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The Forge Experience

Duration: 1 day

Price: £180

Book with: Richard Maynard
at Much Hadham Forge

The Smithy
High Street
Much Hadham
SG10 6BS

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About the Course

Be a blacksmith for a day!

Come and experience being a blacksmith in the traditional village forge in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire.


In the village smithy in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. The forge dates from 1811, but is in a much older 16th century agricultural building. The forge has two hearths – one converted to use an electric blower and one which is still blown by hand-operated bellows.

Who with?

Your tutor will be the village blacksmith, Richard Maynard. Richard was educated at the Royal College of Art and Cambridge, and is a qualified teacher with 17 years experience in teaching in a practical environment. The Forge Experience is now in its fifth successful year – see below for feedback from previous students.

Tuition will be on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis.

What will I learn?

What would you like to learn? You will build your skills from whatever level they are currently at, be that expert, intermediate or complete beginner. The Experience is absolutely suitable for beginners; you will learn traditional skills such as lighting and maintaining the fire, tapering, bending, twisting, upsetting and riveting.

At the end of the Experience you will be guaranteed to take home a finished article, made by you in a traditional blacksmith’s forge.

What will I make?

Almost anything! One thing to bear in mind is that good quality metalwork always takes a lot longer to manufacture than you think it will. Something like candle holder, a boot scraper or a wine rack would be achievable. Richard has a Masters degree in design and will work with you to create something truly unique.

What will it cost?

For one person: whole day (8 hours) £180; For two people: whole day (8 hours) £290.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

One-to-one (or two) tuition, materials, coke for the forge, digital photos to record the experience, a guarantee of a finished product at the end of the experience and as much blacksmith’s tea as you can drink (like ordinary tea but with unidentified bits in).

Want to review this course?

This was a surprise for me on a stag do and it was awesome. We chose to make candle sticks as we each got to make and keep it. It was the half a day course. Some of us then got to make bottle openers as we had extra time.
The team there were very friendly and very very talented. Food we great.
I would highly recommend this course. We had a group of 10

- - #9092

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.