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
Just had a great day with Colin at anvilsring forge. I was a complete beginner with no metal working skills but came away with two beautiful and functional pieces. Colin is a great teacher, patient and encouraging. I would wholeheartedly recommend a day at anvilsring..
Ken - - #10531
Spent the day with Bob learning the art of moving and shaping hot metal. It takes a lot more skill and thought than I ever would have guessed - a million miles from simply getting it hot and hitting it hard! Bob is a great instructor and the one-to-one tuition was fantastic. Get the Heat right, Hold it right, and Hit it right.
This was a birthday gift from my incredible wife and what a brilliant gift it was.
Thank you Bob (and thank you Tracy).
Ken Taylor - - #10149
I went a couple of weeks ago and had a very enjoyable and informative day, the skills I picked up were immediately transferable to my maker business.
Colin is a patient and attentive instructor, I finished the day feeling like I'd just hung out with a friend yet my head was reeling with new information and I was flushed with the success of my achievements.
Very good course for those not afraid to get stuck in.
Matt Berry - - #10137
AWESOME!! I came back to UK to see family and found Anvilsring Ironwork on the internet not far from where I was staying. Colin was really great, sorted out a date at short notice. As a Technology teacher in New Zealand I had techniques I wanted to learn to take back to school to pass on to students. Learnt so much, really awesome course, great value. Thanks Colin
perry books - - #9971
Second Round - Great again!
Visited Colin for another 2-day class of basic blacksmithing a few weeks ago - This time for a specific toolmaking class. I went home finally with a big bundle of new tools based and made on my personal wishes in cooperative work with Colin. Of course including a lot of really helpful advises and tricks for realising my further tool ideas. Thanks Colin!
Flavian - - #9352
Second Round - Great again!
Visited Bob for another 2-day class of basic blacksmithing a few weeks ago. Among a lot of things and thoughts for the purpose of a freshen up the first course experience , a tremendous amount of new helpful advises to learn and gain further basic knowledge of ” how to do blacksmithing” properly. Thanks Bob!
Flavian - - #9350
Absolutely fantastic day, me (matt) and my mate (matt) thought it was great. Colin is a proper down to earth bloke who tells it like it is and is a real laugh. His tea is so strong it'll knock your socks off and we got so much done in the day it was massive value for money!
We will be returning!
Matt - - #9213
What a brilliant day! Neither of us had any prior experience but Colin is a great instructor. He guided us through each new technique, letting us try everything for ourselves and offering support when needed. We learnt a lot and achieved a lot in a day, bringing home different items we’re proud of. The day was fun and thoroughly enjoyable. We’d highly recommend to anyone wanting to try something new. Thank you Colin.
Victoria and Richard - - #8807
I had the introductory course booked by my wife as a surprise. It was excellent and both myself and a friend thoroughly enjoyed the day.
As two complete novices, we weren't sure what to expect, but after being given some instruction we both eagerly started making pokers for our respective woodburners.
We used several techniques, and were both quite pleased with the result.
In the afternoon I managed to craft a toasting fork, which was more delicate work, but just as satisfying. My friend managed a bottle opener.
Colin demonstrated all techniques and make it look easy, but clearly this comes with years of experience.
Both of us really enjoyed the day, and would recommend it to anyone.
John Evans - - #8727
I went on this course not knowing what to expect.
Will I just make nail.
I had a great time and made a lot more than a nail.
Colin was a very patient and attentive instructor and guided me through various lessons with ease.
I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to experience the right stuff.
Satisfied student. Bill
Will be going again for more.
William Harrod - - #8712
Absolutely amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Bob picard, who was a very good instructor. Complete patience with me, even when I was struggling. I was made to feel comfortable in every aspect of what we did. Also I would like to add, Bob made me look for my own mistakes, this i believe makes everyone get a better grip on what it is they are doing. I would do it all again, and from this experience will one day open my own forge.
Paul Chadwick - - #8355