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Knife making and bladesmith classes

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!

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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

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 !

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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

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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

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!

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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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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"Game of Thrones"...ish! : metalwork / blacksmithing workshop

Spent two days at the Forge with John and his great team. They were all friendly and very accommodating. John and team were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and helped me with the design and explained the processes before letting me loose.
I had a thoroughly great time and made a fantastic Viking inspired broad sword, couldn't recommend this course enough. They run plenty of courses which all look fantastic too!

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Knife making and bladesmith classes

Joined these guys for the day I think last year, and can't think of a nicer bunch of blokes to spend the day forging with. Even though I was very keen before I went on this experience day to get into forging, I have since built a small coal forge and have successfully made several knives of my own including a low layer Damascus kitchen knife.

Thanks for the support on the day and igniting a new hobby.

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Knife making and bladesmith classes

Just finished a 1 day Viking knife making course with John and had an amazing time. Our group was small and it was the hottest day of the year, and I still had a good time.

We were made to feel welcome and I learned a lot. John and his guest tutor Alex had a wealth of knowledge and were keen to impart as much as possible and I hope he takes up his invitation to join Forged in Fire.

Hope to join him again some time to do another course (maybe on a cooler day).

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi John
thanks for review and nice to get feedback that we can share . I will let young Alex know you appreciated his help as well.
I dont think I will take up the offer to do 'forged in fire ' as its entertaining to watch on tv but after the session we had in the heat I dont think I would enjoy it .
best wishes
John

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

I was first invited to the forge by my partner, who said it was a surprise, and it was a pleasant one. Initially greeted by John I was then give instructions to forge a poker which was fun (especially hammering away at the metal).
Anvil Forge was a great day out I can recommend to all those interested in a exciting blacksmithing experience.

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Cory

thanks for the review , pleased you had great time and of course you are welcome back on any of the other courses.

best wishes
John

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Oliver
thanks for taking the time to send such a comprehensive review, I am sure this will help others to understand the amount of work you guys put in over the two days you are with us and the great time we all have both tutors and trainees.
I am pleased that your friends were impressed as well as all the work produced was of a quality that made our time teaching all the more rewarding for us as well.

As promised I will let you know about the ore smelting we have planned once we have it in the diary.
best wishes John

Knife making and bladesmith classes

Wonderful day starting with a poker to get used to things and moving onto knife making - A lot packed into the day! I was pleasantly surprised what a novice could produce - but that is down to great instruction and help. If you are thinking about it - just do it!

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Mark
Really pleased that you had such a great time and looking forward to seeing you again in t6he near future on one of the other courses.

The course list is growing and will have some new interesting classes coming up soon.

thanks
John

Knife making and bladesmith classes

An absolutely brilliant day the guys packed so much in to the day and we enjoyed every minute. I'm so pleased with my knife for cutting the wedding cake and I couldn't have made it without the help of John, Mark and Steven. I would highly recommend this course and would be happy to come back and do another course in the future.

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Matt
really pleased you all had a great time and loved the idea of cutting your wedding cake with the knife you made. Its really rewarding for us to share our knowledge with a group of guys that were to interested in all the techniques and intricacies of 'bladesmithing'.
Please send pictures of you and your bride cutting the cake. I hope to see you both in six years time for the 'iron' wedding anniversary.
many thanks
John and Team

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Annie

thanks for your review , Aidan was our young welder/blacksmith . I must say considering your wrist problems and operations you had that you were swinging that hammer like a teenager ! well done.
Now to comment on the lily's what a great piece of art , the photos are going on our website but can you send pictures of when they are 'planted' as well.

I look forward to another session with you in the forge.
John and Team

Anvil Forge blacksmith experience day

I had a fantastic time on the blacksmithing experience day! John and his team (Spencer, Aiden and Alex) were so welcoming, patient and knowledgeable and always happy to help and offer advice so I could finish my project safely and to a good standard. Lunch was great too and a nice chance to get to know the guys and my fellow course goers. I would definitely go back and try another course or even just another experience day and would happily recommend them. Thanks guys!

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Jon
thanks for review, you are welcome back anytime and of course now you have the beginners class under your belt we are expecting even bigger and better things next time ! ( might be hard to improve on the sword you made ) . Jon one favor please can you send me a couple of pictures when its in its new home.
best wishes
John

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Chris
thanks for your review
we appreciate the feedback , I am pleased you and your son had such a good time. It make all the effort of running classes for younger aspiring 'blacksmiths' rewarding. As we said photos will be on the web site when its up and running again.
best wishes
John