Blacksmithing - an introduction

This one-day blacksmithing course at Assington Mill is designed to introduce you to the craft of blacksmithing; to give you an insight. 

During the day you can choose to make a variety of small items to take home,  from a fire-poker, a Roman brooch, toast fork, door hooks, leaf key-ring etc.  For those who are into re-enactment, you could make a bullister (?sp.) arrow head.  The choice will be yours on the day.  You will be working in pairs:  two to a forge, two or an anvil.  The four forges will be outside but the anvils will be nearby under cover, in one of our cartlodges.  Be prepared to stand up all day (except for lunch and tea breaks), to be surrounded by coke-fuelled forges, red hot iron, the noise of the electric bellows, and hammering using a variety of tools (you might like to bring ear-defenders).

No one is allowed to work without safety glasses.  Nigel will bring glasses suitable for this type of work, which you can buy from him for £4.50.

Click on tutor Nigel Barnett's name to see more about him.

NB  This course is now full, but you can go on the reserve list by ringing Anne Holden on 01787 229955, or email [email protected]


Comments from past participants (on the November 2014 course):

Very good day.  Most enjoyable.

Do you offer a discount for attending multiple courses in one year?  Great day, really enjoyed the class.  George is a great teacher and communicator, and obviously a very talented blacksmith.  Many thanks.

Had a really good day.  Tuition was really good and easy to understand .  Excellent help with extras.  Many thanks, Phil E.

One of the best days I have ever had.  Sad it’s over!  Lovely people, fantastic skills and just what was needed to bring back balance into my life.  Thank you, Nicky

Excellent!  Great to do something with my hands and get away from the desk.

*George is a very competent person and I had an excellent day.  Keep up the good work.  JR

It was quite slow to get going, and I think we could have started the afternoon’s activities before lunch.  That would have given us more time to complete our rather over-ambitious projects!  George [Nigel's colleague] was very likeable and helpful, though I guess he’ll be an even better tutor with more experience.

Just wanted to send a mail to thank you and your team and in particular George for a superb "Introduction to Blacksmithing" day on Saturday. It was a brilliant day in a wonderful lowesome food. The group really seemed to gel and we had lots of fun and laughs and all in all I had a fantastic day so thank you!  Mike S.


Nigel Barnett
Friday, 11 September, 2015

Times9 - 5


What to Bring

Jeans, cotton tops (plastic melts and burns).  You are likely to get small burns on the clothes from sparks, so please bring old ones.  Several layers might be a good idea, in case the weather is cold.

Strong shoes or safety boots.


Will be provided as part of the fees.