Weekend introductory blacksmithing course 'B' at Quinnell School of Blacksmithing
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About the Course
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?).
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.
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!)
Roger Kiitley - - #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.
David shepherd - - #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!
Sarah Storer - - #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.
Clinton Askew - - #9869
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- Teen friendly
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