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