In times when Blacksmiths were an integral part of any evolving and thriving community, the blacksmiths shop was a part of, if not, actually the very dwelling of the smith themselves.
So I was very excited and encouraged to see that Jon had not broke with the tradition and passion of having his forge within the confines of his dwelling, a sign that his passion for blacksmithing is integral to his way of life and family, just as it would have been… Cosy, independent and honest, not industrialised or corporate.
I highly recommend arriving with a sketch of the blade or piece you would like to create, as Jon will assist, over and above, to help you forge something incredible.
Thee best birthday gift ever.
Thank you Jon, we will be back.
This is a great course if you have no experience or like me it’s been a few decades since you did any forge work.
Jon explains and guides you through a hands on course in a friendly professional way and I managed to complete three pieces of work.
From lighting the coal forge to heating and twisting metal through to normalising and hardening metal to completing your pieces.
This was a really fun course and I really recommend it to you.
I had a great day making a knife. Jon is an excellent teacher and has a great forge. I will definitely be back to make an axe at some point in the future.
I had a fantastic day crafting a beautiful knife which I now use everyday! Jon is very patient and explains each step clearly and the reasons behind it. Totally recommend. Plus the home made sausage rolls and cookies were to die for.
Had an awesome day at Kerr forge! 100% worth the time and money. As a nerd, the best part was to finally find a real-life use-case for high school chemistry.
Jon was a fantastic tutor and guided me through each step. It was a very professional course whilst being friendly and relaxed. Jon took time to talk through traditional methods and I came away with a new appreciation of the forging process as well as a lovely knife.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in forging a knife and gaining new skills.
Jon is an excellent, attentive and patient tutor and all round great company. I felt very welcome and comfortable from the minute I arrived. He is a very knowledgeable smith and tutor, he explained all the processes clearly so I understood what to do, how to do it and why I was doing it so I learned a lot and really feel I have gained a new skill!
Ultimately, all decisions are yours, and Jon is an excellent guide to offer advice and step in if need be. It’s a very fulfilling day experience and worth every penny to gain some insight into this beautiful craft.
And even better, I came home with an awesome knife that I forged myself and I’ll use for years to come!
Response from Kerr Forge:Hi Mike,
One of the best experiences of my life.
Jon is a great teacher, patient, and very knowledgeable.
He is also very passionate about blacksmithing, he knows a LOT so ask him a lot.
I started from a curved railway E- clip to finish with a fantastic knife.
The whole process is very well explained, we spent the whole morning forging the knife, after well-deserved lunch( prepared by Jon) we bevel it, heat treats it, and spent the remaining hours making and fixing the handle.
Jon let you use all tools, explaining how to use them but then he will let you use your own creativity to create your own knife.
He will advise you, of course, from time to time on the best way to do one step or the other.
I strongly recommend him and his course. You won't regret it.
ah, I almost forgot " It will cut !"
From start to finish this was the best experience day we have ever had, and worth every penny. You cram in so many techniques and tools whilst forging and get to understand what really goes into this craft. My Forged in Fire mad Dad has not stopped telling everyone about it.
You are in charge of every step of the process, Jon expertly guides you from the side lines and steps in if you need anything.
Jon is crazy knowledgeable and so wonderfully kind, the day with him flew by. I highly recommend this experience, you will have so much fun and get chance to unleash your inner blacksmith.
This was a great course. Jon is a knowledgeable and patient tutor, and makes sure you get stuck in to all of the processes, whilst understanding how and why they work. A lot goes into forging a knife, and the result is something durable and usable, and made by you. I'd highly recommend this, and I'll probably go back to make something else too.
I had a fantastic day making a lovely kitchen knife with Jon. Jon's forge is a brilliant work space and Jon's friendly, knowledgeable tuition makes the day incredibly enjoyable. I would 100% reccomended anyone thinking about giving this a go to book with confidence that you will have an excellent and worthwhile experience.
Response from Kerr Forge:Thanks Ian! It was a great day and lovely to work with you. You kitchen knife is awesome and I hope it serves you well for many many years!
Really enjoyed the day.
Relaxed and friendly environment. Jon was a great teacher and I found the course very informative as well.
Came home with a fantastic knife!
Response from Kerr Forge:Thanks Martin, it was a pleasure working with you for the day and you produced a truly beautiful knife. Congratulations!