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.
David Thompson - - #15080
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.
Dan - - #14902
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.
Dale - - #14469
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
Ron Humphrey - - #14422
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.
Roy Greenhalgh - - #13982
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'll be back
Harry Fullerton - - #13092
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.
Paul - - #12927
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!
Nicki and Ant - - #12923
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.
Paul - - #12841
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.
Sam Wickstead - - #12761
Myself and brother-in-law were bought this for a Christmas present and were not disappointed!
Fantastic taster course to learn the basics and Bob was a very patient with us both!
Considering another day to learn more skills.
You are also provided with more tea than you can drink!!!
Honestly a fantastic experience and a great day out
Paul Bailey - - #12712
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
An excellent start to looking at blacksmithing.
Thank you Bob.
Thomas Jackson - - #12463
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.
Phil platt and paul platt - - #12430
I attended this course with Bob in December as a surprise for my oldest son who is 16 (he wants to be a black smith). The day was excellent!
Bob was great with working with both my son and I at the same time, even though we had different skill levels.
He is extremely knowledgeable and not only great at black smithing, but also great at explaining the process for learners!
I definitely recommend this course.
Martin Wilson - - #12450
just had the day with bob on the hammer skills course.i would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn how to properly undertake the basics of blacksmithing .there is a lot to learn and bob is a great teacher, he is truly an expert at this ancient art. for the money it costs i would say its a great value day out
martin shepherd - - #11409
Spent a most enjoyable day with Colin at his well equipped forge.
I always had a fascination with this ancient art, from watching as a child over the half gate of the village Smithy. I never thought I'd get to have a go until my wife bought me a course with Colin.
A real good day working as a dumb beginner next to a master of his craft (though Colin never made me feel that way).
At the end of the day I came away with a solid ring top poker, a leaf themed hanging hook and a weed hook to clean between the paving, and most importantly a great sense of achievement!
Many thanks Colin ......... I would recommend to anyone.
Bob Barber - - #10785