Chalk Pit Forge reviews

15 Apr 15'

Neil Tonks reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"I was given a days course as a Christmas present. Made a rams head poker and a plant pot wall mount. As an engineer i found it very interesting, in no time at all i was at the hot end and the whole day went by very very quickly, the skill and patience of the man is just amazing. If i am ever lucky enough to do it again iI think i may ask for the anvil to be raised. at 6ft 4 it was a bit low and although during the course it didn't bother me, it certainly did the next day, and the next. If your reading this and wondering if you should do it. Phone him and do it. you won't regret it"

14 Apr 15'

Alex reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"Had a great day and was put to 'work' in minutes, made a Rams head poker with an attachment to open the woodburner plus some lantern stands for the garden. Tutorial style is very much talk, show, your turn, with encouragement all the way. Fabulous place to have a go at an ancient craft. Low tech, high skill, great fun."

14 Apr 15'

Martin Holland reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"One day course bought for me as a present by my wife. Slightly apprehensive due to slightly arthritic wrists and very cold day that I chose to attend! Once started the time flew, Alex kept me working hard and I didn't have time to think about how I was feeling. Good instructor and very supportive of my efforts and design chosen. Resulted eventually in the component parts for a section of a wrought gate at home. A robin sitting on a branch, with leaves, in a hoop of metal - all ready to weld into the gate. Came away feeling very chuffed with myself and proud of what I had achieved. Recommend it to anybody who likes to create beautiful items and fancies having a go in metal. It is great fun."

13 Apr 15'

Nigel fry reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"I had a one day course bought as a Father's Day present last year. I was apprehensive about attending the day but needn't have worried. Alex welcomed me and put me at ease straight away. It was a brilliant day and I made a plant hanger and 2 garden stakes. Alex was there to help and advise every step of the way. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. It was just brilliant and Alex was extremely helpful. I would like to have another day there and hope I get another surprise gift this year to spend another day there5"

13 Apr 15'

David Wallace reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"I did a one day course with Alex. I made a flower pot stand and a couple of lantern hooks for the garden and was very impressed with the way in which Alex demonstrates the techniques used and does not let you stand about, you are shown and then it is your turn to imitate. I was amazed how quick you pick up the art of bending and curling metal with just heat,hammer and anvil. Brilliant day out for me and would highly recommend it if you want to have a go. I found it facinating and Fun."

13 Apr 15'

Richard Ord reviewed: One-to-one, One day, blacksmith course

"I did this one day course together with my daughter. Alex was an excellent tutor and very patient! We made a poker and a candle stick which we are still very proud of. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone trying it."

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