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Old manor farm, sandpit lane, long clawson, melton mowbray, leicestershire, le14 4nx
Tilford Rural Life Centre, reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2DL, United Kingdom
Rockwell End House Farm Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6NF, United Kingdom

My work centers on the making of commissioned work for individuals, when creating my projects I focus on the processes of hot forging steel and iron, taking inspiration from the natural world and then translating it into the language of Iron. Surface textures and details bring the forms to life as you pass through a gate or otherwise engage with a piece of sculpture through vision or touch.

Whilst my making philosophy is rooted in the use of traditional forging methods and processes I prefer to create from a contemporary viewpoint that is very much of today. I feel this enables my work to communicate the qualities of the craft that give so much freedom for creative expression and brings such life and energy to the work. These traditional methods and processes are very evident in the medieval ironwork that often inspires me, while the flowing forms and beautiful lines of Art Nouveau and the beauty of nature fire my imagination for new contemporary forms.

High quality workmanship with a passion for detail gives the work energy and integrity. Patience is a necessary quality for both the maker and the client alike; time-consuming design and creative processes are always at work, from the first sketch through to the last hammer blow. Each piece is unique; the soul-deadening mass manufacturing processes that charactorises consumerism is cast aside for the creation of the unique and uplifting.

1 Newby Street, Ripon, United Kingdom

A company dedicated to heritage craft courses such as handmade walking sticks, bushcraft and the associated skills such as knifemaking & English longbow.
Bespoke courses in traditional crafts such as stickmaking, knifemaking and English longbow making as well as learning to live in nature by getting to know basic bushcraft techniques. Also get up close and personal with a bird of prey experience.
o promote ancient and modern skills in a lively, informative and enjoyable way in order to keep these traditional and ancient techniques alive. An experience which the whole family can take part in and teach invaluable skills which could one day prove useful.

Fransham Forge, Great Fransham, United Kingdom

Nigel is an artist blacksmith working at Fransham Forge in Norfolk England.

Nigel’s enthusiasm and dedication to his craft is shown in the vast range of high quality metalwork which is undertaken at the forge. Nigel creates decorative and functional hand forged metalwork , including sculptures, architectural metalwork, ornate iron gates and traditional ironwork for historic buildings. Nigel and his team work regularly with English Heritage and the National Trust.

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199 Henderson Road, Southsea, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Lucille Scott is an artist blacksmith who uses modern and traditional techniques to make hand forged metal items inspired by nature and her love of dance and music. For Lucille the appeal of working with steel lies in the traditional role of blacksmiths, the permanence of their work and passing on this tradition to all around her.
With 25 years experience of teaching practical subjects Lucille opens her forge on a regular basis to students and those who just want a days experience as well as running short courses in local schools.
Lucille’s work is mainly aimed at at the domestic market, she exhibits in local galleries as well as working to commission.
Photographs kindly supplied by Retina Photography.

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Adam Varley….Born London 1969. Served a blacksmithing apprenticeship and then as a journey man working throughout the UK with many notable artist blacksmiths. Adam founded Ferro Design with designer Beau McClellan in 1994 forging many sculptural and architectural works in Portugal including large artistic installations. He also has had experience with production, working on events and film sets, also lighting, pyrotechnics and computer design. Most recently he has settled in La Creuse, France to set up his own workshop.

Loomer Road, Newcastle, Staffordshire ST5 6BN, UK

I demonstrate at weekends at Apedale Heritage center, and offer teaching, training and bespoke item creation.

Withyham, United Kingdom

Firebird Forge is both a working blacksmiths forge and a school of traditional blacksmithing. Mort the blacksmith has been hand forging for 15 years and has been teaching the public for the last eight years.

5 B1257, Malton YO17, UK

Piers Edsall is an artisan blacksmith.
specialising in sculptural and architectural work for a number of clients in the UK and EU and runs private classes from the facility all year round.

Heavily influenced by the natural world, Piers’ forms incorporate traditional and modern techniques often encapsulating a natural element within his designs.

Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bath
Ironart Workshops, Upper Lambridge Street, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RY, United Kingdom

Ironart of Bath is an architectural metalworking and restoration business based in Bath, UK. For details about our architectural metalworking and heritage ironwork restoration services please visit our primary listing here on the BABA website.

We also offer one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses here in our Larkhall workshops. These days are aimed at the complete beginner and are tutored by two of Ironart’s most experienced smiths: Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.

These one-day workshops are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, hot bacon sandwiches and a steady flow of tea and coffee to keep you going.

The one-day workshops run from 8am – 2pm and the cost is £95.00 per person.

