Welding with confidence



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!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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

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


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

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In-person course
Des Waterfall - - #33261

I really enjoyed this introduction to welding with MIG. Excellent demonstrations of different methods which we were allowed to practice. Nigel made it look easy and after practicing I managed to get some half decent welds. Like anything practice will improve the results. It has given me confidence to try at home with a MIG welder I bought many years ago when I had a Landrover. The use of the Auto mask made it easier to concentrate on the welding and not worry where the torch was pointing. Thanks Nigel, your sense of humour, stories and advice relieved the worry about striking that first arc.

In-person course
Dean Newton - - #33260

Great day on MIG welding with Nigel. Went from total novice to someone who would be confident tackling projects at home. The majority of the day was hands-on practice, with Nigel setting us various tasks as the day progressed, each supported by a story or two from his past exploits. Very entertaining.

In-person course
John Williamson - - #32807

Nigel is a great teacher with a lot of tips to make welding easier. He demonstrated every step and then you got the chance to learn by doing. I learned a lot from him and I accomplished what I set out to do. That is to give welding a try and see if is something I can do as a hobby when I retire in another year. Thanks Nigel!

In-person course
Reg Smith - - #31899

A lot of useful tips, hints and instruction in a short time. Got Welding quite quickly so plenty of hands on Mig practice with a touch of stick. Plenty of equipment to use and coffee to drink.

In-person course
Stuart Pear - - #31895

A great course and very cleverly pitched at the more mature student, not one of us less than 50! Admin at the start of the day seemed a bit random but later realised this was part of the scheme to make us feel comfortable and teach old dogs new tricks! learnt a lot from Nigel who is clearly a master craftsman at working metal but without being patronising or condescending, in a real working forge environment. Nigel was full of tips, and hilarious anecdotes about his many years in the welding industry. More informative and fun than I ever anticipated. I hope my next Birthday present is the Blacksmiths course!

In-person course
Stuart - - #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
Niall Thorogood - - #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
James Bell - - #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
Ivor Hudson - - #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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