Come to the forge and try your hand at blacksmithing under the expert guidance of Master Craftsman Nigel Barnett. This hands-on course enables you to make a variety of items to take home with you. If you want to make something specific then let us know – we will try and accommodate your requirements!
One or two day courses available. Courses are run on a Friday/Saturday and the charge is £160 per day per person for up to 8 hours tuition. All tools and safety equipment is provided but students need to wear old clothes and stout, comfortable boots/shoes and bring a packed lunch.
DAY 1 is about learning the basics of handling metal using lots of different tools and equipment. Depending on how quickly you pick up the skills you can expect to take home 3 – 5 different items to be proud of! Examples of what you can make on a one day course; poker, BBQ tools, small shovel, oak leaf coat hook, key rings, jewellry.
DAY 2 allows attendees to build on their skills making more ornate or complex items such as candle sticks, small knives or axes, poppies, small sculptures – alternatively if you have a specific idea or topic then just ask – we will see what we can do!
For those Forged in Fire fans we will be running knife making in Norfolk courses designed for people who specifically want to learn bladesmithing skills and produce a more ambitious knife. This will include forging the blades and making the handles. Depending on skill level it will also be possible to learn the basic skills of forging Damascus steel. This will only be available as a second day course due to the fact that the participants must first learn all safety aspects of the workshop, heat control and use of power hammers/workshop equipment.
Why not complete the experience with an overnight stay in our comfortable Shepherd’s hut situated in our peaceful wooded sculpture trail? £40 per night for up to two people. Alternatively, you can camp – just bring your own tent. We do charge £5 for the use of kitchen and shower block.
Gift vouchers also available