Course Provider: Quinnell School of Blacksmithing
Contact Name: Richard Quinnell
Telephone: 01372 374791
Course Length: 3 days
5 star rating, 3 reviewers.
This 'O' course is led by Peat Oberon, an award-winning blacksmith and sympathetic teacher, assisted by Eamonn Kenward.
It starts at 3:00 pm prompt on Friday, and runs until 7:00pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 - 3.30 pm.
The courses are suitable for absolute beginners, male or female, from the age of about 14 upwards; or for metalworkers seeking to gain a basic understanding of iron-forging.
Classes are limited to 8 students, each with a fully-equipped workstation.
Peat Oberon introduces students to the basic operations of blacksmithing through a tightly-planned programme of object-based procedures that result in all students making a loop-&-tendril poker on the first afternoon, a hanging basket bracket on the second day, and a ram's-head toasting-fork on the third day. This is a very impressive amount of work to get through in the time, the work rate is intensive and you should expect to become quite pleasantly tired by Sunday afternoon - but the sense of achievement is tremendous!
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. With 20 years’ experience, and over 1500 very happy students to date, we think we're getting it right, and can confidently guarantee that you will enjoy yourself enormously!
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. It's also an excellent educational experience for young people of 14 upwards - and a way for them to test their aptitude if they're interested in making a career in metalworking - we can advise on further training - apprenticeships and courses up to BA Hons and MA degree level, and opportunities for overseas training and travel.
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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