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Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

In-person course
Katharine Evans - - #31992

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions the course was unable to take place. It has been provisionally re booked for April 2021. Thank you

Katharine Evans

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Katherine
This is such a pain but as we discussed better safe than sorry.
At least it will be a bit warmer !
best wishes and keep safe
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Chris Shakespeare - - #31859

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Chris
thanks for review, In a strange way it was a shame you were on your own as the shared experience is often part of the fun , but of course have a tutor on a 1:2 is great as well.

dont forget to apply for the discount voucher for your next class
merry christmas John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

In-person course
Angus - - #31819

Absolutely fantastic day, no nonsense, hands on approach and some cracking company to boot. Couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to blacksmithing.

Response from Anvil Forge:

Thanks Angus
I will pass your comments on to the others , we like positive attitudes . I heard that you made a great blade as well!
Lets hope you make it back next year for more fun
thanks John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Aron Riordan - - #31312

A fantastic experience! 3 of my friends and i completed the one day course making a viking knife. You start the day with making a fire poker first to get use to the forge, hammers and anvil. Then get stuck into making the knife. The guys at Anvil forge are fantastic teachers and take you through it step by step and they are great craic! If you want to try a new experience i would 100% recommended

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Aron
thanks for the review , I must say you all produced some pretty keen knives . As we said you are welcome back any time and of course the next time you come in maybe do the chefs knife or maybe the tomahawk and axe class.

I hope to see you in the new year and dont forget about the discount voucher!
cheers
John

Make a chef's knife

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Melanie Neill - - #31002

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Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Craig Robinson - - #30858

Great experience!! The lads made us feel welcome and explained everything expertly! We came out with a couple of pieces made by us with excellent support. Lunch was delicious!!!

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Craig
I am pleased you enjoyed the day , and the lunch!
I will pass the message on to the Lads , I know they enjoy being told about the comments.
To see photos of the day you will need to visit our website

best wishes
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Loretta - - #30720

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Loretta
I must admit you were great to teach and fun all day long
the broomstick idea is wonderful especially for the halloween class !
I will mention you to the lads , they also enjoy the feedback.

best wishes John

Make a chef's knife

In-person course
David Cooke - - #30660

I joined with 4 others, John, and his team of smiths on his two-day knife making course. Brilliant. Great fun and very rewarding being able to produce a ‘sharp’ thanks Aden.
Making a chef's knife was a fantastic way to spend two days sweating away…true craftsmen all of them, great atmosphere, team giving plenty of one to one tuition. I thoroughly recommend this course.
John, great idea with the ploughman’s lunch much better than the pub lunch!
Thank you to you all. David.

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi David
thanks for the review , I can assure you we all had great time as well . I dont think I can add much except you are welcome back of course any time and dont forget to email me for the discount voucher for your next class.
Ps Pleased about the ploughmans lunch , makes a great change from the pub!
best wishes
John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Chris - - #30416

Unique experience, learnt new skills. Tutor to pupil ratio good. The guys were very helpful, patient and informative. A good day well spent. Thank you Anvil Forge.
1 tiny criticism, signage could be better!

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Chris
thanks for feedback , I am pleased you enjoyed the day .
I must admit yes signage not great but waiting on some new signs being produced!
thanks
John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Blake Glenn - - #28982

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Blake
thanks for your comments. We all had a a great day , all of you were great pupils and make it really easy to teach, it was more like friends getting together which creates a really positive atmosphere for learning and means that everyone gets a lot out of the experience.
Hope to see all of you again soon
John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Adrian Watson - - #28654

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Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Julian Court - - #27558

I have just attended the Viking knife 1 day course and I must say it was everything I had hoped it would be (in fact I was there for 2 days and made 2 different Viking knives!). John and his time were all very friendly and always on hand if you wanted advice or help. I'm considering another course in the not too distant future. Thanks guys!

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Julian
It was a pleasure having you on the class , in fact the whole class turned out some great knives.
I think your second blade turned out great with the scales being a real bonus.

I hope to see you again real soon.

cheers
John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Peter Hopwood - - #26621

This was a Christmas Present from my son. I attended the course on 23/11/2019. I made a wrought iron log holder which is now sitting proud on my hearth. My wife is delighted with it, which means it has passed style and quality criteria - she is pretty fussy what is allowed in the house !
I had an excellent day which was "hands-on", with help and advise close by, when needed. Well done to everybody at Anvil Forge !

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Peter
really pleased that everyone is happy with the end result.
I will see you next year as we discussed
best wishes
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

In-person course
Russell Payne - - #26448

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Russell
thanks for comments , dont forget look at the days pictures on the Anvil Forge website and go to the gallery section.

We are also going to start offering a small discount on returning students so the chance to make the axe we discussed could a good excuse to come back!

Many thanks
John

Make a chef's knife

In-person course
Leo - - #26305

A great way to spend a weekend! I like to cook and like to make things, so my girlfriend decided to buy this course for my 30th. John, Alex, Henry and Mark are all nice chaps and have a wealth of knowledge to share. What was really nice is that they always demonstrated on other pieces, so you really do make the entire knife yourself, with minimal interference. A couple of nice pub lunches didn't hurt, either!

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Leo

thanks for posting the review, I think that your knife was really great to look at and pleased that you did virtually everything yourself with just a little guidance.
the pictures are posted on the Anvil Forge gallery


I look forward to seeing you with your friends on the next class
best wishes John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Chris Phillips - - #25317

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hello Chris
sorry for the delay in responding , really pleased with the way everyone worked and their projects.

we try to please and its great when we get reviews like yours
nice to know we are getting it right
best wishes
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Mick Devlin - - #25175

I had a great day learning about the heating process hot, but not too hot colour to look for. Hammering, grinding, shaping, honing, hardening. Walked away with a very sharp knife and new skills.
Very friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled people.
Would recommend to anyone.

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Mick
thanks for review , dont forget to go to our website to see the pictures taken on the day. look at our listing if you cant remember.
I think everybody went away with a pretty damn sharp blade , which makes all the hard work worthwhile.

I cant remember if your local but we have discount vouchers for the pub we use which will give you 20% off your meal cost as athankyou for attending the course.
best wishes John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

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Norman Craig - - #25355

Terrific course. And not a contrived classroom but in a real life metal-working shop. We were welcomed, geared up and bashing hot metal within a very short time. John and his team were very accommodating on our individual projects and the end result in each case was beyond what I thought possible on a one day course. It was a privilege to be introduced to blacksmithing by such skilled and experienced guys. Many thanks.


Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Zoë - - #23767

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Zoe
I am happy that we got you so enthralled in bladesmithing and pleased that you proved once again the ladies can give the guys a run for their money when fire and iron are the tools to work with.
Whenever you are both ready to return there will be welcome coffee and biscuits waiting for you.
best wishes
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes: hand forged viking knife one day workshop

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Joshua Harris - - #23965

This course is a fantastic start for a newbie looking to get a practical understanding of the tools and a few of the base skills of the craft. I'll be booking in my second experience soon and can't wait! The knife you make will be aesthetic and useful. Thanks John, Spencer and Aidan for some top instructing.