Aardvark Blacksmithing

Contact name: R.holmes
Total bookings
9 months
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Hi ive been working as an artist blacksmith for the last 22 years originaly studying blacksmithing at Holm Lacey Centre for Rural Crafts in Hereford.Over these years ive undertaken numerous commisions both for public and private customers ranging from large archways and gates to parks to small bespoke items and sculptures. ive run workshops and demos at craft fairs and at my own forge ,teaching all age groups and abilitys and have always had positive feedback from the participants

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Day classes in traditional blacksmithing ... make an item to take away
Next date: 10th Dec 2022

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
1 Sep 22'

Rob Smith reviewed: Day classes in traditional blacksmithing ... make an item to take away

"What a great guy Rudi is, extremely friendly with a gentle manner, just right for teaching this. From first going in to his workshop all bright eyed and feeling slightly nervous you’re soon heating metals, controlling the fire and bashing the iron into something….anything in fact, you choose and it’s probably very possible whatever you can think of (within limits of course). I knocked up a couple of rustic hooks and then worked on a herb chopping blade…..this one was a long process so I have to go back to finish it off. I also bashed out a snail key ring. All in all I had a great day and I was extremely fortunate that it was just me on the course, one to one. I was comfortably tired at the end of the day, physically and mentally, but came away very satisfied. And not to forget the tea and biscuits throughout! Many thanks to Rudi for this. "

13 Jun 22'

Dr. Steve Taylor reviewed: Day classes in traditional blacksmithing ... make an item to take away

"Myself, my wife and our friend (all of us in our sixties) attended the class and had a fantastic day. I made a nail, a knife and a key fob, and the ladies each made a nail, a hook and a pendant/key fob. Rudi is very personable, experienced and knowledgeable and we had a great time. Rico, the friendly and well behaved dog was an added bonus. Rudi provides refreshments throughout the day. Amenities are basic but sufficient for soon-to-be mucky students. The course is held in an old farm building tucked away at the back of Aaron's Campsite. When you arrive in the morning, you park up at the campsite and then call Rudi who will come and find you."

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