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 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
The 2018 course programme finishes in November - we don't run courses over the winter as our forging area gets too chilly - and bookings are going briskly. The 'O' courses led by Peat Oberon are now sold out for this year - you can put yourself down on standby for any place that might arise from cancellation - it doesn't happen often, but it does happen - and this may be at short notice. We make a list and contact standby students in strict date order of their standby request.
We start again in March 2019 - a provisional calendar will be posted soon. A course makes a unique, wonderful Christmas present - we'll send you a personalised gift voucher to give on the day!
Course Programme for 2018:
Course Dates Tutors Booking Status
*1/O postponed because of severe freezing weather conditions - re-scheduled to 13-15 April*
2/B April 7 – 8 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked - completed
1/O April 13 - 15* Eamonn Kenward, Matthew Galpin Fully booked - completed
3/O May 4 – 6 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked - completed
4/B June 2 – 3 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked - completed
5/O July 6 – 8 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked
6/B July 28 - 29 Eamonn Kenward, Matthew Galpin Fully booked
7/O Aug 31 - Sept 2 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward. Fully booked
8/B Sept 29 - 30 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked
9/O Oct 26- 28 Peat Oberon, Eamonn Kenward Fully booked
10/B Nov 10 - 11 Ambrose Burne, Eamonn Kenward 6 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.
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 £340.
(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! The assistant tutor is Eamonn Kenward.
This course runs from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. The cost is £290.
Giving a course as a gift:
One of our courses makes a unique and very enjoyable present for a birthday, retirement, Christmas, 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 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.)