Blacksmithing Courses

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To pay for a blacksmithing course click on the box below. There are no dates attached – booking is always required –  you will need to contact us to check availability (info@ferricfusion.co.uk) If you are booking more than one course you will need to repeat the payment process for each individual course as multiples cannot be booked on this system (we know this is a nuisance and we apologise)


Course Menu



2018 COURSE DATES

1 DAY COURSES

Jan 27th NOW FULL
Feb 3rd
March 3rd,
April 14th,
May 5th,
June 2nd,
July 14,
August 4th,
Sept 1st,
October 6th,
November 3rd,
Dec 1st

2 DAY COURSES

Jan 20/21,
Feb 17/18,
March 24/25,
April 21/22,
May 12/13,
June 9/10,
July 7/8,
August 11/12,
Sept 8/9
October 13/14
Nov 10/11
and Dec 8/9

Course prices

One Day Course : £130
One day courses are run on a Saturday only 9.30 – 5pm

2 Day Course : £260
– Sat 9.30 to 5.00pm and Sun 9.30 am to 5.00pm

We occasionally put on extra courses at weekends and during the week

Make your own Ironwork!

Come and learn a new skill in beautiful Carmarthenshire. We run one day and two day ‘learn to smith’ courses for beginners. Never so much as picked up a hammer? Don’t worry, we are used to teaching complete novices – we don’t expect you to have any pre course knowledge or skill. Aaron uses his teaching skills to gently guide you through the whole process, explaining each step comprehensively and allowing you to work at your own pace. Small groups (never more than 4 at a time) ensure that you are given individual and personal attention. He will also provide you with lots of useful nuggets of information, whether that is about technical aspects or historical and cultural elements of smithing. With more than two decades of blacksmithing experience under his belt, there is not much Aaron doesn’t know about the art and craft of the smith, feel free to ask questions.

On a two day course you can expect to learn the following ; different types of forge and how they work, basic smithing tools and equipment, basic metals knowledge, different types of heat and what they are used for. You will learn the basic skills of drawing the metal down and upsetting it (making it thinner and thicker as you require it), learning what the various faces of the anvil are for and using these to produce curves and angles, bending, hot cutting (cutting through the metal when it is hot), punching (making a hole through the metal when hot). Joining metal – on the beginners course we teach you to join metal using modern equipment such as a mig welder or via riveting. The traditional, more complex skill of fire welding can be taught on request but we usually find that at this stage it is unsuitable. You will learn hammer skills and practice using a range of blows to produce different effects.

You will make around 4 items to take home with you – a typical collection would be a simple rat tail poker, two hammer in beam hooks, two cooking hooks and one other larger item (either a hanging basket bracket or candlestick). If there is something in particular you would like to have a go at email us to discuss whether this would be possible.

Two day courses run over a weekend – Sat 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am 5.00pm. Costs are £260 per person per weekend.

On a one day course you will learn many of the basic skills identified above (with the exception of joining metals). You can expect to make 2 items. This may include a simple poker and some useful kitchen hooks.

One day courses are run on a Saturday. Costs are £130 per person.

“I was impressed with how much we managed to get through and how much I had to take home” course attendee

Who would want to come on a blacksmithing course?

It is surprising – we have had art and design teachers, students hoping to take their skills further and apply for full time smithing courses, people have bought them as presents for family members and people who have just always had a hankering to try smithing.

Here are some ideas

Why not buy a course for a special day such as father’s day or a birthday. You can pay for the course in advance and we will send out a personalised gift certificate that can be redeemed at any agreeable time over the following year. Don’t forget mother’s day – it is not only men who smith.

Couples – why not book yourselves a ‘smithing together’ course and learn a new skill together? Combine it with a romantic long weekend near the beach.

Brides to be/ grooms to be – what about making your own candlesticks for the top table?

Doing up a barn or other building? Why not learn how to make your own door furniture or door knocker – make a little piece of your dream home with us.

Planning a holiday in west Wales – why not incorporate a day or two in the forge as part of your holiday and take back something really special to remind you of your stay.

Stressed out? Feeling the need to hit something really hard? Smithing is great for getting it out of your system.

Smiths in the family tree – why not come and have a go and experience what your great, great grandfather did?

And of course for anyone simply called SMITH (or any variation of this) a course in smithing would be ideal – we will do you a special ‘SMITH’ gift certificate that can be redemmed at any agreeable time over the following year.

Courses are only available for those 18 years of age or older. (16/17 year olds can attend courses alongside an adult, we cannot teach under 16s as our insurance will not cover this.)

All prices include insurance, (we hold the necessary public liability insurance), practice steel-stock, fuel used, course handouts, further reading suggestions and, of course, your handmade ironwork to take home

There are a few things you will need to bring with you on any course. You must bring your own safety boots these do not need to be steel toe capped, walking boots or similar are fine.  Wear old work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Long sleeves are a good idea. It is even better if you have an old overall or boiler suit. We supply safety goggles which must be worn at all times in the forge as well as work gloves and leather aprons. If you have long hair, tie it back and be sensible about jewellery etc. Bring a packed lunch and drink with you. We do not supply food or drink ourselves.

Blacksmithing can be a physically demanding activity so students need to be reasonably fit and healthy. If you have any health or mobility conditions that may impede your ability to participate it would be helpful if you could let us know. You will be asked to sign to state that you consider yourself well enough to undertake the course. Whilst we do everything that we can to assess, manage and reduce risk it must be recognised that working with fire and hot metal is potentially risky regardless. You will give basic safety advice at the very start of each course – please ensure that you attend to this important aspect of the training.

Places to stay can be found via http://www.visitwales.co.uk/there are a number of local options including B&B, hotel, caravan and camping etc. We also send out details of local accommodation on booking. When booking your accommodation it may be helpful to know the approximate distance to St Clears which is where the forge is based. If you are really confused or stuck, give us a ring or email.

Distance to St Clears:

Carmarthen: 12 Miles

Pendine : 14 Miles

Laugharne: 4 Miles

Tenby 17.6 miles

 

Intermediate tool making courses

In 2018 we will be running a series of intermediate level one and two day courses aimed at individuals who already have some skill in blacksmithing. The focus will be on tool making. You will need to have attended one of our own 2 day blacksmithing courses in the past or have had experience through your own practice or attendance at another course. These courses are designed for those with some experience, they are not suitable for those who have spent less than 2 days learning smithing skills. They are not suitable for individuals who may be experienced with metals (i.e welder fabricators) but have not undertaken any forging activity  (as the skills required. whilst related closely to other metalwork activities, are very specific to blacksmithing) Dates will be announced soon.