Courses

BLACKSMITHING COURSES

ALL COURSES HAVE NOW BEEN RUN FOR 2017 .

PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE MAILING LIST FOR 2018.

 

 

For all enquiries please email alex@alexpoleironwork.com or contact me on 07947 184016.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BLACKSMITHING (1 day course)

Spend a day in a fully equipped working forge learning all the basic blacksmithing techniques. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge you will be shown the tools, equipment and how to light and use the forge.

You will cover many of the traditional skills used by blacksmiths, work steel at different temperatures and will learn how to judge the heat of the metal by its colour.

This is an extremely enjoyable but physical day working in the forge. We will set projects which will enable you to learn all the basic techniques and at the end of the day you will take home all your forged metalwork.

There are only six places on each course making this an intense day but allowing you to progress at your own pace.

COST = £150 per person.

DATES – TBC

KNIFE MAKING FOR BEGINNERS (2 day course)

Over the course of the weekend students will learn how to forge small single piece ‘blacksmiths’  knives and also a variety of different types of blades using different carbon steels.

DAY 1 – Forging high carbon steels (EN9 and EN45) to make foraging and small skinning knives.

DAY 2 – An introduction to forge welding leads on to making a billet of laminate steel (San Mai) from which you can forge larger knives. These , along with your other pieces, will then be hardened and tempered.

Further teaching and practice on materials, tempering and grinding will also be part of the course.

Some previous experience is recommended but not essential for this course.

The course is fully catered (lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday) by a local cook, providing exceptionally tasty meals from locally sourced produce. There is also free camping in the orchard adjacent to the forge.

Please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements or medical conditions.

COST = £ 300 per person.

DATES – TBC

AXE MAKING FOR BEGGINNERS (2 day course)

Learn how to forge a single piece hatchet axe over the course of a weekend.

DAY 1 – Forging an axe head.

DAY 2 – Hardening, tempering, grinding and handle fitting.

The goal of this course is that each participant will take home their own hand forged axe. No experience required.

Special axe steel will provided by Gränsfors Bruks, Sweden – this is not available anywhere else and is produced especially for them alone.

The course will be led by Fredrik Thelin, a highly qualified and experienced blacksmith who runs the courses at Gränsfors Bruks , Sweden . Fredrik has worked as a professional blacksmith for 20 years and has extensive experience in various forms of cooperation with Gränsfors Bruks (additional info can be found at www.gransforsbruk.com).

Fredrik will be assisted by Alex, who attended the course in Sweden in 2014, and will be on hand at all times to help.

The course is fully catered (lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday) by a local cook, providing exceptionally tasty meals from locally sourced produce. There is also free camping in the orchard adjacent to the forge.

Please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements or medical conditions.

COST = £365 per person.

DATES – TBC