"First time ever doing forging and I absolutely loved it, enjoyed learning the process and different techniques about the craft. Will definitely be doing this again and hopefully continuing this craft in the future. Many thanks to the team for the guidance and the pleasure to be there working with them."
"A great day's course making a dagger that came out far better than my son and I expected! The workshop/school was well equipped and everything had been made ready (forge fired up, tools on hand, metal cut) for us to start working straight away, after the Health & Safety briefing. With not a moment wasted, our instructor, Will, introduced himself and ran through the basics of what we were to do. He showed us the techniques and approaches, found the best tools for us to use and left us to it at each stage - though he was always on hand in case we needed a bit if help or guidance to make sure things stayed on track.
The overall design of the dagger was left up to us and we worked on the metal through the day (with a great lunch delivered by the Garway Moon Inn). Once the metalwork was done we were then shown how to clean the metal up with an angel grinder, how to make the handle on the lathe (with some creative suggestions from Will again) and then some final touches by Will to drill and tap the tang to get the pommel on.
Overall, a great experience that will be a fond memory for my teen son and I for years to come. Can't fault the experience in any way. Great place, great atmosphere and incredible value for money. We were blessed to have Will as our instructor, he really knows his crafting and how to give just the right amount of support that adds to the experience. I suspect we'll be going back in the near future!"
"I booked myself in for a "Just for Fun" day and "Forging a Knife" the next day. It was purely, simply brilliant. I had the time of my life, left with a herb chopper (never used one before, but that's about to change!) and a Gladius, and I couldn't be happier. The team was exceptional, all of them: Ben, Theo, Joe, Bobby, Aaron, and last but not least Henry, are clearly passionate about their job - and about quite a few other subjects too, which makes for great conversations while the steel's heating. They're happy to help and answer any questions, and are really working as a team to make sure that your object turns out good, but without taking away the feeling that whatever it is you've decided to forge, it is your own work. They show you how it works and explain the process, and then it's your turn! There is a great variety of objects you can choose to make, even with the knives (wasn't expecting the gladius to be a possibilty, but I am glad it is!). Loved it, will definitely try to come back to extend my new collection, and will recommend to any and all (already have, in fact, to a couple I am met just the day after - I hope they were able to get a booking!)"