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 in (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                  

We launched our season on 1 March, and we end in November (we don't run courses over the winter as our forging area gets too chilly). Places on most of the subsequent courses this year are already fully booked, but we still have a few places available on the last three courses from late September to November - do phone or e-mail me to secure yours - Richard Quinnell 01372 374791 There is a possibility that we may interpose additional courses with another experienced tutor if demand continues to be high - we hate to disappoint

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!

Course Programme for 2019:

 Course  Dates                             Tutors                                                                Booking Status

1/O    March  1 - 3     Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward                    compleed

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            fully booked

7/O    Sept 6 - 8         Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward.                fully booked

8/B     Sept  28 - 29      Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward            4 places left

9/O     Oct  25 - 27       Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward                 1 place left

10/B   Nov   9 - 10         Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward            1 place left

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1/O March 7 - 8 2020 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward                 5 places left (!)

 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.

The Courses:

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 and ask for a booking form.

(A very good idea of what Peat gets his students to do can be seen on his website:   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 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.5