SGIAN DUBH - Blacksmithing in Edinburgh @ Work of Iron



Workshops can be tailored to meet the student's skill level and no experience is necessary however this workshop is moderately hard work and will require physically determination. A sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife, originally made for eating and general day-to-day uses, its now it is now worn as part of traditional Scottish dress. On the sgian-dubh forging workshop, you will spend the morning being guided through the alchemy of blacksmithing and start off with some basic techniques. This will involve a fascinating insight into metallurgy and learning to physically control the fire and forging at the anvil. We will then get started on forging your sgian-dubh this involves, marking up, forging, grinding, hardening, and tempering and a final finish. You will spend the day with internationally renowned blacksmith, Jack Waygood. He started smithing at 18 and has had a very diverse range of experience within the craft. Predominantly his passions lie in contemporary architectural ironwork, visual art and sculpture but he is also well-versed in jewellery making, tool making and working as a blacksmith for the television and film industry (most recently over in NZ on the Lord of the Rings). He has also taught blacksmithing at degree level and gets a real joy from sharing his knowledge. This is a practical course, and you will be expected to get your hands dirty! However, there is no pressure and we will work at your pace, Jack will be on hand to help demonstrate and give guidance at all times. This course runs from 9 am - 3 pm with breaks that suit you. Availability is fixed around Jack's working schedule Monday - Friday, currently, we can only teach a maximum of two persons per day. Participants must be age 16+ for insurance purposes and must also let Jack know if you have any special requirements.

What's included in the price?

You will be required to wear steel toe cap boots and sensible clothing (we are working with fire). All other PPE can be provided including aprons, gloves, safety glasses and ear defenders. We have everything you need to get started such as materials, machines, and tools (bring your personal hammer if you have one). Anything you make is yours to take home and you're welcome to take photographs or any other form of recordings. It's probably a good idea to bring a notebook, tea and coffee will be provided and it's advised to bring a packed lunch. IMPORTANT - Once you have read the course description in full and wish to make a booking, please SEND A MESSAGE with your request, introduce yourself, how old are you? what is your level of experience? Do you have any special requirements?


6 hours (flexible times to suit)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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Jack Woi Waygood | Communicating Visual Ideas Through Highly Skilled Craftsmanship | Exhibiting Contemporary Artist | Active Metal Arts Teacher & Lecturer | Undertaking Collaborations & Commissions | Welcome to Work of Iron

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Mother's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Easter
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Spooky
  • Parking provided
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Tutor can travel
  • Romantic
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Jack Waygood, , , Midlothian, EH28 8NW