"I had a great day with Sandy at Athlestane Forge. He is a great teacher with endless patience and enthusiasm. He took time to show me different tools and equipment in the forge giving me confidence to use them myself. I would certainly recommend this course and hope to go back soon to try out my new skills."
" Thanks, Kate! It was a pleasure to teach you, we will get the candle holder finished up next time!"
"Athelstane Forge's 'Blacksmithing Experience' is much more than just an experience, it is an excellent introduction to blacksmithing techniques. Blacksmith Alex McBain is a born teacher and is friendly, informative and attentive. If you want to learn basic blacksmith skills in a well-equipped workshop (and use an awesome power hammer!) then this is the course for you. I booked two places – they were worth every penny."
" Hi Richard,
Thanks for your review! I had a great day teaching the boys to make their own pieces. Hopefully, I will see you all again soon!
"I loved the course. I found it to be informative and an overall great experience. I was taken through each step of forging thoroughly, and felt like ive picked up some good skills all while having a good laugh.
Sandy was an excellent teacher, he was patient, encouraging and knowledgeable. I definitely want to continue with blacksmithing after this course"
" Thanks, Chance! Had a great day teaching you, looking forward to another day forging soon!"
"The whole experience was incredibly rewarding and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how metal moves after it has been heated up. I would definitely be interested in coming back for another workshop after I spend some time with my own forge to improve the skills that I have gained. I should also mention my appreciation for Sandy and his endless amount of patience, encouragement and high quality advice."
" Thanks Lucy! It was great teaching you! Keep practicing and come back to make your own hammer soon!"
"This was an absolutely fantastic course, my mum and I had a really wonderful time and we learnt so much! It was incredible being able to come away with several things we had made over just a few short hours using a completely new skill.
Sandy was a great and natural teacher, helping us both with lots of hands-on learning!
I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to try something different!"
"I booked this course for my 15-year-old as they expressed an interest in blacksmithing. Sandy was a fantastic teacher! He was so patient and talked my child through every step, always ensuring that safety precautions were being followed. It was so enjoyable they want to go again! Definitely recommend."
"I had a great time at Athelstane Forge last weekend! Sandy’s a brilliant teacher - I’m a total novice and he explained every process and technique really clearly. I’d highly recommend this class to anyone who wants an in-depth and hands-on introduction to blacksmithing!"
"Having watched forged in fire I was excited to try out blacksmithing! Sandy’s forge in Newbridge is a great location near Edinburgh so was easy to get to. We made a hook and a fire poker that I am pleased with. The teaching was helpful but still allows you to make mistakes and have a go! Would definitely recommend it!"
" Thanks Alex, was a pleasure hopefully see you again soon!"