resin block
* I will provide you with a fact sheet from the day for reference

This course is up to 2 hours
You must be 18 to take part in this experience.
Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring plenty to drink as there is no drinking water available on site. This course takes place in my workshop which is a manufacturing environment.

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?

Gloves, safety glasses, tools and materials will all be provided but it is recommended to wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty.


David Brearey at Hand forged Yorkshire

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Unit 21b Addingford mills
Addingford Lane Horbury
West Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
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  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


2 hours (2:00pm to 4:00pm)

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Gill & Cathy - - #39370

Thoroughly enjoyed this course in the old mill buildings. It was easy to find from Dave’s instructions. This is a forging workshop so don’t expect laboratory conditions. Dave is very well prepared with a full safety briefing at the outset. He is very considerate to each persons needs and tremendously patient to ensure you each come away with something you will be delighted with. His knowledge of the subject is extensive and he is very happy to share this with you. If you were wanting to embark on a resin casting career or craft, the information he provides you with to take home is very useful. We are really looking forward to seeing our completed blocks when they’re ready. Thank you Dave it was excellent 😊

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Thank you both very much for you kind review, I really appreciate it. Great to meet you both, your blocks turned out fantastic well done.
Kindest regards

Nicky Labdon - - #39353

Cannot recommend enough. A very enjoyable afternoon with clear instruction. Friendly and helpful. Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing the finished product 😊

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Very kind of you to leave such a nice review Nicky, many thanks indeed. Your block turned out fantastic, just the right amount of sparkles in it!!
Kindest regards

Madeleine - - #38960

We had such a good afternoon learning how to cast resin blocks with Dave. The course is really well structured and Dave is great at explaining everything really clearly. He has lots of knowledge that he's built up over years, and he's happy to share with you on the course. Also, Dave has lots of materials to choose from so you can get really creative. I would definitely recommend!

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Very pleased to hear you both enjoyed the course, really appreciate your kind review Madeleine many thanks indeed much appreciated.
Kindest regards

Alison - - #38232

David gave a really comprehensive course whilst still explaining everything in a way anyone can grasp and was really good at guiding you through the process in a friendly and fun way.
You gets lots of information on how to continue working with epoxy if you wish and take-home instructions.
Would thoroughly recommend this course and it’s not as messy as you think it might be!

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Thank you very much for your review Alison, it is greatly appreciated. It was great having you in the forge and I think the block you made looks fantastic, well done.
Kindest regards

Jenny Lowe - - #37470

Had the best afternoon learning about resin with Dave who is very knowledgeable. Giving you great ideas, tips, tricks of the trade to get you started and give you the best results you can get. It’s a ‘hands on’ class which I enjoyed as I like to get my hands dirty (as they say).
Can’t wait to see my block which I designed with Dave’s help. Already looking into supplies etc.
Thanks Dave, really enjoyed it

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Fantastic to meet you and so glad you enjoyed the afternoon Jenny, really kind of you to leave such a lovely review many thanks. Very best of luck with all your future projects
Kindest regards

Jeremy - - #37232

Did the course on Thursday. I was so inspired that by Friday morning I'd ordered all the materials for my first solo project.

Dave is a great teacher. Clear instructions, good pace, hands on practical experience. Super impressed with the end result.

I had a great time and would thoroughly recommend taking the course.

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Many thanks for leaving such a fantastic review Jeremy, was great to meet you and a pleasure having you in the forge.
Cant wait to see what you make with your next resin project, you had some great ideas and I wish you every success

Brad Mc - - #37222

What a fantastic day!
I thought I was booking onto a group class and was very pleasantly surprised to find it was a private session for just our party of two!
Dave says he much prefers it this way and I do too as it meant he could be very attentive to us and give us all the help and demos we needed
He was incredibly knowledgeable, and gave lots of tips and advice and even prepared an info pack for us to take away so we can do it in future. The course was tailored to what we hoped to get out of it.
Dave's a top guy and was really friendly and so easy to get along with.
Could not recommend the course more!

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Massively appreciate your amazing review Brad, thank you very much. It was a genuine pleasure to meet you both and I really enjoyed the class

Melissa - - #36900

Spent a great afternoon with Dave today, learning the basics of working with epoxy resin. Its a hands-on course, where you design and make your own block. Dave is lovely man, easy to chat with, very knowledgeable on the subject...and many more topics too! If you can't decide whether to book the course or not...just do it!

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

So pleased to hear you enjoyed the afternoon Melissa, you made some great design choices your block looks fantastic!! Many thanks indeed for your kind review very much appreciated
Kindest regards

Michael - - #35691

Great course. Easy to follow. Every step clearly explained. Had a good afternoon learning how to cast resin. Really informative- look forward to doing another course with you soon.

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

So glad to hear you enjoyed the course, many thanks indeed for your kind comments Michael, its massively appreciated. Would be great to see you back in the workshop

Andrea C - - #35667

A fantastic afternoon spent with David learning the art of resin casting. Really informative and good fun too. We learnt lots and feel really confident about giving it a go ourselves at home. Thank you :-)

Response from Hand forged Yorkshire:

Thank you for visiting the workshop it was great to have you attend the course, really pleased you enjoyed it and found it useful. Thank you very much for your kind comments

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