Blacksmithing Workshops

Hot metal, a roaring fire and an anvil. This heritage craft would once have been found in every village but is now a rare sight. We’re very fortunate at Sacrewell to be able to offer one-to-one lessons (or one-to-two, depending on the workshop, if you wish to work with a friend or relative) with our resident blacksmith, Dave.

What’s included?

  • all the tools and material you need to create your own piece of metalwork
  • instructions, advice and assistance from experienced tutor Dave
  • use of personal protection equipment (goggles, gloves and an apron)

When are workshops available?

Blacksmithing sessions are available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All workshops must be pre-booked. Please contact us to arrange a suitable date after you’ve made your purchase.

Workshops to choose from:

TASTER SESSIONS (£20 per person)

Suitable for anyone aged 12+

Purchase a Taster Session

Make a simple coathook, bottle opener or heart pendant in this half hour session, which is recommended for absolute beginners. We’re sure you’ll learn something new and enjoy the chance to make something truly unique, as well as helping to keep this traditional skill alive.

Taster sessions can be booked on the last Thursday and last Sunday of each month. Please contact us to pre-book your session.

 

Brilliant time. We will be back.

Liz, May 2019

 

HALF DAY SESSIONS (£80 per person)

Suitable for anyone aged 18+

For anyone who’d like to spend a little longer in the forge, the three hour half day session (10:00am till 1:00pm) offers the chance to make a fire poker. If you would like to experience blacksmithing with a friend or relative, the half day session offers the perfect opportunity to work alongside each other.

Purchase a Half Day Session

 

FAMILY COAT HOOK SESSION  (£160 for 2 adults and 2 children)

Suitable for anyone aged 12+

Work as a team to create a customised set of coat hooks for your family. Each participant will make their own hook and we’ll mount them together on a wooden base for you to take home. Let us know if your family structure is a little larger and we’ll see what we can offer. We can even add an extra hook for the dog lead.

Purchase a Family Coat Hook Session

 

INTRODUCTION TO BLACKSMITHING (£160 per person)

Suitable for anyone aged 18+

In this full day workshop (10:00am till 5:00pm) you’ll have the chance to try your hand at several different blacksmithing techniques. You’ll then put them into practice to make three different tools which you can take home and use to develop your new hobby.

Please note that this workshop is offered on a one-to-one basis only.

Purchase an Introduction to Blacksmithing

 

KNIFE MAKING DAY (£160 per person)

Suitable for anyone aged 18+

In just one day (10:00am till 5:00pm) you’ll produce a completed metal knife with an “as forged” handle. Develop your skills in shaping, grinding, heat treating and sharpening a block of steel under the watchful eye of our blacksmith.

Please note that this workshop is offered on a one-to-one basis only.

Purchase a Knife Making Day

 

FIVE DAY BLACKSMITH TOOL MAKING COURSE (£750 per person)

Suitable for anyone aged 18+

Make the tools to make the tool in this fascinating five-day course. Whilst learning the fundamental principles of the art of blacksmithing, you will produce a set of practical equipment to enable you to create your very own blacksmith’s hammer. Contact us to find out available dates.

What skills will I learn?

  • How to source blacksmithing materials and to test metal for high carbon steel
  • The process of heat treating
  • A range of fundamental techniques
  • How to blacksmith using both a heritage coke fire and a modern gas fuelled fire
  • How to make: a range of chisels, a round punch, a pair of tongs, the tools for making a cross peen hammer and the hammer itself. If time permits, you may also be able to make a range of optional additional metal items using your new tools.

What’s Included?

  • All the equipment and material you need to create your range of blacksmith tools
  • Instructions, advice and assistance from experienced tutor Dave
  • Use of personal protection equipment (goggles, gloves and an apron)
  • Tea, coffee and some light refreshments on each day of your course

This five day course is physically demanding, therefore participants must be in a reasonable state of good health in order to take part. Please contact us via email if you would like to book a space on this course but you have any concerns about its suitability for you.

Purchase a Five Day Blacksmith Tool Making Course

 

Our blacksmith’s workshop is situated approximately 75m from our main entrance and has an uneven, cobbled floor. Participants must be able to stand for the full duration of their blacksmithing workshop.

TAILOR MADE WORKSHOPS

If you have a metalwork project in mind that isn’t already on our list, or you’d like to arrange a custom experience, please get in touch. We’d be happy to discuss a tailor made workshop to meet your needs.

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