Blacksmithing and metalworking

Blacksmithing with Peter Parkinson

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About this course

Try out basic tools and techniques used by the blacksmith in the hot-forging process, to make a small piece of work from steel.

Course Description

You will be shown some key hot-forging techniques and processes that are the fundamental elements of the craft - and working at your own forge and anvil - use these to make a series of sample pieces. These processes include tapering, twisting, hot cutting, and bending. The intention is to offer you a feel for the nature and rhythm of the craft, and some insight into the vocabulary of forms which derive from fundamental blacksmithing processes.

You should expect to produce a number of small sample pieces illuminating the potential of these techniques - and providing an understanding which may encourage you to pursue a longer blacksmithing course.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Fuel, mild steel, blacksmithing tools supplied for use.

What students need to bring

  • For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots or shoes when undertaking a course in the forge. Students must provide their own footwear and bring them with them to wear on the course. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course. Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders merchants as well as online.
  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use - please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. A pair of cotton jeans is far more protective than a pair of nylon trousers.
  • Items of drawing equipment if you wish
  • 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.

Please note this course is held in the Forge, a short walk from the main college through the gardens.


Peter Parkinson

Peter Parkinson studied at the Royal College of Art, has worked as a designer, artist blacksmith, and writer, and extensively as an art college lecturer. His work includes small gallery pieces, architectural metalwork and public art. He has written books on blacksmithing and sculpture, most recently Making Sculpture from Scrap Metal.

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