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Arian's Forge

Contact name: Arian Leljak
Total bookings
over 1 year
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: 5th Oct 2024
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Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
8 Apr 24'

Lucy reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Truly one of the most exciting, fun, educational and inspiring courses I've ever done. Arian is an outstanding teacher, he gives you exactly the right mix of information, expert support and freedom to try and experiment and create. I was absolutely exhausted after the course but could not stop grinning. I've got the bug and really looking forward to signing up to learn more. Thank you for such a super, super experience. "

Arian's Forge responded:

"Hi Lucy, I’m glad that you enjoyed the day. Thank you for your hard work on your hook and knife, you have certainly got the aptitude for blacksmithing and I’m glad you’ve got the bug! Hope the blister heals quickly. You’re always welcome back if you want to have another bash. Best wishes, Arian. "

8 Apr 24'

Graham Newman reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Many thanks Arian for a very fulfilling and memorable day. It is always a pleasure watching and listening to a Master of their craft, and the skill and enjoyable ease of communicating such a wealth of invaluable knowledge and expeience in a friendly, laid back way, made the day one of my more memorable experiences in my now long life! Thank you for your help and guidance in making a fire poker and hook which is proudly gracing our open fireplace and is proof you're never too old to learn! Grateful thanks to chef for the wonderful soup. "

Arian's Forge responded:

"Thank you Graham, it was really good to meet you and your son and I’m delighted that you enjoyed the day. I’m sure your hook and poker will serve you well for years, well made indeed! I look forward to seeing you both at my knife making course soon. Best wishes, Arian. "

13 Mar 24'

Zoe reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Thank you, we had a fantastic day! I can highly recommend this course for anyone who would like to try a day blacksmithing. My father and I enjoyed every minute. Arian is a wonderful and inspiring teacher. He carefully instructed us throughout our morning apprenticeship. Then once we got the hang of it, he supported us to produce a piece to our own design in the afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and were very pleased with the pieces we produced on the forge. Thank you so much Arian."

Arian's Forge responded:

"Thank you for your feedback Zoe, it was really good to meet you both and I’m glad you enjoyed the experience. Good luck with setting up your own forge! If you need any advice with that please just get in touch. All the best. Arian"

10 Mar 24'

Jamie reviewed: Blacksmithing experience day

"Arian is a great instructor. Everyone present enjoyed the day and came away from it with useful and well crafted tools we had made ourselves."

Arian's Forge responded:

"Thank you very much for your feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you. I’m really glad that your project worked out well and I hope to see you again at some point - perhaps at archery! Best wishes Arian"

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