The course tutors are Peat Oberon (Course 'O') or Ambrose Burne (Course 'B')
The two courses are very different, so it is important to read the descriptions below(scroll down below the calendar) before choosing which course is right for you.
Course 'O': Friday 3-7pm, Saturday 9-6pm, Sunday 9-3.30pm £340
Course 'B': Saturday 9-7pm, Sunday 9-4pm £290
Happy New Year!
We start again in March 2019 - we don't run courses over the winter as our forging area gets too chilly. The calendar is printed below; the first 5 courses were already fully booked by Christmas - not a totally unprecedented situation as we have been similarly pre-booked just once in the last 23 years - but we think we must be getting it right! Students in 2018 rated us consistently 5-star in their reviews.
A course makes a unique, wonderful present for a birthday - or another significant celebration like an anniversary, retirement, or to encourage the enthusiasm of a young person - we'll send you a personalised gift voucher to give on the day! Courses in the remainder of 2019 are still filling up fast, so to avoid disappointment please don’t delay contacting us.
Course Programme for 2019:
Course Dates Tutors Booking Status
1/O March 1 - 3 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
2/B March 30 - 31 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
3/O May 3 - 5 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
4/B June 8 - 9 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
5/O July 5 - 7 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
6/B July 27 - 28 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward 6 places left
7/O Sept 6 - 8 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward. 4 places left
8/B Sept 28 - 29 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward 8 places available
9/O Oct 25 - 27 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward 4 places left
10/B Nov 9 - 10 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward 8 places available
We provide tools, safety glasses, aprons and gloves - you may bring your own if you prefer. Please wear old clothes - long-sleeved cotton shirts and jeans are ideal - not tee-shirts or shorts as these expose you to sparks - and no synthetic fabrics; and we do require you to equip yourself with steel toecap work boots to comply with safety requirements (we will tell you how to get good boots, very reasonably priced, online).
The cost of the courses includes all materials, plus tea/coffee/water/juice, and light lunch. Parking is free.
Introductory Course 'O' led by Peat Oberon introduces students to all 7 of the basic operations of blacksmithing through a tightly-planned programme of object-based procedures that result in all students making a loop-&-tendril poker on the first afternoon, a hanging basket bracket on the second day, and a ram's head toasting fork on the third day. This is a very impressive amount of work to get through in the time, and the sense of achievement is tremendous. The assistant tutor is Eamonn Kenward.
This course runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The cost is currently £340 - this may have to increase a bit in 2019 but will be held at the 2018 level for bookings made before we announce any increase. E-mail us at email@example.com and ask for a booking form.
(A very good idea of what Peat gets his students to do can be seen on his website: http://www.school-of-blacksmithing.co.uk His courses in Stockton-on-Tees are identical to the ones he leads here)
Introductory Course 'B' led by Ambrose Burne is more design-based and exploratory, introducing the student to the basic operations via a mixture of set pieces with an exploration of the student's own ideas developed with Ambrose's help. It’s a good idea to think about what you might want to make in advance, in general terms – don’t be too ambitious - entrance gates really aren't a possibility! If you really have no idea, don’t worry - we’ll help you decide what to do. The assistant tutor is Eamonn Kenward.
This course runs from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. The cost is £290 - this may have to increase a bit in 2019 but will be held at the 2018 level for bookings made before we announce any increase. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a booking form
Giving a course as a gift:
One of our courses makes a unique, very enjoyable, and actually rather splendid present for Christmas, a birthday, retirement, or other significant event, with a personalised gift certificate to give on the day.
How about a memorable anniversary gift for your partner, perhaps to take together to celebrate forged links, welded bliss…..? If you want to be really themed, 6 years is Iron, 11 years is Steel!
Also an excellent hands-on experience for young people: to gain an understanding of the roots of our - still - iron-age civilization, and – who knows – perhaps the gateway to a creative career? (We can advise on career prospects and available Further and Higher Education college courses in Artist Blacksmithing up to degree level.)