In this course we will explore a range of forging techniques which you can then use to make an object of your choosing. You will be encouraged to think about design and function and we will cover a range of techniques from basic hand forging to an introduction to power hammer work.
We will start with a quick discussion on different items that can be made from metal using forging techniques and the tutor will show examples of work he and other blacksmiths have produced in the past.
You will have the chance to either develop your own design based upon your experience and new found skills or the tutor can suggest some options based on his past work.
By the end of the course not only will you have made a finished object or two, but also had an insight into the hugely satisfying and transformative process that is forging and more importantly you will have had a lot of fun doing it.
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)
Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is 10 minutes walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea at the Old Dairy but return to the main house for lunch. Please note that tutor supervision is required at all times when students work in the forge. The tutor's instruction on health and safety will include access to and use of the power hammer.
" The tutor was excellent and added real value to the weekend both in terms of his knowledge and personality "
" Learning a new skill, meeting new people in a fantastic setting "
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.