Reviews for Friargate Forge

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60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
Mike (Chester) - - #39432

I asked my family to buy the Damascus axe course for a significant birthday. I love Damascus steel, but have never done any metalwork. This was the perfect course. Gary and Jos strike exactly the right balance between instruction, support and enabling you to be hands-on. I couldn't be happier with the end result. Many thanks guys. It was an excellent introduction to the world of the forge

Basic blacksmithing course

In-person
Ruth - - #38947

I booked this for my husband and his Dad as a birthday celebration. They had a brilliant day and came back with a beautiful garden ornament and knife. They’re both keen to get back and do more courses in the forge!


2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Jon - - #38569

A really fun and enjoyable 2 days spent making an axe.
Gary and Joss were both great throughout, providing support and advice to make a good quality piece even with no prior knowledge. They also give you enough flexibility to make it feel like you've made something truly unique and bespoke at the same time.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to experience being a blacksmith

60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
John Maloney - - #38071

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60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
Danny - - #38019

I signed up for the 3 day Damascus and chose a kitchen knife to forge , more of a cleaver knife! The instruction was spot on , each step was clearly explained as well as how to operate the equipment . It was a really good experience and I ended up with a beautiful knife at the end.

Basic blacksmithing course

In-person
Al. - - #37612

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2 day axe making course

In-person
Jack - - #36775

It was an awesome weekend. Joss is a great teacher. He let me do the majority of the work with helpful input all the way through, especially on some of the trickier grinding and polishing parts. I'd definitely come back and do it again. Thanks Joss and Gary!

Response from Friargate Forge:

Was a pleasure meeting you you did really well thanks for coming.
Gary+Joss

2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Richard - - #34639

Spent three days with Gary and Joss turning lumps of grey metal into something special. These guys know everything about their subject and no question goes unanswered.
You can check out what my partner and I made :

https://goo.gl/maps/dNVBU3mzZoUDorn69

Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, even a last minute change in handle materials wasn't too much trouble.
Thanks guys, truly brilliant.
Rick & Carmel


2 day axe making course

In-person
Michael McCarthy - - #34564

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2 day axe making course

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Fred - - #33984

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2 day axe making course

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Owen - - #33992

We had a great time on the 2 day axe-making course. The guys were great teachers, being patient, supportive and encouraging and always happy to help. And most importantly fun - we were all friends within hours. A really good experience!

2 day axe making course

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James McCubbin - - #33985

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2 day axe making course

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Olly Kinsey - - #33906

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60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
Mike - - #33818

A great 3 days making a Damascus knife. Joss was very helpful and always willing to lend a hand, but also was comfortable to let me get on with tasks myself. Ended up with a beautifully patterned blade and even had enough material left out of my billet to make a bottle opener as well. I learnt a lot and would definitely recommend taking a course here.


60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
Dave Biggins - - #33696

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2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Laura McBride - - #33463

I booked the axe/knife making course for my partner Owen's birthday. He loves Damascus so I contacted Gary to ask to pay to upgrade it and he had no problems.

Gary and Joss were absolutely brilliant. To say that Owen had absolutely no experience in a forge they gave clear and accurate instructions. I would recommend this course to any of my friends or family.

And to have come away with such a stunning axe is amazing. Thank you Gary and Joss for such an awesome course.

Owen and Laura xx


2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Dan Hipkiss - - #32798

Absolutely brilliant experience from start to finish, and the final product is way beyond anything I could have expected. Having seen what other people have made with different courses, I'm totally pleased that we made the right decision here. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Gareth McMann - - #31332

This course is fantastic! Gary and Joss really know their craft and have a great ability to pass this knowledge on in such a way that in just two days you can take plain stock material and fully forge, grind, heat treat an finish a quality knife. After the two days I now have a beautiful and functional kitchen knife that I have the pride in knowing that I made, every time I use it.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks so much glad you like your knife!
Gary + Joss

2 day knife/axe making courses

In-person
Michael Bennett - - #31250

Absolutely brilliant course. Gary and Josep are very easy to work with and excellent teachers. Highly recommend anyone who is interested in giving bladesmithing a go tries this course.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks, was a pleasure working with you
Gary

60 layer damascus knife/axe making course.

In-person
Mick Hand - - #30763

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