Experience the heat of the fire forge, the resilience of the anvil and marvel at the traditional tools as you create your own bespoke item. Our blacksmith experiences are ideal for those who want to test their strength and creativity or who simply want to feel a sense of satisfaction when creating something truly bespoke. No matter your skillset and level, our in-house blacksmith will guide you step-by-step in the art of blacksmithing. By choosing one of our experiences, whether that be a taster session, half day or full day experience, you will walk away with an unforgettable and memorable experience and a handmade souvenir from your day. The perfect gift for those who want to try something a little different, learn a new skill or want to create a truly unique item.
The price of the blacksmithing experience includes tuition and all the materials and equipment needed to construct your item. We aim to tailor each lesson around an individual’s skillset, experience level and goals of the day. One can learn the basics of the blacksmithing craft before being put to the test and creating their very own piece. Depending on which session you choose, you can make items such as coat hooks, fireside pokers or toasting forks, however the possibilities are truly endless as long as it fits within the time frame.
Once a session has been purchased, a confirmation email will be sent detailing your order number. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 6888 386 to book your preferred date and timeslot. Please note, all experiences must be booked with us before arrival and dates are dependent on the schedule of our resident blacksmith. Missed experience sessions are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Each experience will be held with a maximum of two people per session and grouped depending on experience levels and skills.
Before arriving on your selected date, please ensure you bring with you your confirmation email as this will act as your ticket. If you are purchasing any of our experiences as a gift, a voucher can be collected in our showroom using your email as proof of purchase.
Upon arrival you will be asked to sign a waiver form for health and safety purposes as you will be working in a genuine blacksmithing forge.
Duration: 2 Hours (arrive 15 minutes before session starts)
This two-hour session is perfect for those who want to try a new activity, learn a new skill or who simply want to get creative. Whether you are a true beginner or have previous experience, our experienced resident blacksmith will teach you in the basics of the craft of blacksmithing and will assist in the creation of your very own piece, which you can take home to enjoy. The session will begin with a health and safety briefing, indicating all the necessary safety precautions when working in the forge. From here, you will learn about the history of blacksmithing and the basic techniques used when creating items. Finally, you will create your own item by, but not limited to, searing coal in the forge, beating and shaping it at the anvil and leaving it to cool. A complimentary hot drink will be provided but please bring enough water with you for your session.
Half Day Session
Duration: 4 hours approx. (arrive 15 minutes before session starts)
On your half day experience, our expert blacksmith will aim to build the experience around you, your skillset, previous experiences and goals for the day. Get to grips with the craft and the art of blacksmithing by learning classic techniques from creating scroll designs, working the forge and using the anvil. Your day will begin with a health and safety briefing before progressing into the learning and creating of your bespoke piece. A complimentary hot drink will be provided upon arrival but please bring enough water with you for your entire session.
Full Day Session
Duration: 8 hours approx. (arrive 15 minutes before session starts)
Become a real blacksmith for the day. From the offset, you will delve straight into the role of a blacksmith learning the traditional skills and methods required when creating beautiful pieces of ironwork. This will give our expert blacksmith a chance to gauge your skills and ability, challenging you to create your very own piece. After discussing the design and the techniques needed to create your very own bespoke ironwork, our blacksmith will assist and aid you in every step of the way. A perfect gift for those who want to express their creativity, learn a new skill and ultimately show off a piece of hand-crafted work.
Blacksmith Experience Terms & Conditions
By taking part in one of our experiences, you give up the right to take legal action against the British Ironwork Centre/Black Country Metalworks Ltd, should you suffer any personal injury at the time of the experience. By signing our waiver form you agree that you are responsible for your own health and safety when taking part and operating in the working forge including when using forge equipment.
All experiences include all the necessary materials for you to learn and create a bespoke blacksmithing item. Items that are made during your session can be taken home at no extra cost, providing that it is within the price bracket chosen. Any additional items or bespoke items can be made at an agreed extra cost and must be completed within the experiences’ time frame. Please note that our blacksmithing experiences do not cover the use of welding equipment.
PPE will be provided but it is your responsibility to wear suitable clothing on the day, this includes wearing sturdy shoes or boots and clothing that fully covers your body. No fleeces, please. We will provide all the necessary equipment and tools for your blacksmithing experience, including gloves, goggles, aprons and face shield, however it is your responsibility to wear these throughout your session.
As you will be working in a genuine forge, it is your responsibility to bring with you and ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to remain hydrated in the hot environment. Water will not be provided, so please bring enough to last your entire timed session.
You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our blacksmithing experiences.
As the forge is a potentially dangerous and hazardous working environment, unsuitable behaviour may result in the removal from the experience and from the premises.
If you have any medical conditions or take any medication, our blacksmith experiences may not be appropriate for you. We do not recommend taking part in any blacksmithing activities until medical advice is sought from your doctors to approve your participation.
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