Come along to Fransham Forge and learn welding from a Master Craftsman! Prior to developing his career as a Master Blacksmith, Nigel was trained as a coded pipe welder and has previously worked on several big London buildings. His trade continues to involve the need for honed welding skills alongside forging. As an experienced tutor Nigel will guide you through the basics of welding. This course is designed to give the beginner the knowledge and confidence to weld basic materials together and achieve a 'saleable' standard of weld. Nigel will cover all aspects of MIG welding, how it works, what you can weld, what consumables you need, what type of welding machine that would suit you and your workshop and how to look after your equipment. By the end of the day you should know how to weld quickly and efficiently, understand when things go wrong and why. You will be given the opportunity to weld different thicknesses of material and positional weld procedures. 90% of the course will be practically based with small groups of beginners allowing Nigel to give advice and tips on an individual basis. If required, overnight accommodation is available in one of the Forge's shepherd huts situated in the adjacent wooded sculpture trail. The huts are self catering with a shared 'cook cabin' which contains basic cooking facilities inside and outside, gas or wood BBQs are available. If that sounds too much like hard work, there is always the local pub or take-aways a short drive away. The huts have electricity and a wood-burner so don't worry about cool evenings, there is also a shared shower cabin. The huts costs £40 per night - you are welcome to bring your partner to stay by arrangement too. There is also plenty of room for camping if you prefer, just bring your tent!
What's included in the price?
All supplies and welding equipment. All H&S gear. Students are required to wear warm old clothing and comfortable boots. Coffee and tea is provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.
Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts
- Hearing impaired
- Limited mobility
- Mother's Day
- Corporate days out & team building
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
- Stag dos
- Suitable for beginners
- Hen dos
- Daytime (weekdays)
- Intermediate level
- Accommodation offered
- Father's Day
- Parking provided
To be honest, it’s not ideal – the Forge is quite remote. Norwich is the nearest major railway station. The X1 bus (Norwich to Peterborough) travels frequently along the A47. The drop off in Fransham Village is about a mile from the Forge.
Four to six
Please email us – we try to accommodate everyone but we will be honest - we cannot accommodate all conditions or disabilities- and will let you know if we feel the Forge would be unsafe for you.
Email us for more information if you wish to consider a stop over.
Wear layers of old, preferably natural fibre, clothes. Forges can be cold places despite the fire - although you will probably warm up during the day if you work hard enough! Wear warm socks and comfortable boots – it’s a long day.
Courses start promptly at 8.30 am
Courses finish around 4.30 to 5.00pm