During this course you will learn basic blacksmithing techniques such as set downs, and punching and drifting holes through metal. You will learn how to work the fire correctly and how to work the metal in the fire, along with the correct hammering techniques.
You will be making forged items such as a bottle opener and a toasting fork; learning how to use different tools such as slot punches and drifts for the bottle openers and hot chisel for the toasting fork.
There will be forging techniques demonstrated and learnt such as tapering, slot and drifting.
The aim of this course is to demonstrate and teach you some basic blacksmithing skills and give you an understanding of how a working forge operates. You will leave with two beautiful hand forged items.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Thomas Gontar has been practicing as an artist blacksmith since 2013, working on a wide variety of projects including sculptural work, architectural work and furniture design. Thomas moved into Glynde Forge in May 2016, where he is now based.
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