Email or call us on 01225 311 273 to book your place. Please note that these are on a first-come, first served basis and payment is required in full to secure your place. (p.s. We can make suggestions for accommodation locally if needed.) Please note that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Feedback from previous one-day forging workshops ….

“The things to make were interesting, and the different techniques fun to learn. The level and pace of the training was excellent, and it was great that we could each proceed at our own speed.”
“I had a fantastic time, and achieved so much more than I expected to. I really want to do another course with you guys: that heart shaped hook is next on my list!”
“Just to say I really enjoyed it. Our teacher was really patient and hit the right level of help/letting us get on with it. The day made me appreciate the skill involved. Would recommend the course.”
“Well organised, good fun and good bacon butties!”
“Andy and I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Ironart. Martin provided great instruction and within no time at all we had made several test pieces with scrolls and twists.”

  • Terms and Conditions of booking:
    Amendments to bookings may be made up to 14 days prior to the date of the class. If you find you are unable to attend a class less than 14 days before the date of your workshop we regret that the course fees will only be refunded if we are able to fill your place. These rules apply equally to gift voucher bookings.
    If through unavoidable circumstances Ironart Ltd has to cancel a workshop, all course fees will be refunded in full or if you wish, transferred to another course. We regret that we cannot refund any other costs you may have incurred in advance, such as travel and accommodation.
    Ironart Ltd cannot accept liability for any loss, injury or damage to course participants or their property. Copies of Ironart Ltd Public Liability Insurance certificate are available on request.
    Whilst the dates & prices for the courses are correct at the time of going to press, Ironart Ltd reserves the right to make alterations to dates, times, course content & prices.
estamariu 8, 17500 Ripoll - GIRONA SPAIN

Fantastic Factory Studio is sited in Ripoll, SPAIN. We also offer our products online and accept custom requests.
Our local classes (8 pax) are offered weekly in our workshop, we are just 1 hour away from Barcelona so we encourage you to join anytime to enjoy a plentiful experience if you plan a visit to Barcelona. It’s a one-day thing, no experience requested. You will forge a beautiful piece of art, medieval weaponry or Bushcraft.
Our tourist packs are offered in groups of 4-8 people, we teach you some basics on blacksmithing and you will be guided to forge a Knife or an Axe in 10 hours. You can take a look at our website and contact directly to me by email or phone or Whatsapp +34678730334 Henry

Paddy & Graham have between them 30 years’ experience of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. We run courses in sword making, blacksmith tools, hammers, welding and fabrication. On the sword and hammer making courses the student has the use of 2 air hammers, 2 hydraulic presses and a flypress. All modern tools are also used to make the courses easier for students such as grinders. find us on,

The Forge , Spence Combe farm , Crediton ,Devon Ex175BT

Paul Gilbert F.W.C.B Master Blacksmith

WR6 5TA, United Kingdom

Hot forging is at the core of what I do at Bringsty. I will design and make items to commission, for galleries, exhibitions and demonstrations. I will also repair and restore existing and historical ironwork, and make items to a client’s specification. The process of producing bespoke ironwork to suit the site and client is what I enjoy. Taking a client’s vision for an empty space, and realising their vision by guiding them through the possibilities and practicalities that hot forging, traditional and contemporary techniques can bring to items of originality and longevity.

Fieldhead forge,Fieldhead farm,150 Latham Lane, gomersal BD19 4AR

Based on the outskirts of Bradford,Ian is the fourth generation of blacksmiths and engineers born in Halifax,from the Baxter family.
Iam a dedicated craftsman who has a great deal of pride in my work and have accumalated a wealth of knowledge and information on both historical and up to date methods of blacksmithing and heritage engineering.

Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire,SY11 4JH

The British Ironwork Centre is the country’s leading visitor destination for the finest handcrafted and decorative metalwork and so much more!
Set in 90 acres of beautiful, Shropshire countryside, the Centre truly has something for everyone:-
– huge, new showroom and outdoor show areas featuring an endless choice of structural and functional pieces for outdoor or indoor settings and perfect gifts for all of the family
– Shropshire Sculpture Park, boasting a wide variety of life-sized animal sculptures
– Ironbridge Museum of Steel Sculpture, including works of national importance from renowned sculptor, Roy Kitchen, and many more
– A range of interactive workshop days and experiences, enabling our visitors to meet or spend a day at work with our blacksmiths, silversmiths and sculptors and see traditional skills being kept alive
– The Forge Falconry – exhibitions and opportunities to spend time with our experienced falconers

Visit the Centre for the warmest of welcomes, a complimentary beverage and an unforgettable experience!

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