2019 Dates to be confirmed
Tutor: Joe Tyler
ABOUT THE COURSE
An exciting introduction to the traditional art of blacksmithing, this course will help you to create your own candle stick, fire poker or paper weight from reclaimed metal material.
We will spend the first half of the day understanding the basics of blacksmithing and why blacksmiths work in the way they do. A few practice strikes will be made before the afternoon session where we will get to grips with producing an item to take home. Participants are able to choose what to make from a variety of items such as candle holders, fire pokers, paper weights or plant supports.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
Beginners and those wishing to improve their blacksmithing skills.
WHAT TO BRING
Please just keep an eye on the weather and dress appropriately for being outside all day. There will be lots of practical activity but also some watching and listening. The course will take place outdoors under a canvas shelter.
Steel toe capped boot and clothes you do not mind getting grubby.
Please bring some lunch for yourself or lunch can be bought in the Beech Cafe on site.
If you have any scrap metal you'd like to recycle, please bring it along. Mild steel from broken gardening tools, e.g. garden forks, and tool steel , e.g old chisels, are suitable.
We will be providing refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) throughout the day and fresh water will be available.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Joe trained at the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford for three years and obtained a starred Distinction. He now works in Historical Blacksmithing specialising in the Saxon period as well as in modern Blacksmithing.
"Much more practical than expected - excellent.
Great instruction from Joe"