You will learn about many of the specialist techniques used to make leaves and other organic forms which are often used in both traditional and modern blacksmithing.
The course is aimed at those who have already had some experience and practice and wish to learn how to produce the more organic shapes and forms found in the natural world. It is also for people who would like to try some of the more ornate traditional work such as that used in restoration or for those who are just inquisitive about learning some of the more advanced techniques not practised by everyone.
The course is structured around a series of exercises which focus on learning a number of advanced techniques. You will be introduced to new sets of tools and will learn how to use them effectively to make natural organic forms. You will learn how to use fullers. These are straight or curved tools of different widths hit with a hammer. These allow you to create indentations, grooves and veins on a leaf or other organic form and to spread the hot metal to make thin, delicate edges.
You will learn a how to use leafing hammers. These come in many different sizes and shapes and are designed to reach inaccessible places on complex forms such as the water leaf. You will also learn how to use round-faced hammers to make round depressions and ridges down the centre of leaves and other forms.
You will make an art nouveau compound flower with petals and teasel spikes. This will teach you the importance of carefully thinking through and planning a complex project in advance of making it. This will help you to save time and achieve the results you intended. You will also learn the technique of fire-welding a large number of components together to make a single compound object.
You will be shown how and when to use a 'flatter' and how to make your own special tools to achieve shapes and forms like the iris leaf which could not otherwise be created. You will see how the techniques you are learning can be applied to many other areas of blacksmithing and you will develop your ability to utilise them. You will soon realise how the new skills you are learning will broaden your ability and benefit your blacksmithing!
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 you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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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