I spent a thoroughly enjoyable and productive day with Jake yesterday. I was amazed and delighted with what I managed to produce under Jake's tutelage, who may be young but is clearly extremely knowledgeable and very personable. I have a bad case of workshop envy which probably extends to job envy too.
The course is a very good introduction to blacksmithing, very well structured, demonstrated and taught with gentle correction when required, encouragement and praise when deserved, and the freedom to experience the strange joy of beating a bit of yellow hot metal.
I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone wanting to try. Jake makes a good cup of tea too!
Thanks for a fabulous day Jake, I suspect I will be back.
An excellent course, well instructed and paced, really enjoyable with a knowledgeable and friendly instructor. I did the course with a friend and each of us came away with a beautiful poker and hook to display it on that we made during the day; great mementos of an amazing day.
Response from Hedge Ironworks:Thank you so much Liz for your kind words! I look forward to seeing you both again if you decide to come back for the Rose making course. All the very best, Jake.
Booked onto the 'Bush knife in a day' course after finding Hedge Ironworks online. Any nerves were completely laid to rest upon meeting Jake, personable, friendly and a consummate professional.
Jake welcomed me into his workshop and talked through all the equipment with dazzling detail, all health and safety aspects adhered to the day began superbly. Throughout the day Jake delivered outstanding instruction allowing me to produce my very own forged Bush knife. I would absolutely encourage people to book on this course, you will not be disappointed. I will definitely be back.
Response from Hedge Ironworks:Thank you so much for your kind words Dan! The pleasure was all mine. Very much looking forward to having you back at the forge!
What a terrific day! Me and my Mother decided to attend this course after watching a show about bladesmithing. With the help of Jake we were able to make our very own knives!
I would like to say a big thank you to Jake for such a wonderful experience and a chance to ignite our passion on a whole new level!
His level of experience and warm personality made it a day we will never forget! Thank you again.
Response from Hedge Ironworks:Thank you so much Brett for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you both at the workshop!
My husband and I (both late 50s) did this course a few weeks ago. We had an absolute blast ! Jake is a fantastic tutor and will guide you through each step of the process and ensure you produce something wonderful to take home. It was a great day and just what we needed after lockdown. I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a go ... you will surprise yourself in how much you can achieve. We will be back for another course soon.
This course is brilliant! My boyfriend and I (both 18) recently attended and had the best time... cannot emphasise enough how Jake is a wonderful teacher, really patient and fun and clearly very passionate about his craft. At no point did we ever feel particularly unsafe or like we didn't know what we were doing because of the clear demonstration and instructions beforehand. Would definitely reccomend this course!
What a great experience! My son and I recently attended Jake's have-a-bash course. No blacksmithing experience between the two of us, but through a well designed course and outstanding instruction from Jake, we completed some pretty good looking pokers and hooks. Jake explained and demonstrated every step of the process and then let us have a go. He was always by our side to provide feedback and guide us in the right direction. Looking forward to taking more of his classes in the future!
I booked this course as a surprise for my husbands birthday, we both had an absolutely fantastic day! Jake is a brilliant tutor, very friendly & patient! We will definitely be back next year, and we would highly recommend “give it a bash” with Jake!
My measure of any good training course is that you feel inspire to put in practice what you have learnt. I have. I've purchased an anvil and micro forge and started on honing my skills. Over the day course Jake paced the work so that I completed more than I thought I was capable of achieving. It's quite a skill to master the movement of steel over the anvil whilst hammering but the results are wonderful. 3 objects completed; Poker, wall hook and bottle opener. Family and friends are wow'd by the results so they can't be to bad.
Thanks Jake for your patience, advice and having a laugh.
I organised the day as a present for my husband’s birthday. His comments are below:
“It’s always rewarding to make something from scratch and to come away with a memento of the day and a functional tool is a bonus.
The course didn’t dwell on the theoretical but led quickly on to the practical. So, it was very much ‘hands on’. It involved several aspects through forging and forming and was, at times, fairly physical.
