This course is intended to introduce you to the creative possibilities within hot forging. Transforming a lifeless everyday material through fire, hammer and hand is a magical process that 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, 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 you 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.
"Plenty of 1 to 1 help during the course. Excellent instructor who demonstrated extremely good skills in Blacksmith practice. He made every effort to convey reasonable workmanship objectives to his class."Barrie, 2019
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.