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 item such as an 'S' hook that you can take home with you.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 16. 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. (If you are older than 16 please look at our other courses. If you have a child youger than 11 who would like to try blacksmithing please get in touch with us.)
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. Please be aware that there are no cafes or shops within walking distance of the forge so you might want to bring something to eat or drink.
This class is specifically for young people aged between 11 and 16 years old. Young people attending the course must arrive with a parent, guardian or other authorised adult who will be required to sign a a form confirming that they allow the child to take part in the class. Accompanying adults are not required to stay in the forge during the lesson but may do so if they wish. No young people are allowed to leave the forge by themselves without an accompanying adult so it is important that you arrive on time at the end of the class to collect the child you have brought or additional fees may be incurred.
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. Last 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. If you are arriving by public transport, there is a taxi office next to Grange Hill Station. The taxi fare from the station to the forge is approximately £5.
We know that sometimes schedules change and when this happens we do our best to accomodate you. However as our student numbers are very small last minute changes are very difficult for us. If you're booking for a friend please check that they are available before you make a booking. We only refund cancellations up to 30 days before the start of a course.