You will be given a hands-on introduction to the traditional craft of Blacksmithing. The day is designed to teach six of the basic techniques used in Blacksmithing. In the morning, you will forge a small hook, during which you will learn how to use the anvil to draw down the metal to make a taper, how to start a scroll, how to use heat and quenching to control where the metal moves, how to hot punch and cut. This typically takes a couple of hours, at which point we break for lunch.
After lunch, the skills learned in the morning will be reinforced in the afternoon through forging a poker, but in addition to some of those skills, you will learn how to hot twist, and use a top and bottom fuller set to neck the shaft of the poker. Once you have finished forging them, you will burnish and wax them, before taking them away at the end of the day.
The classes have a maximum of two people, so you will receive very focused instruction targeted to your learning experience.
As my Experence Day is new to Obby, I have added some reviews I have received form 'an other' Craft site:
Had a great day at the forge. Neil was helpful and patient, going at our pace, offering encouragement and advice and helping us to understand how to work hot metal. I never knew I would be so proud of a poker! I would recommend this to anyone.
Keith Simmonds - 4 days ago -
Absolutely fantastic day, Neil has a real passion for blacksmithing and this came across in the way he instructs, really teaching you how to work the metal rather than make work of it.
I never knew that hitting hot metal with a hammer would be so rewarding, but I’m very proud of the pieces I have produced, I just need a fire now to stoke with my poker.
Miles - 5 days ago -
Had a really interesting day with Neil and ended up with a poker and coat hook to boot!
Llewellyn John - 3 months ago -
I had an excellent day on the forge experience , Neil was a great tutor and made the day fun and informative. I learnt so much one day. Highly recommend this course to get an insight into an ancient craft.
Richard Potts - 3 months ago -
I cannot recommend this fantastic experience more highly. We had so much fun learning the basics of blacksmithing from Neil who was friendly, encouraging, helpful, knowledgeable and patient! We love the pieces we made and look forward to planning a return trip!
Amanda - 5 months ago