Learn to forge a shaker style coat rail using traditional hand
forged techniques to make hooks that are then fixed onto a back
plate. You will be encouraged to think creatively about form and
function to make your design unique, and will be shown basic hand
forging techniques. Once the hooks are made explore options for a
back plate and how to attach the hooks through welding, riveting or
This course offers a rewarding and accessible insight into the blacksmiths craft through designing and making a shaker style coat rail.
You will be encouraged to think about form and function and shown basic hand forging techniques. The course is also suitable for more experienced learners as the complexities of the design can be adapted to suit different skill levels.
Although a coat rail sounds fairly simple it offers the chance for lots of creativity within a clearly defined structure.
You will be shown basic examples of hooks and how to make them. Students will then have the option to adapt these designs, copy them or completely reinvent them into something completely original.
Once the hooks are made we will explore options for a back plate and how to attach the hooks through welding, riveting or other means.
Whether traditional, contemporary, shaker or sculptural hanging your coat up will never be the same again.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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.