"This was a fantastic introduction to blacksmithing, with Spike being a patient and empathetic tutor. It is hot and strenuous work. The day goes by really quickly. Spike is helpful, and in no way patronising to clearly struggling beginners (me!), and, at the end of the day, you leave with a functioning product.
I'd recommend this course to anyone (but maybe consider going when the climate outside is slightly cooler!)"
"To start I must say I had a fantastic day and had the aches in my arms the following day.
Spike was informative took me through the stages step by step and then watched and advised as I progressed through the day.
I have already recommended this as an experience to some friends and family and I will probably join them."
"What a wonderful day making a Viking knife. Spike is a born teacher - very knowledgeable with an outstanding manner. His knowledge and clear enthusiasm for his craft come shining through and he is obviously delighted to pass it on and share it with others. He gives a thorough safety briefing at the beginning and during the course and keeps a careful, albeit, unobtrusive eye on his participants. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course and any others that Spike offers to someone who would enjoy an experience with a difference."
"I was gifted the 2 day bladesmithing course as a retirement gift by my colleagues- how well they know me! Spike proved to be an excellent teacher - his gentle and encouraging manner, with plenty of humour, made for a brilliant learning experience. I now have a beautiful traditional Seax belt knife to use and treasure! I came to the class with all sorts of ideas and Spike patiently helped me to craft something that is astonishingly close to what I dreamed of - I will certainly join him for another workshop in the future. His setup here at birchington is delightful and I can only thank him for a “5 star experience “!"