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 - - #8338
A fantastic way to spend a Saurday.
My wife booked the day as a Christmas present for me and my son and between the two of us we didn't have an ounce of experience. The guidance and hands on help was perfect for building our confidence and we finished the day with 3 pieces of work each that we are both really pleased with. I'd have no hesitation recommending the day to anyone or going back for another day.
Allan & Nat - - #7839
A really great day.
I'd never done any sort of metal work and I ended up with three items I'm really proud of. Just the right balance of guidance and hands on help so that I felt like it was my work, but the end results was a much higher quality than I could possibly have managed by myself.
Chris - - #7777
As someone who has enjoyed blacksmithing before, I went along to a 1 day hammer skills course to get a bit better at it. Bob proved to be an excellent instructor, patiently guiding me through figuring out my own mistakes and giving me the principles needed to improve. I left with plenty of tricks to help with my own practice, a working pair of tongs, and a far better understanding of how to make them. I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the forge and I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their skills, as well as beginners who want to get the best possible start - I wish I'd done it sooner!
James - - #7077
Had a fantastic day on this one day course which was my birthday gift from my lovely wife .Colin made me feel really at ease and taught me lots of techniques and I was able to forge and bring away three items under his expert supervision.I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would really recommend this course to anyone interested in blacksmithing .Thank you very much for a great day.
Regards George Mew
George Mew - - #6970
A great birthday gift from the family and a really enjoyable day spent with my brother.
Colin's forge was fired early in the morning and wasn't put out till late afternoon, as he had us busy shaping and forging a variety of ironwork.
The relaxed atmosphere contributed to much learning and Colin was very supportive and encouraging.
Came away feeling very pleased with ourselves and new found skills.
Can certainly recommend the course.
Dave Fowler - - #6902
We both did not know what to expect as my son booked this day course for my brother and myself as a present, (he had already attended it previously with his girl friend) We both had a very interesting day learning just what you can do with metal if you heat it up enough. Colin was a good instructor showing you how to do something but then letting you get on with it yourself under his supervision. He started by asking us what kind of thing we wanted to do, we opted for a fun day to make a few bits and learn quite a lot but with no pressure. For a really interesting day out you would be hard pressed to beat this.
Pete Johnson - - #6868
This hammer skills course suits in my opinion perfect for everybody who seriously wants to learn
the essentials of blacksmithing. It`s a well-conceived setup based on practical experience.
I really enjoyed the two days with Bob as a fabulous teacher.
A great craftsman with patience and a good humour. Thanks Bob!
Flavian - - #6586
As a student with blacksmithing experience, Colin had shown me in a two days course
a huge amount of different forging techniques . Combined with a lot of self-made
exercises a great possibility to learn and progress.
I really enjoyed the two days with Colin as a fabulous teacher.
A great craftsman with passion and a good humour. Thanks Colin!
Flavian - - #6585
My son Ted attended this course in the summer after he declared that he wanted to train to become a Blacksmith. This was just the kind of introduction we wanted to him to experience to see if he was serious! I must say that the course was impeccably organised and impeccably carried off by Bob and his forge partner. Ted came home after a full day's work, battered and bloodied but clutching a toasting fork and wearing a huge grin on his face. Bob was a marvellous instructor, so much so that Ted is keen to go back and undertake a few more days work to further hone his enthusiasm.
Thank you Bob!
Blacksmithing Hammer Skills - - #6200
Had a day with Colin bought for me as a birthday present by my lovely lady, and I'm extremely grateful! I had a great day working on a variety of skills, learning more about the intriguing properties of hot steel, while getting a workout at the same time..
Colin has an excellent way of teaching, giving just enough of a task to complete at each stage, then stepping back to let you attempt it, and only stepping in to give guidance if needed.. It takes away any pressure, and makes you feel like you're developing the skills, rather than having your hand held..
I've had an interest in blacksmithing for a long time, yet this was the first time having a go.. It certainly won't be my last, and I'm sure I'll be seeing Colin again soon for more.. He's a very knowledgeable and friendly man, with good humour, exactly what you want on a day like this..
I highly recommend having a go, and if you're thinking of buying someone this as a gift, then do it! It will be very well received I'm sure.. :)
Stuart Dearnaley - - #6099
I can thoroughly recommend an introductory blacksmithing course day with Colin. He's a relaxed but attentive tutor, with a wealth of knowledge about the various aspects and techniques involved in metalwork, and it was a pleasure to be guided by him through the basics of the craft. We wasted no time in getting started, and as soon as I had caught the gist of anything he would trust me to do it alone, offering guidance and assistance as required. I was absolutely delighted with the end products of the day; a beautiful poker, two hooks and a bottle opener, which I will use with great satisfaction knowing I made them myself. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a one-on-one session with Colin to anybody interested in giving blacksmithing a try!
Bobby Gard-Storry - - #5815
With the health and safety briefing over ("don't burn yourself") Colin took a look at the ideas I'd brought with me and explained the basic principles of the forge and the tools we would be using.
Each time we used a new technique throughout the day, Colin would explain it and demonstrate it, before letting me try it. This proved to be a good way to work and gave me the confidence to have a go myself.
Whenever my cack-handed attempts to copy him started to go awry, he was always on hand to offer guidance on how to correct things and, between us, we managed to make three utensils for my pizza oven and hooks to hang them on.
An excellent day out if you fancy trying something different!
Martin - - #5669
We had a fantastic day with Colin. He is a great teacher - shows you all you need to know and lets you really get into it, just helping out where needed. Very informative and relaxed, we're very proud of the items we made! What an amazing experience.
Tony and Caroline - - #5412
Colin is an excellent teacher and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him and here is why...
He is clear & concise in what he wants you to achieve, he will give you a demonstration but then he is then relaxed enough to let you crack on and have a real go at it, you will make mistakes but he will then show you how you went wrong and how to fix those exactly the way he would on his own work, an invaluable part of the learning experience in my opinion given even the most experienced blacksmiths make mistakes, no stress whatsoever.
In terms of the equipment on hand, he has everything you could want. You have your own work space & tools for starts so you don't feel like you are treading on his toes by working away on a piece for too long. He has both gas and fire forges in the workshop and you will use both depending on what you are doing (I understand a good number of smiths tend to use only one depending on their preference), he also has various more modern machines to have a go with i.e. power hammers so your experience really will cover all bases.
One big thing to mention that may be overlooked, Colin's passion is in tool making so he has a tool for nearly everything you could think of, most of which he has made so they work with his existing kit perfectly, I barely scratched the surface with what he had available and even I can't remember all the bits and pieces I used.
All in all I really can't fault Colin or his workshop, a great guy and an even better teacher. I will undoubtedly use him again... Get him booked!
Chris Ennion - - #5397
Fantastic course with Colin, had a great day full of really good advice and guidance. Colin is a great instructor who shows clearly what needs to be done but then allows you to have a go and only stepping in when it's going a little pear shaped. This is the way practical courses should be run. Copious amounts of tea/coffee are on tap and the whole atmosphere is relaxed.
I would recommend this to anyone and have done! It's amazing what you can make in one day on a forge. Fantastic, thanks Colin, we will be back. Matt and Matt
Matt - - #5217
Spent the day with Colin and had a fantastic time. He is really a good instructor and has a wealth of knowledge.
Takes the time to explain everything no matter what your level of experience is. I had never done any blacksmith work before and was able to complete 4 pieces which looked really good.
Workshop is well setup and has all the tools required.
Would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone.
Greg - - #4936