Ever wondered what it would be like to create an object using heritage craft skills from over a thousand years ago? This one-day course will do exactly that by giving you the fundamental skills to create objects that are useful today, but which also have authentic character. Swing your hammer and get creative, and see how our ancestors crafted their way through the ages of Iron and Steel.
You will learn the skills an apprentice of the Medieval Age would have been shown, and utilise this knowledge as you forge, bend, twist, cut and form steel to create either historically accurate replica pieces or items with a modern twist.
In the morning, you will learn basic blacksmithing techniques and will have time to practise these skills and to make a simple and usable item, such as a hanging hook, door handle or key ring.
In the afternoon, you will use your knowledge gained on the anvil to make a useful item or two, such as:
Wall hook bracket/set
Decorative door handle
Your skills and ability will determine how many items you will make. You will definitely leave with a sense of achievement and something you can be proud of as well as new knowledge of the basic practices of the historical blacksmith, specifically covering the Saxon and Viking era.
The fundamental blacksmithing processes taught during the course are:
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Joe Tyler trained at the National School of Blacksmithing, Herefordshire. Joe’s interests lie in history, especially ancient crafts, and all types of metal work from historical and traditional to contemporary.
Joe carries out demonstrations and talks all year round in various locations across the UK on blacksmithing in the Saxon period as well as modern blacksmithing techniques.
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