Instruction was excellent, facilities good and friendly help constantly to hand.
The ‘Smithy’ is a bit remote but accessible. Ludlow Is a close by place to stay if coming a long distance.
Overall, I’d recommend this as an enjoyable and an unusual experience.”
For myself I found the day really enjoyable and very rewarding. It was better for being a shared experience. Thanks Jake for a great day!
We did a one day knife making course: Jake was great, extremely knowledgeable and talented and a great teacher. Jake adapted the course to better suit our needs without any complaint or hesitation. I would highly recommend this course or the blacksmiths course to anyone who is interested. The work shop is well equipped and in a beautiful location. 5 stars
I had a great time making a surprisingly good looking fire poker and knife. Jake exhibits an interesting balance of technical knowledge, enthusiam and an artists eye for detail. Thoroughly recommend the experience.
Simply brilliant. An excellent day for me and my 15 year old son Harrison, each of us making two knives. After making one under close supervision, after lunch we each made our second pretty much on our own, which was really satisfying. I wished I could have made a third and a fourth. At home later I used one to prepare our tea, and we used them all for eating! A great experience, thanks Jake!
Jake was really accommodating and enthusiastic in helping me with a specific metalworking technique I wanted to try (mokume gane), he had done his own research into the technique which I really appreciated. We also had some time to do some traditional blacksmithing at the end! Jake was a patient and thorough teacher, and I would definitely recommend this course!
My wife bought this course with Jake for my Christmas present after we met him at the Ironbridge Xmas fayre. My son in law Ryan joined me for the day and we had a fantastic time making our fire pokers and letter knives. Jake is a great teacher and an expert in his field. He really took time to help us learn some blacksmithing techniques something I had always wanted to do. I would really recommend spending some time with Jake at Hedge Forge. Superb day and thanks Jake. Let me know when you start the axe making workshop and I will be booking.
Me and my lad had a great day blade smithing and came away with some nice pieces. Would definitely recommend as we learnt some interesting techniques moving the metal, and my lad had a knack of using the powerhammer.
An excellent session pitched at just the right level, Jake allowed me to work by myself after demonstrating how to create my designs in metal, but was ready to step in when I started to make mistakes. I came away with the confidence to tackle making more of the brackets by myself at home.
This was a Christmas present which initially seemed a little 'random' but on close reading of the itinerary looked very enjoyable. The reality was that is was a great day which I shared with 2 of my sons, we had fun whilst doing our utmost to closely follow Jake's detailed instructions. The results, whilst differing from each others and Jake's, were great and we left with a poker and letter opener each which we were all very pleased with.
Jake was engaging, informative and his instruction was clear and easy to follow, it was just the putting it into practise we struggled with. When we did 'stray' from the plan Jake stepped in and put things right without making us feel either foolish or helpless, he was very patient and approachable, there was a degree of banter between us all which added to the day.
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fun day, remember to pack a lunch and wear old clothes because the forge can get dusty! Jake provided tea, coffee and bottled water which would be needed on a hot day. A great day - many thanks Jake.
My Dad, brother and I had a fantastic day trying our hand at blacksmithing. Jake is a great teacher; he made us feel really welcome, is very patient, and couldn't have done more to make sure we had an enjoyable time. He is clearly very passionate and skilled at what he does. I would thoroughly recommend this course if you want to try a traditional (and fun!) craft in a beautiful setting and produce some lovely pieces. 10/10!
I booked this course as a Christmas present for my husband and son who had always wanted to try their hand at blacksmithing, and they were both in their element from start to finish, don’t know where the time went as they were having so much fun.
Jake gave them a demonstration on how to make a blacksmiths knife and made it look so easy. He is so talented and clearly loves what he does.
We would highly recommend a day with Jake, he’s easy to get along with and a great teacher. At the end of the day my husband and son had made two blacksmith's knives each and was very proud of what they had achieved.
What a unique day. Give it a go you won’t be disappointed. Thank you once again Jake, we definitely will be back to try another project .