"My partner and I had an absolutely brilliant day with Jon at the forge last weekend. Jon quickly senses how much help you need in each of the many and interesting tasks involved in making a knife, and is happy to stand back while you do everything while always being ready to step in if needed. We left at the end of the day clutching something that we felt *we* made, which is brilliant. Jon is passionate about the craft and an excellent teacher. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious, which is really important as it really is a full day and I could imagine it feeling quite tedious with the wrong person. I thoroughly recommend a day at Kerr Forge - you won’t regret it!"
"The couple's knife making experience at Kerr forge was incredible and we couldn't recommend it enough. Jon was an absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable teacher and craftsman who guided us through the blacksmithing fundamentals. We got to be very hands on in the making of our knife and were over the moon about the end product. All round an excellent day. Thank you very much Jon we look forward to coming back to Kerr forge to craft some more amazing metalwork!"
"Had a great day with John. I've done a previous blacksmith's day making a candle stick holder and a fire poker elsewhere and this was just as good. Made a fantastic knife and lots of good feedback from my grown-up kids on the results - so it must have been good.
Will have to try and think of something else to make so I can go back again."
"My son and I spent a really enjoyable day at Jon's forge. We both made rather different knifes which we are really happy with but as much as being happy with product we really enjoyed the process. Jon is a really good teacher, friendly and knowledgeable. He is really good at knowing where to offer advice and help which means that it feels as if you have made the knife even though you know you couldn't have done it without it.
"Purchased a knife making day for my sons 18th Birthday. He had an amazing day and the knife he made is awesome!
Very good instruction in a friendly atmosphere.
Just waiting on make an axe day and we will be re booking! ??"
"We spent a fantastic day with Jon today making two pendants, a bangle, a hair pin and a ring.
Jon is very knowledgeable, a great teacher, very patient and makes learning easy and fun.
We would love to return again one day to learn more - in the meantime we have the wonderful pieces we made today to enjoy wearing and showing off to everyone we know!"
"My (now) husband and I made our wedding rings at Kerr Forge! I was initially hesitant, I have never done anything like this before and was unsure if I’d be able to actually do it! However, through Jon’s brilliant teaching and patience, I had the best day! My husband and I love our unique rings and get so many compliments. It’s great being able to say that we made them ourselves, makes them even more special!"
"Such a great experience, the day completely exceeded our expectations. Jon was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful, and immediately thought of ways to let us personalise our knife when we asked about engraving. We loved the day, it was so unique and we've come away with an amazing knife! Thankyou Jon! We'll definitely be back to add to the set!"
"Excellent day spent making a Japanese style cleaver with Jon - his expertise and knowledge really shone through and helped us to make a really unique but functional tool over the course of the day. Jon was incredibly friendly and kind and made sure that the day passed without issue, rectifying any mistakes we made but making sure that we were still fully in control of how the knife turned out. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking into it."
"My husband did this course as I gifted it to him for his birthday. His review is as follows:
Jon gave me lots of options on what kind of knife to make, which was great. We worked hard all day and he was very informative and skilled. His wife's cooking was delicious and plentiful and we definitely worked up an appetite! Jon was a great teacher, amazingly patient with me, and helpful at every turn. Plus, he was just a great guy to chat with! Unbelievable experience! Highly recommend it to everyone interested."
"Everything was amazing and terrific fun. Way beyond any expectations that I might have had. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm. I have come away with a beautiful knife and wonderful memories ."
"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 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."
"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!"
Kerr Forge responded:
" Hi Mike,
Thanks so much for the kind words. It was an absolute pleasure working with you all day, and you should be really proud of your awesome knife.
Hope to see you again on a future course,
"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."