How to transform the shape of steel using heat and blacksmithing techniques.
On day 1 you will be introduced to the tools used by blacksmiths and use them to learn techniques that will allow you to manipulate hot metal into different shapes. By the end of the day you will have a good understanding of the forms that blacksmithing can produce and how to achive them.
Throughout the day we will look at the different approaches needed to work with flat, round and square steel stock. You will try hammering, bending, twisting, spreading, punching and chiselling metal.
On day 2 you will be able to work at your own pace under our guidance to develop the processes you learnt on day 1. You will have the opportunity to produce an object of your own design or work on one or our suggested projects.
What will I make on the course?
By the end of day 1 you will have made series of small functional objects that lend themselves to learning blacksmithing techniques. They might include hooks, candlesticks or toasting forks. On day 2 you will be able to work on your own project, this could be anything from a small sculpture to a fire poker.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for complete beginners who have never tried blacksmithing before or for people who would like to brush up on their skills.
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 and drawings or photographs of something you might like to try to make (please be realistic!). 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.
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.