2 hour class
On This Course You Will Learn: The core techniques used by blacksmiths to shape steel. You will be learn how to bend and shape steel using a gas forge, hammers and anvils. We will guide you through the steps needed to make a simple object that incorporates many of the fundamental techniques used by blacksmiths.
What will I make on the course? By the end of the class you will have made a small useful item to take home with you such a fire poker or S hook.
Who is the course suitable for? The course is suitable for complete beginners who have never tried blacksmithing before. We won’t be doing anything too strenuous so there’s no need to worry that you’re not strong enough.
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About your host, Urban Crafts Foundation
The Urban Crafts Foundation is a social enterprise based in Essex. From their forge at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning they deliver blacksmithing classes at an affordable cost to young people facing difficult life challenges that might stem from health or social issues. They want to help people within the community flourish by offering a creative program of education in a nurturing environment, that is characterised by physically engaging, meaningful work. When mainstream schooling isn’t working they want to step in and help students gain skills, qualifications and confidence that will help them transition into a life of worthwhile work and give them a valuable place in society.
Their work with young people is subsidised by events we run from our forge and through our mobile forge facility. These include lessons with members of the public, team building events, demonstrations and 'have a go' sessions at festivals.
Urban Crafts Foundation firmly believe that the best way to appreciate a skill is by having a go yourself. Whether that's simply learning the right way to knock in a nail, or how to make the hammer you'd hit it with, their team is dedicated to providing the guidance and resources to help you improve your skills, environment and enjoyment of life regardless of your background or ability.
What is included? All materials are included in the course fee. Personal protective equipment is also provided and must be worn at all times. We will provide refreshments. What should I wear? It is essential that you wear old clothes made of natural fibres i.e. not made of a flammable material such as polyester. You must also wear sturdy shoes that cover your whole foot (if you are wearing sandals you will not be allowed to participate in the course). What should I bring? You might want to bring a note book. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.