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Welding with confidence


About the Course

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!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All supplies and welding equipment. All H&S gear. Students are required to wear warm old clothing (not fleeces or flammable clothing!) and comfortable boots.

Coffee and tea is provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.


Nigel Barnett FWCB at Fransham Forge
Fransham Forge
Cranes Corner
Great Fransham, Dereham
NR19 2HX
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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1 day (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Next available date

6th February 2021

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In-person course
- - #20985

Nigel is an energetic and enthusiastic tutor, full of knowledge and hints and tips to help you along, combine this with his many anecdotes and tales and you are in for an entertaining and informative day. This course is squarely based at someone who has never used a welder before so is a great place to dip you toe into the world of metal fabrication. Situated in the heart of Norfolk countryside the whole site is an artisan paradise.

In-person course
- - #20417

I had basic welding knowledge but wanted to learn the setups and tricks of the trade. Nigel is a great one to learn off, very knowledgeable and creative.
Would highly recommend. I'll be back for the blacksmith course!

In-person course
- - #19578

Well another great day with Nigel first time Mig and stick arc welding again learnt loads this guys has tones of knowledge and of tricks of the trade. The stories he told us were hilarious. Thanks mate see you soon cheers James 👍🍻

In-person course
- - #14614

Excellent Course, and just what I needed to get me MIG welding.
Nigel is a very friendly and helpful instructor and he soon spotted what I was doing wrong and put me right. Lots of opportunity to try different welding machines, and much helpful advice from someone who is a very accomplished and experienced welder. Thank you Nigel

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