Blacksmith Beginners Course
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Become a Blacksmith for the day!
- Courses suitable for beginners ~ One to one
tuition ~ Makes an ideal gift
Learn key Blacksmithing techniques whilst forging your own piece of art to take home
***Gift certificates available***
Book in for a Malham Smithy Blacksmith day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic
techniques that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work, from a simple hook to an elaborate sculpture.
What will you do?
After a simple demonstration you will get straight into
having a go at forging with hammer and anvil. You will be guided to safely use the hand tools and incorporate design elements
into practical forge work.
At the end of your forging day you can expect to take away a couple of pieces of your own
handcrafted forge work. First being your test piece for working on techniques which could take the form of an elegant hook
(or a bit of a twisted, split, tapered, punched, burnt scrap metal paperweight...) plus a finished piece such as a toasting
fork, poker or coat rack.
Follow on courses are also available for people that have already attended a Malham Smithy
course. These will be run on a project basis and participants are required to send details of their project design in advance.
The designs will be reviewed for feasibility and materials. Please note some advanced projects will incur additional
materials charges, this will be notified when the project plan is reviewed.
Who is the day suitable
The day course is aimed as a one to one session, or a two person joint booking, for adults with
no previous experience (or attending a follow on day), allowing you to get the most out of your time at the smithy and forge
something completely bespoke to you, rather than a set group design. The day is a physical one in a centuries old traditional
forge and may not be suitable for everyone. Contact the Malham Smithy if you have any injuries or disabilities before booking.
Bookings cannot be taken for people under 18. Larger group bookings may be available on request, however space is very limited
in the 200 year old forge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your party if you are a larger booking and we will advise if you can be accommodated.
are the courses run?
Dates can be arranged with Malham Smithy, both weekday and weekend courses are available.
Dates can be booked at the time of purchasing via COURSE BOOKING DATES, or arranged at a later date if buying as a gift. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and are available electronically.
Dates are released on a rolling six month basis, the sooner the participant books after receiving their certificate,
the more choice they will have.
The timing for the day is a 10am start, finishing at 5pm. You will have a break for
lunch, good food is available to purchase in the village from The Buck Inn pub, The Lister Arms pub, the Old Barn Cafe and
Beck Hall, all highly recommended. Alternatively you can bring your own packed lunch to enjoy sat by the scenic beck that
runs to the side of the smithy. Tea and coffee are provided all day in the forge.
What to wear?
You will be provided with safety equipment for the day, being apron, safety glasses and gloves.
Wear overalls or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or damaged, clothes should be natural fibres, cotton/denim,
not synthetic and must have full length trousers and long sleeves. You are required to wear safety boots, non steel toe caps
worn at your own risk. Workwear trousers and tops are available to purchase from the Malham Smithy. Advance notice of sizes
required on booking. A note on safety glasses, different types suit different people, and not everyone will find a pair that's
comfortable; if you have your own safety glasses we recommend you bring them on the day. If you wear glasses everyday,
it is advisable to purchase some 'safety over glasses' in advance to get accustomed to their comfort and fit, as wearing
two pairs of glasses can be a challenge.
Blacksmithing for Beginners Course
Standard course costs (2020): Weekday one to one £190, weekday 2 person
£150each, Saturday two person £340 (no discount for single participation on Saturday).
Please note these are one to one or two person courses, we do not add other participants to your booking.
Deposit payment required to secure a booking date, balance payable on the day of the course - please note, card facilities
are not available for payment on the day. Alternatively full amount can be paid in advance.
can be requested without booking a date - the recipient can then select a date on receipt. Please select below if you would
like a gift certificate.
Check available course dates here with the online bookings calendar:
Please note, bookings will NOT be taken via the telephone or email.
Courses from £150 per person
Exclusive gift package from £203 per person
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Book in for a Malham Smithy Blacksmith day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic techniques
that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work, from a simple hook to an elaborate sculpture.
on the payment buttons above to make a secure payment via the PayPal website. Please note Annabelle Bradley
or the Malham Smithy does not see your card details at any point during the transaction.
are available as weekday or weekend options, for one or two people.
Course fees are non-refundable,
however if you cannot attend a date booked we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, subject to reasonable
notice being given. Gift certificates are valid for 12 months.
Book your date now on the online booking calendar link
below, alternatively gift certificates will be issued for the recipient to book at a later date.
Exclusive Gift Package Option:
buy an Exclusive Gift Package for a truly unique present experience!
The exclusive gift package includes a personalised hand forged Ram's
Head Bottle Opener, posted with a gift certificate card and details about their experience day course, for you to present
as a gift.
The personalised gift will be stamped with inscription of your choice (up to 15 letters).
personalised gift is made to order, please allow 4 weeks for delivery.
The exclusive package for
two people also includes the option to book the course date on a Saturday by request. One to one exclusive is only available
on a weekday.
Course fees are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend a date booked we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, subject
to reasonable notice being given.
Prices valid for courses and gift certificates as at September 2019.
Subject to change without prior notification. Bookings and gift certificates already issued
will not be affected by future changes.
For general enquiries on the courses, please complete the form below. To find out about available course dates, please
use the calendar link above as dates will NOT be provided by telephone or email.
