This course is intended to introduce you to the craft of blacksmithing through a small personal composition in iron. You will gain experience of the rhythm of working hot steel at the anvil, using the blacksmith's hearth. Among the techniques used will be: use of the fire, use of various tools, hammer work, drawing down tapers, bending, shaping upsetting and twisting.
It is not necessary to have any prior experience of this craft, as demonstration and practical guidance form the basis of the course.
As the day progresses you will develop and combine your taught techniques into an appropriately scaled piece of work as demonstrated by the tutor. This piece, in forged iron, will be a testament both to the creative potential within the medium as well as techniques covered during the day. You should be able to view metalwork with a new and invigorated eye and you should have had an exciting glimpse in to the world of steel working.
This course is unusual, it is rewarding and it is fun.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Andew, an experienced artist, craftsman and tutor, trained at the Royal College of Art. He has a large portfolio of architectural and public art commissions, from sculpture to functional metalwork. Andrew has substantial teaching experience at University level and has been teaching metalwork at West Dean College since 1987.
Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more