Arian's Forge

Contact name: Arian Leljak
Total bookings
11 months
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Arian is an experiential educator, blacksmith and a knife-maker with over 20 years of experience in facilitating craft workshops in different contexts. He is a trained teacher and has worked with adults and children in public and school settings, craft camps, and has contributed to professional trainings and conferences on experiential education in UK, Sweden and USA. He has trained with famous Swedish Axe makers at Gransfors Bruks, and is inspired by the indigenous Scandinavian Sami craft and knife-making. Arian’s passion is in enabling participants’ personal expression and new learning through the art and craft of working with fire and iron. In his course facilitation Arian prioritises individual participants’ interests and choices, as well as appreciation of the craft process and the nature of the material we work with. He has developed an accessible, tangible and hands-on course structure enabling full participation, learning and ownership in order to provide a personally engaging, meaningful and fulfilling experience for participants.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Blacksmithing experience day
Next date: 16th Sep 2023
2 places left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
16 Apr 23'

Dan Picariello reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"A superb day! This is exactly what I hoped it would be. I achieved so much in such a short space of time, never felt rushed and always encouraged. Arian is a superb teacher and I highly recommend this!"

16 Apr 23'

Gerard reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Arian is a very knowledgeable instructor. We were given some initial information about the day and quickly started to forge our objects of choice. The furnaces were started rapidly. This was a very relaxing day, there was no rush and I made two objects, one hook and one poker. These showed how skillful it was to produce these objects. My sons and wife were very impressed with these objects. My sons are considering coming on the next course."

Arian's Forge responded:

" Thank you for the review Gerard, it was a pleasure to meet you, and very glad you enjoyed the day. Great that your children have an interest in forge work and setting up their own forge; I’m sure you’ll be now able to help them and it would be great to meet them on one of my courses too. Best wishes, Arian"

25 Mar 23'

Steve Hyde reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Really memorable and enjoyable day spent with Arian today at the forge. He's a great tutor with the knowledge, skill and patience to get you making pretty intricate creations surprisingly effectively! Good company, tasty soup and endless coffee. Highly recommended!"

4 Mar 23'

Tom reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"I was really looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. Arian is a great teacher, he gives you enough knowledge to go and make really interesting pieces, but always keeps an eye on what you are doing and steps in to help when needed. I highly recommend this course, you’ll be amazed at what you can produce with Arian guiding you through the day."

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