Try out basic tools and techniques used by the blacksmith in the
hot-forging process, to make a small piece of work from
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.
Please note this course is held in the Forge, a short walk from the main college through the gardens.
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.