Blacksmithing introduction with John Mosse

Blacksmithing and metalworking

Ref: S1D11827

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About this course

An introduction to the techniques and tools required for basic forgework. You will come away with your very own handforged object.

Course Description

The process of hot forging iron dates back around 3000 years. Over this time the uses, styles, technology and materials used have developed. However, the process of forming hot iron into shape using a hammer and anvil is as fundamental now as it has always been.

In this experience day, you will be shown the tools and equipment of a traditional forge, using a solid fuel hearth and hand tools to create an object of your choosing.

The aim will be for you to learn the basic skills required to get you started, should you wish to continue your journey as a blacksmith, and for you to ask any questions you wish to know about the trade.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the College will supply all materials:
  • Steel, fuel, hand tools (files, rasps, etc.)
  • You must wear goggles (provided) and suitable protective clothing for this course. Leather aprons, work gloves, welding gauntlets and goggles can be borrowed from the College Forge. Other protective equipment – e.g. welding helmets and ear defenders are also available in the Forge. 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.

What students need to bring

  • Working clothes
  • Steel toe capped boots
  • Plenty of water
  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe capped boots. 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.
  • 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: Your workshop will be in the Forge which is a 10 minute walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. You should arrive by 9am for registration at the Main House, to ensure you can walk/be directed over to the forge at 9.05am for a 9.15am start. Classes are from 9.15am - 5pm As this course is held in the Forge, morning coffee and afternoon tea is held in the nearby Carrington Studio. You will return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is always required when you are working 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.

Tutors

John Mosse

John Mosse is an award-winning blacksmith and conservator. He trained in the national school of Blacksmithing Hereford, before undergoing a masters in Conservation of metalwork at West Dean College.

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