One day one to one blacksmith course



Chalk Pit Forge is run by Alex Smith, who has been a blacksmith since 1998 and has run the forge since 2008, teaching one to one courses since 2009. This course is very popular and can be sold out six months in advance so please contact Alex to check available dates before buying a voucher. You can also ask to be placed on the waiting list in case of any cancellations. The forge is within the beautiful south downs countryside at Amberley Museum, West Sussex. Here I run courses for anyone aged 12 or over [12yr to 15yr olds need a parent present and 12yr to 17yr olds need to state their age when booking]. You can make whatever you like from the following list below. The course can be set around what you would like to do and learn. The general list of things you can make are: Curtain rails and brackets, candlestick holders, a wall sconce, hinges, rams head poker, tongs, toasting fork, brush, shovel, chestnut roaster, fire accessory stand, letter holder, paper knife, pots n pan wrack with hooks, door knocker, plant climber, t-light holder, bird bath, bird feeder holder, boot scraper, hanging basket bracket, sculpture, rose and leaves, tools, plant pot holder and a window grill. While making something you can learn how blacksmiths work metal by fire welding, punching, twisting, forging, bending, riveting, splitting, heat treating [tools] and dishing the metal. You take what you can make.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included in the course price, there is a large stock of mild steel available but if you need a specific size then please make sure I have it in stock before your lesson. Lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits are included. Health and safety gear is provided as well as tools. You will need old clothes you don't mind ruining, cotton/denim trousers [that cover the tops of your shoes so no coke/metal can fall in], trainers, shoes, cotton t-shirts/jumpers are all good. No shorts, flip flops, football t-shirts or shell suits [synthetics] but sensible clothing that will protect you from hot flying coke. If you have any other questions, please get in touch. Thank you.


8 hours (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



Chalk Pit Forge

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Station Road, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
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