What you'll do
We'll start the day with looking at how steel can be shaped and formed in fire to create the most amazing artwork. Then we'll slowly introduce you to the craft by lighting the forge. We'll then learn basic hammerwork techniques to draw square and round tapers out of solid steel bars and create graceful curves to make a hook or poker. For those with a keen eye for design we'll design a unique piece of metal art for you to work on for the rest of the day.
I am a professional blacksmith who has created many beautiful pieces of art in Hastings and the surrounding areas. This has included a creative and oversized feather in our local park; a giant, stylised tree at a local primary school as well as a recently designed huge metal mermaid for an artist in Bexhill. My work is seen and appreciated across East Sussex and beyond.
Lunch: most diets catered for.
Drinks throughout the day are provided as this is thirsty work.
You will be provided with all safety equipment as well as the materials to make something of your choice.
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Where you'll be
We'll do our blacksmithing course in the Thirsty Bear Forge, a modern well equipped forge on our small holding just outside Hastings. Equipped with the essential tools of a coke forge, anvil, hammers, drill and welder we have everything we need at our fingertips to make the most beautiful artistic metalwork.
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Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
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If you have ever fancied trying your hand at the ancient craft of blacksmithing this is for you. No need at all for previous experience, just a desire to learn how to forge and form steel. This day course is particularly suited to those with an artistic inclination who like making things.
Forge a piece of blacksmith's art