Weekend introductory blacksmithing course 'B' at Quinnell School of Blacksmithing

Weekend introductory blacksmithing course 'B' at Quinnell School of Blacksmithing

Duration: 2 days

Price: £290

Run by: Richard Quinnell
at Quinnell School of Blacksmithing

01372 374791

Rowhurst Forge
Oxshott Road
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 0EN

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About the Course

Our 'B' course is led by Ambrose Burne, who introduces his students to the basic operations with some set pieces; then it becomes more design-based and experimental, with an exploration of the students' own ideas developed with Ambrose's help. It’s a good idea - but not compulsory - to think about what you might want to make in advance, in very general terms – don’t be too ambitious - entrance gates really aren't a possibility!

Ambrose teaches on the BA Degree course in Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, and he undertakes commissions and exhibits internationally - in September 2017 at the international World Blacksmithing Championships in Stia, Italy, Ambrose was part of the victorious Gold Medal winning 'Team UK' in the team design and make category, beating hundreds of other blacksmiths from around the world.

The assistant tutor is Eamonn Kenward.

The 'B' course starts at 9:00 am prompt on Saturday, and runs until 7:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 - 4:00 pm.

The course is suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of about 14 upwards; or for people with some basic experience looking to develop their design and forging skills.

Classes are limited to 8 students, each with a fully-equipped workstation.

Students are encouraged to discover the properties of hot iron for themselves, but there is plenty of sympathetic expert help available if any aspect becomes a struggle.

Past students have described the experience as 'amazing' and 'mindblowing', and the satisfaction of proud makers showing off their achievements at the end of the weekend is very evident.

This course makes a terrific and unique present - for birthday, Christmas, retirement, or anniversary (6th is Iron, 11th is Steel - and why not take it together?).
Also a very useful experience for a young person who wishes to expand their understanding and explore their ability to make things by hand.

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 included in the course fee, and all tools, safety glasses, gloves and aprons are provided; we do ask you to wear your own steel toecap safety boots - and we'll tell you how to get good comfortable ones at very reasonable price by online mail order with quick free delivery.

We provide a light lunch, and biscuits, tea, coffee, water and juice throughout the day.

We don't offer overnight accommodation ourselves, but will send you a list of comfortable local B&B accommodation with nearby evening meal availability, on request.



Want to review this course?

The course was well structured for beginners. The pace was just right and so were the challenges. The tutor, Ambrose Burne was excellent (and I say that as an experienced tutor). Having another highly skilled blacksmith on hand to provide extra help was more than one would normally expect on a course with 8 participants. Hard work, but thoroughly enjoyable in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Adding another couple of vices would be a good idea.

Liz Dell. HND(Fine Art) TDipIT.

- - #15346

I very much enjoyed this course, and have wanted to do something like this for a very long time.

The tutoring was of a very high standard, I really felt the tutors loved and knew what blacksmithing is all about.

After some basic exercises, there is plenty of time to work on your own designs. So it is a good idea to think about this before the course!
Even whilst I am not very artistic I can say that I'm proud of what I produced on the w/e.
Thank you Ambrose, Eamonn and the other students for a good w/e far exceeding any a city break!!!

- - #15302

Brilliant course, and chuffed with what I made. Thank you to the Ambrose and Eamonn for all their help

- - #15260

What an excellent weekend! The perfect set up for learning a new skill, highly skilled and adept teachers (and just down right decent blokes). Great food, (very lovely cakes!!) and although personally, I am not very talented, I did not stop learning from the moment I arrived. On top of all this, you get to make some cool implements to take home and display your forging prowess (and possibly open bottles with)!!
In all honesty, if I could go every weekend, I would...So book today...no seriously BOOK IT!!!

- - #14372

Great experience and support , advice available for all abilities.

- - #14290

Really great introduction and some super helpful guys!

- - #14281

Would highly recommend this course. The guys were friendly and welcoming. After a health and safety run through it was straight onto the forge. Being a small group meant if anyone needed extra help the tutor was able to spend time explaining the best way to approach the problem. Came away with 4 pieces which was more than i thought i could make. Even though the saturday was a long day i could have carried on for longer and the time flew by. Really enjoyed the whole weekend and planning another visit as i have loads of ideas for more projects. We stayed in leatherhead and were only a 5 min drive from the site which was easy to find.

- - #14254

This was my second course, building on a previous one, so I wanted to use more techniques. Experienced teachers who knew how to help and also helped me design and make a piece (belt buckle) which is much admired. Very decent facilities, day was a good length, with frequent tea and biscuit breaks to give the old biceps a break! I have already booked onto my next course and am looking forward to it.

- - #12820

Excellent course, great fun but hard work! Managed to make things I didn't think I was capable of (with a bit of expert help!)

- - #10842

A great course if you enjoy learning the rudiments of a new hands on skill. It's very practical so you are wielding a hammer within minutes of starting the course. Ambrose goes at a really nice pace allowing you to be as guided or sell sufficient as you please. A top experience.

- - #9879

A great way to 'have a go' at blacksmithing. The course was relaxed but I still managed to create three items over a weekend that I'm proud of. Everyone was really friendly and supportive, encouraging creativity. It's a testament to how much everyone in the group was enjoying the course that we all continued working on our pieces even after the official end time on the first day and had to be (gently) encouraged to leave!

- - #9870

The course was an excellent introduction to Blacksmithing. I wanted the opportunity to create an object rather than just learn techniques and this course provided the perfect blend of creativity, techniques and hands-on support. The weekend brought together a group of people from different backgrounds and we all enjoyed the experience. I look forward to building on this course.

- - #9869

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 29th September 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018

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