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 unique contemporary bird table that will look great in any garden.
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.
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 tea and coffee throughout the day.
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 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. Most importantly you will need to bring a packed lunch. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge.
The minimum age for this class is 17 however we love working with young people and if you are the parent or guardian of someone younger than 17 who would like to join us for a class please contact us to discuss your needs.
Can I make a knife or blade on the course?
No, this is not a bladesmithing course and we will not be covering special techniques such as tempering and grinding needed to make a blade. However, if you are interested in bladesmithing an introductory course to blacksmithing is a good place to start.
About the Tutor:
Lizzie Hughes is an artist who trained at The Slade School of Fine Art. She has exhibited internationally and in the UK in galleries including The Whitechapel Gallery and The William Morris Gallery. Earlier this year Bathurst Regional Council invited her to be Artist in Residence in Hill End, a former gold mining town in New South Wales, Australia.
Where To Find Us:
We located at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, Manor Road, Essex,
RM4 1NB. If you are arriving by car there is parking on site.