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 (please scroll down below the course programme) 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
We launched our season on 1 March, and we end on 10 November (we don't run courses over the winter as our forging area gets too chilly). All of the subsequent courses this year are already fully booked. but occasionally places may become available through cancellation or postponement, so it may be worth putting your name down for Standby. To do this e-mail me - Richard Quinnell firstname.lastname@example.org - but please understand that in view of the numbers of people already firmly booked on courses in 2020, I will give priority for Standby to students with paid-up laterbookings.
2020: Our first three courses in 2020: Peat Oberon’s ‘O’ course in early March; Ambrose Burne’s ‘B’ course in early April ; and the second ‘O’ course in early May, are also now fully booked - we’re working urgently on setting dates for courses into summer 2020 - please scroll down below the 2019 calendar.
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Course Programme for 2019:
Course Dates Tutors Booking Status
1/O March 1 - 3 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward completed
2/B March 30 - 31 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward completed
3/O May 3 - 5 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward completed
4/B June 8 - 9 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward completed
5/O July 5 - 7 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward completed
6/B July 27 - 28 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward completed
7/O Sept 6 - 8 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward. completed
8/B Sept 28 - 29 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward completed
9/O Oct 25 - 27 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
10/B Nov 9 - 10 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
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Course Programme for 2020 (dates are provisional at present - further provisional dates will be added as soon as possible, and we’ll firm-up the exact dates when we’ve checked all possible clashing commitments - we don’t expect the first three to change) - please note the changed dates for the 4/B course - Ambrose has been invited to take an exhibition to a major event in the USA in early June
1/O March 6 - 8 2020 (provisional) Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
2/B April 4 - 5 2020 (provisional) Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
3/O May 1 - 3 2020 (provisional) Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward fully booked
4/B May 23 - 24 2020 (provisional) Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward 5 places left [note - the dates for this course have changed]
5/O July 3 - 5 2020 (provisional) Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward 6 places left
I’m working urgently on further provisional dates, and to firm these up - I have to carefully check through national and blacksmithing calendar events, and the tutor’s own diary commitments, to avoid clashes.
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, very reasonably priced boots online).
The cost of the courses includes all materials, plus tea/coffee/water/juice, and light lunch - we can cater for vegetarian/ vegan/ coeliac/ dairy-free diets. We ask you to bring your own refillable water bottle, to avoid unnecessary one-use plastic waste.
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 2020 but will be held at the 2019 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 2020 but will be held at the 2019 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 BA (Hons) degree level, at colleges in the UK and abroad).