The best birthday present ever! I loved every minute of my time with Julian. Aside from being an accomplished blacksmith artist and welder he is a fascinating person. Julian puts you at your ease and has a relaxed teaching style. As a teacher myself I appreciated his patience and humour. I can now weld confidently and look forward to progressing my skills. I would definitely recommend this course! Thank you Julian x
If you want to learn how to weld I doubt that it would be possible to improve on Julian’s course. He is personable, interesting and as an award winning craftsman highly knowledgeable. In addition his forge and workshop are extraordinary, like a visit to the national trust. I’ve always wanted to learn how to weld and doubted I’d ever manage it but now I’m confident. If there was a score above excellent I would have ticked it.
Just finished a 1 day welding course with Julian, who is not only very patient and explains and demonstrates things very clearly; he is flexible and happy to modify things to deal with me being left handed and also coping with my varifocal glasses issues.
He's also pretty good at making proper tea on a mug too!
I recently took a one day welding course with Julian and it was excellent. I went from being a total beginner to really gaining some good understanding and confidence with MIG welding. Even though this is a "one day" course Julian's enthusiasm and knowledge mean you take away a lot more in understanding and practical skill than you would expect. Julian seems to take great pride in ensuring you leave with the right skills and knowledge rather than just running through the material unlike some other courses I have been on.
If you are considering gaining experience in welding I can really recommend this course. The price may seem higher than others but the topics and the amount of practical activity you will cover is definitely worth it.
I had one of the best days for a long time working with Julian. I haven't done much metal work since school days 40 odd years ago, but I've always had an urge to revisit it. In my view Julian is a great teacher with the right balance of explanation, teaching by example and letting you get hands on. We discussed a project in the morning, over mugs of tea, that would be challenging but achievable in the day. Julian's mix of technical experience and artistic flair with a real practical and down to earth approach was wonderful and led, not only to achieving something I'm proud of, but to a great days conversation and something I'll remember for a long time. A thoroughly engrossing day, that I'll be keen to follow up on! Many thanks for welcoming me into your workshop Julian!
Totally blown away by the whole experience with everything exceeding my expectations.
So, what did I expect? I thought I’d have the opportunity to make perhaps a poker, a toasting fork or perhaps candlestick holder, following instruction and guidance from the tutor. I would have been pretty pleased with that, regardless of the fact that I don’t have a real fire to poke or a passion for candlelit toasted dinners.
Julian was great, tremendously passionate and knowledgeable. The workshop was really interesting and we had the opportunity to see some of Julian’s incredible work. After a good brew and chat Julian gave us pretty much free reign on what we would like to create, with a steer toward achievable goals within the two days. Julian gave us the space to consider our original concepts and shared his own creative knowledge to enhance our pieces. His fantastic and patient instruction, from measuring out, creating test pieces to working the metal was brilliant, managing to support two of us with totally different projects in such a way that we always felt both engaged and supported. I swear he must have eyes in the back of his head! He was generous with his time, encouragement and creativity. All of this ensured we spent most of the two days grinning and we’re incredibly proud of our projects.
Personally I love getting stuck in and having a go but it has to be said, just watching Julian work on test pieces was mesmerising in itself.
I’d recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Blacksmithing and wanting excellent personal instruction.
I attended Julian’s two day course and it was amazing!
We made a tree form bird feeder. Julian showed me how to use the forge, control the temperature of the metal and how to shape it. His knowledge and experience is vast and he was generous with his time. Over the two days we worked together to forge all the parts for the feeder.
Julian was friendly and an excellent teacher, I would have no problem recommending him to anyone of any experience.
A day well spent! I learned so much from Julian on the one day introduction to welding. I began the day as a complete novice, having never touched a welding torch, but left with the confidence to undertake some welding projects on my own. Julia is a very good tutor with the patience to help you develop your skills, as he shares his enthusiasm for working with metal. I can thoroughly recommend this course, as I not only learnt much, but also enjoyed every moment of the day.
