Short Morning Blacksmithing
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About the Course
This blacksmithing course will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The course will start with a short health and safety talk, followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process and process design, to create the first artefact you will make.
Each week further skills will be added via a narrated demonstration and as you progress, each week you will have the opportunity to make another artefact. As you increase your skills portfolio, your ability to design a process for the creation of your own artefact will also be expanding.
On the fifth week you get the chance to, “your own thing”. Your only parameters will be your skills portfolio and your imagination. Using your new skills you will be encouraged to design a small artefact that reflects your entire skill base. If you don't feel ready to break out, Pete will demonstrate an alternative piece for you to try, or you can remake any of the artefacts you have already been shown.
Throughout your course you will receive close guidance from Pete in everything you do, therefore making the best use of your time at the anvil. You will be encouraged to think like a Blacksmith and how to train your eye to see what the Smith must see to succeed. You will receive no end of encouragement from Pete when it goes wrong, backed up by one to one micro demos of the component not working for you.
The pace of teaching is entirely flexible to fit your requirements so there is no pressure, after all, this is supposed to be fun too, not a weekly trial by fire. One thing is certain, you will be surprised at what you can achieve that you never thought you could. Try it and see, you won't be disappointed.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided, as are the essential and obligatory safety glasses.
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Course Start DatesThursday 11th January 2018
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