I have been wanting to go on a blacksmithing course for some time and was not disappointed. The full day was excellent. Ades help and tuition was great and the hearty lunch was lovely (must remember to have a light breakfast next time!) Enjoyed it so much, can’t wait to get on the next one. Would definitely recommend this as a gift or to just do something different. Thanks again for a great day.
This is the second time I have been on a Blacksmith course with Adrian and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.
The first time I made a key ring and a coat hook, this time I made a rams head poker.
It really is a good course to do, excellent tutoring skills from a really nice guy and fantastic food!
Thanks for another great day.
Excellent pre-course arrangements, teaching and hospitality including the hearty lunch - particularly liked the moreish flapjack on arrival and the cake! Ade’s instruction and supervision and help was as excellent as every and Debbie’s organisation and hospitality was top notch. Will be booking for next year.
Another great day in the forge with Ade. Made a great rams head poker and we had time to play around and make a fire rake as well. As ever Ade is super patient and helpful, demonstrating everything before we do our ham fisted efforts! Debbie did great refreshments and ace lunch (including charcoal cheese!). Everything was organised to ensure social distancing and full C-19 precautions, Much safer in the forge than the drive there.
We'll be back for the two day course!
Great relaxed day what was not to like one critiscm - too much nice food loved it
We had a great day learning about forging and making useful items in the process. We both felt it took us back to our teenage years when we both did metalwork.
We were guided in easy to follow stages throughout after an health and safety briefing.
We could ask for help at any time and this was given without us feeling silly.
We were also catered for very well with excellent food.
We would recommend this to anyone wanting a different experience and not minding getting a bit dirty.
Really enjoyable day. Adrian and Andy were great, coupled with the awesome home cooked food from Debbie you felt really looked after. Would highly recommend!
Brilliant day out with Adrian,Andy and Debbie thanks guys
Wow! What an excellent way to spend a Saturday after months of lockdown! The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly, with full guidance from Ade and Andy, and both were on hand to help when things got tricky. Debbie's home made food was amazing, so tasty and filling!
It was great doing something different and having a couple of keepsakes to take away with us too. I would highly recommend this course, and it's such a resonable price for what you get in terms of time, practical hands on experience, guidance and again....amazing food! We will definitely be booking up again!
Good day, good food, good company and good metal working. Thanks
What a brilliant day. We started with a very welcoming greeting and hot drinks and Debbie’s home made biscuits and flapjacks. At the forge Adrian’s tuition was delivered at an instructive pace and Adrian and Andy were then constantly available to reinforce the skills at your personal anvil. Extra opportunities were introduced for anyone who found themselves ahead of the group. A hearty home made lunch and afternoon drinks and cakes kept your energy levels up. A must do experience that’s worth every penny. Well done guys.
A great day at The Forge with Adrian, Andy and Debbie. This was my first experience with 'hammer and tongs' and was certainly a day to remember. A very warm welcome, and just the right amount of time spent on an introductory briefing and demonstration before we all set to work on our own pieces. Although the work was quite physically demanding, it was immensely satisfying and Adrian + Andy were always on hand to advise and guide, whilst allowing us to try different techniques. I'm really proud of the two garden flowers I created - a great reminder of an excellent day!
Thanks to Adrian+ Andy for their tuition and to Debbie for the fantastic + plentiful food. I'll be back!
A fantastic day creating garden flowers. This is our fourth visit to The Forge, each time has been thoroughly exhilarating and exhausting but extremely satisfying. The instruction and support from Adrien and Andy is excellent. In addition to the friendly atmosphere is the amazing food provided by Debbie. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.
This was a retirement gift from work, I thoroughly enjoyed it all, met some like minded folks and had fun. They took really good care of us, not only with the metal work, but also due to the lockdown restrictions.
A really good group that presented and not to mention the lovely food and flapjacks, could not recommend enough. Thank you
I had an absolutely fantastic day trying out a totally new skill, it was great I will definitely be back for another course if not more. To be fair, better than the metalwork was the food, mmm delicious I would come back just for the bait. 😁
A great day for anyone who wants to be creative and you take home what you have made.
Lots of tasty food and drinks.
Adrian, Andy are friendly helpful and talented. See some of the brilliant things they design and build.
This will be the third course I have been on and I enjoyed it as much as the others. The guidance from Adrian and Andy is second to none and if I've ever had problems with a piece of work they have been able to help rectify it. We attended during social distancing measures and I always felt everyone had plenty of room around them, so distancing wasn't an issue. Food, as always, was spot on. Debbie makes the best Veggie Chilli and there are some sweet treats provided throughout the day too. Highly recommend doing the Dragon Coat Hook course first to get into the swing of things. This definitely set me up for doing the Candle Holder and the Garden Flowers. A big thanks again to Adrian, Andy and Debbie!
This is the second blacksmithing day I have taken part in and it just gets better. I now have two metal flowers standing 5ft tall in my garden and can't wait to book the next day. Adrian, Andy and Debbie are a great team and their talent and encouragement ensures that everyone has a great day and achieves great things. Can't recommend the course enough and Debbie makes sure everyone is well fed and watered.
What a fabulous day, we both thoroughly enjoyed our day, learning the basics of Blacksmithing and coming home with two pieces of work each that we are very proud of.
From the moment we booked the course Debbie was very friendly and efficient in her correspondence, this carried through into the day, she made us feel very welcome and at ease on arrival and provided wonderful home made cakes and biscuits for snacks and a delicious homemade lunch.
Ade and Andy were extremely good in explaining how to begin, how to better a technique, how to look after yourself while working. They provided a good working environment that had all the equipment etc at hand and helped us to feel confident in what we were doing. They provided an excellent level of support, left us do as much as we could, but also knowing exactly when to step in and give a little extra support.
On top of this we had some interesting chats and laughs.
It was a great day, thank you to you all and we will be returning.
Tim & Michelle
Dear Debbie, Aid and Andy
What a great day yesterday, we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish even though at the end we were both feeling the effects of the challenges of being novice blacksmiths.
From the outset our expectations were exceeded, the demos and the guidance of the 'professionals' helped us to create pieces that we will look back on with pride.
The food was delicious, plentiful and very appropriately timed, then back on the job. We also had time to laugh which was great, my son Gary told me on the way home of my mistakes on the 'dragon hanger' which simply made my work piece personal and unique.
A great experience for both of us and the others attending. Highly recommended.
Alan n Gary Conroy