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 introduces 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, such as forging, twisting, bending and hot punching. By experimenting with these, small sample pieces will be produced that allow you to demonstrate some of these newfound techniques and processes. The tutor will show you how to make a decorative fire poker and a forged coat hook. However, should you wish to make something of your own design, that's fine too.

No previous experience is needed and you are free to make both practical pieces and sculpture.


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.
  • Protective clothing supplied:
  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles, ear defenders, welding helmets and goggles are all provided and suitable protective clothing must be worn.

What students need to bring

  • N.B. For your safety it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the Forge. Students must bring their own footwear. 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 the Workshop can sometimes feel cool/cold so please bring warm clothing). 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.
  • Protective Clothing Supplied:
  • 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 which is a 10 minute walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea in 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. Evening working – the Forge is not open in the evening. Potential students must be able to repetitively use light hammers and hold metal tongs in the other hand, while standing at an anvil height and higher worktop.


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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