Blacksmith Courses

Old Pound Smithy

We can accommodate groups of 6 people on each of our blacksmith courses.  The teaching space has been set up with 6 anvils and 6 fires, leg vices and all the necessary hand tools and hammers.

The fires are fed air from a large set of bellows, lovingly restored to their former 19th Century glory.  You will learn to control your forging fire using these traditional bellows, to produce heat in excess of 2000 degrees centigrade, to heat your steel so that is glows bright yellow, when it is nice and soft and ready to be forged between the anvil and your hammer.

The variety of courses we offer constantly changes through the year.  We have our own in house tutors, Bex Simon and Dave Harris, as well as our guest tutors who run their own specialist courses.

How to make a booking

To make a booking simply select the course you are interested in and in the yellow box, enter how many people are attending. Then click on the availability button to bring up a calendar which will show the next available dates for the number of people attending. Select the date and time slot and complete the booking request.  As soon as we confirm the booking, payment will be taken.

How to buy a voucher

You can buy vouchers for any of our courses or for just a cash voucher.  The course vouchers will not show the value of the purchase which you may prefer if you are giving as a gift.

To buy vouchers, click the ‘Buy Voucher’ tab below (next to ‘Book Tickets’).  This will bring up a new screen with the course vouchers available. You will be able to send a personalised message with your voucher to your choice of recipient.

General Overview of Course Dates

We generally run the Blacksmith Experience Courses on Saturdays with additional mid-week sessions during the holidays, and Knife-making is usually on alternate Sundays during summer. However, we also have additional slots, so its always worth checking the availability calendar for a course you want to do.  If we don’t show availability, then please feel free to contact us to see if we can create a slot.

We also host specialised tw0-day courses from time to time, so do follow our Facebook and Instagram channels for updates.

For individual group bookings of 4 people or more, please contact us if you would like a private session.

Old Pound Smithy