May 2018. Dell
Just had an excited phone call from 2 grown men telling me all about the
blacksmiths course they have been on all day with Annabelle. They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I was told 'lt
was my best birthday present ever' - I have yet to see what they have made but the joy in their voices has been worth
it. Thank you for your expert guidance with them both and your help and thoughtfulness when I booked the experience, suggesting
and sending a gift card.
What did they forge: two decorative hooks, a ram's head bottle opener and
a fire poker with reverse twist
April 2018. Mel
Comments: An excellent, informative
and thoroughly enjoyable day. Bit miffed to find that Annabelle could out hammer me.
What did you forge?: Hanging
bracket, S hook and a pair of blacksmiths tongs.
January 2018. Joe
Recently been on
a one to one course with Annabelle learning the basics of blacksmithing, wasn't expecting to get such a substantial amount
done! One of the best days I've had & left with some beautiful bits we made. Annabelle filled me with brews all day
& we had a proper laugh all the way through. I'd definitely recommend to anyone who wants to try blacksmithing or
just wanting to have a go at a new, fun experience.
April 2017. Steve
Comments: We had a fantastic day with Annabelle at Malham Smithy.
Annabelle is incredibly talented and was able to pass on sufficient knowledge and skill during the day that we both came away
with two pieces that we can be proud of. Having never done any blacksmithing before our expectations were far exceeded in
terms of our individual work. If you are thinking of having a go then take the plunge, we both had a very enjoyable day and
a fantastic experience and will be returning to have another go!
What did you forge?: A coat hook and a poker
I loved this.
I have no gift for art whatsoever but that didn't put Annabelle off. She calmly explained what things I could damage (mainly
myself) and what things I shouldn't touch ("if you drop the piece you're working on, fight the instinct to grab
it, it will hurt") and spent the next few hours showing me how to make a curly hook and a bottle-opener with a slightly
wrong looking ram's head on top - the wrongness was all my doing as Annabelle's looked great. She makes a great brew
and advised that The Buck is welcoming of people in their work clothes, as well as being about twelve paces across the road
and serving Theakstones. Everyone I've told that I was doing/did this course has been/is jealous. Also quite amusing to
watch the punters come in look at me (I'm quite a big bloke) and then twig that the slim blonde next to me is actually
the one who knows what she's doing at the anvil and I'm the interloper. Great fun and hugely instructive.
I had a Great time with Lady Annabelle ...lol, even though I showed up in shorts and t-shirt
I was lucky not to get any metal flakes on me. By midday she had me make a bended curly hook, and Leaf keyring that turned
out to be more a leaf paper weight...lol.
Her forge is small and cozy and just opposite a pub and cafe. there is an easy
atmosphere when working with her and you also get the occasional walk in, looking at her work for sale and watching you work
on your masterpiece..haha which for me made it even more fun.
after lunch I tried making a garden decoration.... which
had me cursing and laughing...
Annabelle was patient and only stepped in when I found myself lost or unsure of my next
step, otherwise she left me to my great struggle and creative curse words (which was spoken using my inside voice)..
would greatly recommend this course and in fact I plan to go again in the future.
James Henderson - June 2015
We agree with everyone that Annabelle is an excellent,
experienced and patient teacher, as well as an extremely skilled and creative blacksmith. It was a wonderful course and an
extraordinary, slightly surreal / magical interlude in our ordinary lives. However, we do have our four solid handcrafted
products (good enough to give away as presents) - and the knowledge of how we produced them - to show for it ! We are also
aching slightly from our exertions on yesterday's courses: it does mean standing up continually for two 3-3.5 hour sessions,
focusing on what your hammer and hot metal is doing ! Thanks again, Annabelle, for such an inspirational and memorable experience.
Jeremy & Sylvia - June 2015
We had a great day in Malham at the Smithy, Chris's
favourite birthday gift so far! Annabelle is an excellent teacher, very patient & encouraging. And you start creating
a project right away! Definitely recommend to anyone wanting to try something different. Thanks Annabelle!
amy & chris
- April 2015
My partner and I had a fantastic day in Malham with Annabelle,
it was great to have one-on-one tuition and we were really pleased with the amount we learnt during the day and the items
we took home. Malham is a beautiful little village and the pub we ate at was excellent. I would fully recommend this course,
especially as a gift.
Carmen Mason - November 2014A day to remember
and great value for money. Annabelle was an excellent tutor, being patient, motivating and inspiring me to turn my ideas into
reality by taking me through all the basic blacksmith skills. I would fully recommend this course for anyone keen to use their
hands to craft something genuinely unique in this character-filled smithy.
Philip Ray - November 2014
Brilliant course- excellent value for money! I completed a day course in October and thoroughly enjoyed
it. I made a few small projects which I am very pleased with & hope to build upon if I can. Hope to come back to the forge
in the new year if possible and see how much I can remember. Annabelle is extremely friendly and patient - an excellent tutor!
There are a couple of really nice pubs nearby and also a good cafe for lunch/dinner. B&B's are next door and also
a reasonably priced youth hostel if you need accommodation!
Craig - October 2014Fantastic
course both I and my 16 year old son had a great time. In the morning we began by learning a number of basic blacksmithing
techniques which we used to make an ornate wall hook. Annabelle was an excellent tutor taking us through each step with patience
and enthusiasm. After a substantial lunch at the local pub we progressed to making in my case a rat tail toasting fork and
in my son's case a rams head hook. A great experience.
Stuart Hoare - September 2014
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