Blacksmithing and metalworking

Blacksmithing with James Price

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About this course

Learn how to forge hot metal using fire, hammer and hand. You will bend, twist, shape and punch to make both practical pieces and sculpture.

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce you to the creative possibilities within hot forging. The process of transforming a lifeless everyday material through fire, hammer and hand is hugely rewarding and gives great scope for beautiful forms and compositions. You will be shown techniques that are the building blocks of the blacksmith's craft, forging, twisting, bending, hot punching etc and it is hoped that through experimenting with these yourself small sample pieces will be produced that allow you to demonstrate some of these new found techniques and processes. James will show you how to make both a decorative fire poker and a forged coat hook. However, should you wish to make something of your own design using these newly learned techniques that's fine too.

As well as being great fun there is an immediacy to hot forging steel that can be hugely satisfying and it is hoped through the day some of the rhythm and magic inherent within forging will be shared.

No previous experience is needed and students are free to make both sculptural work or something with a use.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes all fuel costs and metal that is stocked by the college.
  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles, ear defenders, welding helmets and goggles are all provided. You may wish to bring your own, 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.

What students need to bring

  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe cap boots. Soft training shoes with synthetic fabric uppers do not offer enough protection. 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. Shorts do not provide necessary protection.
  • For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots 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.

Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is 10 minutes walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in the forge. The tutor's instruction on health and safety will include access to and use of the power hammer.


James Price

James Price is a blacksmith and designer, combining traditional forging with a contemporary aesthetic. Trained at Brighton University and the Centre for Rural Crafts, Hereford, he established his forge in 2001.

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