30 Nov 22'
"A cold wet day but once the forge fires got in to action and a cuppa was on offer, the charisma amongst attendees began to flow. We started off by heating and scrolling metal rod into a key ring which got us used to that initial side of the process. Adrian demonstrated with ease to begin with and soon I realised he was a pure professional, completing this small task in just a few minutes. This task however took us ‘newbies’ most of the morning to complete under Adrian and Andy's guidance. Following a wonderful lunch prepared by Debbie, we returned to work for the afternoon. Our next task was to make a dragon headed coat rail bearing three scrolled hooks. Again, Adrian demonstrated proficiently making the task look simple. The processes from the previous task soon came into play for me, I really felt like I knew what I was doing this time so the guidance in the first task must have been very good! We were heating, hammering, chiselling in order to cut hot metal and using punches to create the detailing, whilst being in charge of our fires, keeping them stoked, that heat was lovely aaah!!! Although the coat rail was a bigger task than the key ring, it seemed to evolve quicker, at that point I began to realise that I was learning fast under their guidance. At the end of the day, I was pleased with the items that I had produced and overall, I can say I had a fantastic experience. The group setting was good, everyone was interested in helping each other and it all flowed very well. Adrian and Andy were happy to show and discuss the creative methods of their current projects and had no problem with people taking photos of tools and equipment inside the forge. A great day delivered by a fantastic team and would recommend that every beginner should attend. James. "