Blacksmithing and metalworking

Blacksmithing for beginners with James Price

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About this course

Explore a range of forging techniques as you create a small candlestick or domestic item. Consider design and function as you learn how to manipulate metal, using basic hand forging, the power hammer and fire-welding.

Course Description

In this course, you 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 you will cover a range of techniques from basic hand forging to an introduction to power hammer work.

To begin with, there will be a quick discussion on different items that can be made from metal using forging techniques. 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 design based upon your experience and newfound skills, or the tutor will be happy to 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 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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • All stock metal and fuel costs are included in the course fee for this course.

What students need to bring

  • You will need clothing suitable for workshop use, together with steel toe cap boots. Soft training shoes with synthetic fabric uppers do not offer enough protection. Please note that cotton or wool clothing is preferable to nylon or other synthetics. A pair of cotton jeans is far more protective than a pair of nylon trousers. Shorts do not provide necessary protection.
  • Leather aprons, work gloves, safety spectacles, ear defenders, welding helmets and goggles are all provided. Items of drawing equipment are available for purchase from the College Craft Shop. Other materials are provided in the Forge. You may wish to bring your own, if you have them (if for example you have particularly large or small hands, your own work gloves are likely to be a better fit).
  • For your safety, it is mandatory to wear steel toe capped safety boots when undertaking a course in the forge. You must provide your own footwear. If you fail to bring suitable footwear, you will not be able to take part in the course.
  • Safety boots can be purchased from most tool hire shops and builders merchants as well as online.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Items of drawing equipment are available for purchase from the College Craft Shop. Other materials are provided in the Forge.
Please note: This course is held in the Forge which is a 10 minute walk from the main house through the walled garden, or can be accessed by car. We have morning coffee and afternoon tea in 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.

"It was great fun! James was very patient and encouraging. If you’ve ever considered trying your hand at blacksmithing, I would definitely recommend this short course."

Andrea, 2020


James Price

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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