Had a great day with Bob, on his Hammer Skills course. I am not a physically strong person and am recovering from long-term illness, personally I didn't expect to be able to cope with holding a hammer for a day. However, Bob was aware of my needs and abilities. He gently guided me through a series of skills, gradually improving skill-on-skill through the day. I wanted to know if I could take up blacksmithing as a hobby to make garden furniture/sculptures and came away knowing that "yes" I can do this! Thanks Bob...much appreciated! I am very happy to recommend your course to my friends, family and business associates! (Just so long as you don't get too busy to be able to take me back for more training!!!)
Really enjoyable day, I learnt a lot within the time, and was able to make progress. It's tiring, but worth it and is a great way to introduce you to the skill and knowledge required for blacksmithing. Plus you get to take home your creations.
Thoroughly enjoyed my one day blacksmithing course and left the forge with a fire poker, herb cutter and a keyring. Not bad at all considering Ive never done anything like this before.
Colin is a great tutor and I learnt a lot. More importantly I had fun working with him and wouldnt hesitate to return or recommend to anyone.
Booked this course with Bob and had the best time ever, the course was delivered in an informal but professional manner by Bob, my course was one on one and i had a full day of trying to copy the techniques that Bob not only demonstrated but made them look so easy, as do all master craftsmen. After a full day spent between forge, anvil and hammer i produced a take home piece that i am truly hapoy with, thanks Bob for a wonderful day.
I attended bobs 1 day hammer skills course as a birthday present from my fiancee. I had an absolutely awesome day thank you so much bob. I learnt so much from bob who is a natural teacher and very patient, he taylors the course around you. I came away with a new passion absolutely loved my whole day drove home grinning like the Cheshire cat, my fiancee loved her new candle holders. I would highly recommend this course to everyone I will certainly be back bob very soon got loads of ideas.
My wife arranged this for my sixtieth birthday surprise, had been mentioning my desire to do something just like this. I couldn't believe my good fortune when an old colleague of nearly thirty years ago was doing this course. I remembered that Bob Pickard was a Blacksmith and had to take a subaticle from smithing. Well he certainly knows his stuff and his skill is something to be envied, he put me through a very enjoyable experience, yes for periods my arm gave way but a five minute break and a little refreshment enabled me to go on.
You do learn very quickly that it is not how hard you hit but the accuracy of the hit and with Bob's patience managed to produce a basic implement, a fork, which I know show off to family and friends. I do think that my tale will lead to others booking. I can only recommend the experience, one that you will always remember. Excellent Bob.
My wife and I spent a wonderful afternoon in the tutelage of Bob, where we learned the basics of using the fire hammer and anvil to shape metal in different ways. Bob's experience makes it an absolute pleasure to watch and learn from and his helpful manner made us feel welcome and confident as we made hard work of what he showed effortlessly.
It was thoroughly enjoyable and really interesting as an intro in to something we had never tried before.
A really great and full day. I’ve always been interested in metalwork but have never had the opportunity to have a go at a forge. Colin’s one day course in Blacksmithing is a perfect introduction for a complete novice (with few ‘practical’ skills in general!) to get involved and have a truly immersive and thoroughly productive day in the (finer than expected) arts of metalwork.
Colin offers you the opportunity to make almost anything you can imagine and teaches you the skills necessary to make it happen. I came away with two pieces I’m really proud of whilst my fiancé (who joined me for this great day) made three.
I’m certainly coming back at some point to learn more from a true Master of Blacksmithing.
Thanks Colin for a really great day.
Passing through the Smithy door, leave the world behind you.
Concentrate on Colin’s words, demonstrations and guidance as he takes you from the first strike of the hammer and way beyond until the day is done and your work complete
You’ll be amazed and inspired by the process, by what you’ve achieved and how the hours have flown
Colin’s teaching style can’t be adequately described, he’s just a Wizard with fire & iron
A totally uplifting experience; thank you Colin
I recently attender the Blacksmith Hammer Skills course with a friend and we had a brilliant day.
We were made so welcome by Bob the instructor who did a great job at showing us how to heat and fashion metal bars. The snail I made has pride of place in the windowsill.
I would definitely recommend this experience, it was such a great day out.
This day was so good I came back for another.
I knew it was for me as soon as I heard the health and safety talk. Essential and practical.
First day was a present. I went on about it so much I got another.
Bob is a natural teacher. He's patient and constructs the course around you as it goes along, so you have just the right amount of pace matched to your skill level. It's not until you get home that you realise how much you have learned.
It's not very often you get to learn alongside a master craftsman.
I just want to start by saying sorry for taking so long to leave a review, I attended the hammer skills course on the 10th of jan and was absolutely blown away. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Bob that day and all I can say is what a guy. He is he had moving metal straight away, I was expecting it to be so much harder than it was with Bobs years of experence guiding me I had made some shelf brackets for my sons bed room and a fire poker for my log burner by the end of the day. All in all what a fab day, I am looking forward to going back for my birthday around May so to wrap up, if you are interested in the course then don’t even hesitate best day ever.
We both spent a wonderful,productive day yesterday with Colin, on his 1 day Blacksmith course! It was a great taster to this creative skill and Colin was a very patient teacher - as I am not used to working with tools- and taught and helped me make a fire poker, pendant and key ring. Ant
who was much more of 'a natural' made a fantastic toasting fork with Colin's guidance and has made Ant definitely want to make his own furnace to develop his skills. Thank you Colin for a day to remember and souvenirs that are not only useful but will last forever!
Spent a cold Sunday huddled around the fire with Bob (Who is a really nice guy). Had never done any smithing before, so was fantastic to learn the basics. Enjoyed my day and looking forward to trying to set up my own shop and practicing what I have learnt.
I attended the introductory to blacksmithing course on the 2.2.18. Had a brilliant time and definitely thought the course was value for money. Bob was really helpful and thorough which helped me achieve a greater understanding into the basics of blacksmithing. I would definitely recommend this course.
My son Thomas went on the hammer skills course with Bob. First the contact with Bob before the course was excellent. Bob is a really pleasant and friendly gentleman who was easy to talk to, with a great sense of humour. Thomas has not stopped talking about the course since attending, and if we could get to Bob's place more easily, I think he would be there every week.
In the day Thomas learned basic skills and came home with articles that he had made himself (under Bob's guidance). Thomas says that Bob is easy to understand, patient and a great laugh; creating an amazing learning and working environment
Me and my dad went on the hammerskills course before christmas, we really enjoyed it and learnt a lot, found bob really helpful what a top guy! and the atmosphere was brilliant. Came away with some tongues and looking forward to using them on my own forge, would recommend this course to anybody interested and will be definitely booking again in the future to learn more skills.