Course Provider: Quinnell School of Blacksmithing
Contact Name: Richard Quinnell
Telephone: 01372 374791
Course Length: 2 days
5 star rating, 4 reviewers.
Our 'B' course is led by Ambrose Burne, who introduces the student to the basic operations with some set pieces; then it becomes more design-based and experimental, with an exploration of the student's 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, and undertakes commissions and exhibits internationally.
The assistant tutor is Eamonn Kenward.
STOP PRESS! This September at the international World Blacksmithing Championships in Stia, Italy, Ambrose was part of the victorious Gold Medal winning 'Team UK' in the team category, beating hundreds of other blacksmiths from around the world. Other members of the team were Matthew Garton - another of our tutors - with Sam Pearce and Victoria Gaskile.
Matt Garton was runner-up Silver medallist in the individual World Championship category, again in a field of several hundred. Our tutor Peat Oberon, past winner and twice a member of the distinguished Jury, was runner up in the Design Drawing category. This is a fantastic result for British Blacksmithing, and for the Quinnell School of Blacksmithing. Congratulations to all of them!
The 'B' course starts at 9:00 am prompt on Saturday, and runs until 6:00 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?). We send you a personalised gift announcement for you to give to the lucky recipient on the day.
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.
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