Had a really great day with Julian learning to weld. I’d never done anything like this before so was a bit anxious about whether I would be able to get the hang of it. I needn’t have worried. Julian started the day with basic theory about materials and tools but it wasn’t long before I was actually welding. I came away with loads of practical advice tailored to what I wanted to achieve. Julian gave me lots of opportunities to practice welding which has given me the confidence to crack on and have a go at home.
I’m now in the process of kitting myself out with everything I need for the welding projects I want to tackle. A day well spent.
To become any good at welding you need proper training and lots of practice. This day gave lots of both. Julian explains the theory behind the different types of joint and the different techniques to use and then you get loads and loads of practice, with Julian demonstrating whenever you need it. I arrived having never picked up a welding torch and left feeling quite confident that I could have a go when I got home and produce acceptable results (for a novice !).
This was a well-structured, informative and enjoyable day which I would happily recommend to anyone. Thanks Julian.
Me and my husband did the mig welding course with Julian and had such a great day we booked the blacksmith course straight away. Julian is a great teacher he is encouraging and helpful and really knows his stuff. We produced some fantastic pieces we are really proud of, we cannot recommend any course with Julian highly enough.
Absolutely incredible and fascinating day with Julian. A thoroughly passionate and friendly guy who couldn't have been more accommodating and welcoming to both my wife and I. We went away with a beautiful piece of functional art. Julian was brilliant and really helped us bring out our best and walk away with something to be proud of. Couldn't recommend this course and Julian enough.
I can thoroughly recommend Julian's courses. Had the one day blacksmith course and learnt an invaluable amount of information and technique, which has urged me to consider blacksmithing as a long term hobby.
It is evident Julian has a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and patience, and is also a perfectionist who likes to see things through to completion.
Thanks Julian, thoroughly enjoyed today.
Wow what a fantastic weekend! Julian is a very talented artist and blacksmith but best of all, a great tutor with oodles of patience and a thoroughly lovely man. We arrived thinking we'd leave with a boot scraper or the like but then Julian piqued our interest and he let our imagination flow, putting his own thoughts and ideas in when we needed help. We ended up with a huge wall mounted hat rack which will look fabulous with our array of steampunk hats on. I can't believe that we managed to make something so beautiful and practical of our own design in just 2 days. Nothing fazed Julian at all, he's calm and chatty and I'm now converted to having honey in tea! Thank you so much for an amazing, dirty, exhausting, invigorating weekend. We will definitely be booking again sometime
The best teachers are knowledgable and passionate about thier subject. Julian is both and it shows. I chose an ambitious forge (coal tongs) but my slow progess was accommodated. And the end product i am very proud of. I hope to be back for a poker!
An excellent and informative day spent with Julian. You can't go wrong kicking off with a brew and a general chat about welding. We then went through some general welding theory explained in a simple and concise manner for a beginner like myself.
Next it was onto the practical side of things. Covering all the common joints and techniques. Julian's teaching technique is great. Explaining what needs to be done and why. A short demonstration, then it's your go with plenty of time to practice, with encouragement and feedback as you go.
Julian obviously knows his stuff and has a knack of being able to to get it across in a calm, relaxed and jovial manner. The day just flew by so I'll be back for the blacksmithing course later in the year.
An excellent well run course into the dark art of welding. I found Julian easy to understand and very patient (especially with a novice like myself ) The course has given me the knowledge and confidence to now go and create something using the welder I have at home instead of it gathering dust. I would recommend this course to anyone who feels the need to weld. The chance to practice was never rushed and a major part of the course with the theory being just enough to give you an understanding into welding.
Will definitely be back to try the blacksmith course at a later date.
Just got home from a great day with Julian! We ‘forged’ (sorry) a great working relationship and I had a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.
Never done black-smithery before and Julian was very patient resulting in me leaving with a most impressive toasting fork that I can honestly say that I produced myself! I wholeheartedly recommend this course ... he makes a cracking brew too!!