Experience the rhythm of working hot steel using fire, hammering
and shaping at the anvil to make a small piece of work.
This course is intended to introduce you to the craft of Blacksmithing through a small personal composition in iron. You gain experience of the rhythm of working hot steel at the anvil, use of the fire, hammer work, various tools, twisting, bending, shaping, etc.
Among those techniques taught will be: use of the fire, drawing down tapers, bending, upsetting, twisting.
It is not necessary to have any prior experience of this craft, as demonstration and practical guidance form the basis of the course.
As the day progresses you evolve your project into an appropriately scaled composition in forged iron which will be a testament both to the creative potential within the medium as well as techniques covered during the day. You should be able to view metalwork with a new and invigorated eye and you should have had an exciting glimpse in to the world of steel working.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Protective clothing supplied: Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles and ear defenders are provided in the Forge, and suitable protective clothing must be worn. You may wish to bring any of the above, if you have them. If for example you have particularly large or small hands, your own work gloves are likely to be a better fit.
Andew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, trained at the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.