Forge Your Own Axe head
This is a one day course which we have recently introduced to our catalogue. Our expert team of blacksmiths will guide and support you through each process in the design and forging of your own unique axe head. The day runs for approximately seven hours and so is not for the faint hearted!
Set in beautiful rural countryside our forge is located at Garway Hill in South Herefordshire. We run axe-making courses all year round in small groups or party groups.
Why not learn the fundamental skills and techniques of axe-making under the expert tuition of our team. You will get the chance to design and forge your very own hand axe! Find out how tremendously satisfying it is to plunge a lump of stock steel into the flames and then let the sparks fly under your hammer as you craft your very unique axe. We will guide you through the different stages involved in making a beautiful and functional, keen-edged tool that you will take away with you at the end of the course.
The day provides a very “hands-on” experience and you will get to forge, harden, temper and sharpen your axe. We will also help you to fit your own handle if time allows.
Examples of the type of axe head that you can make during your time us include: hatchet, Dane, bearded, re-enactment, adze etc., available in either one or two-handed versions. If you have a specific design of head in mind please get in touch and we can let you know whether it can be achieved within the time frame that you are with us.
You will be given an initial health and safety briefing and also an introduction to the tools and equipment available in our workshop. We then take you through some basic blacksmithing techniques before teaching you how to forge a blade head – which, when finished, would be suitable to be either used (with great care) or displayed (with considerable pride).
With one of our experienced team of experts overseeing your work, you will be carefully guided through the processes of hand forging and polishing your axe.
This is a fantastic seven hours of fun and learning, taught in a relaxed and friendly environment, where you will be made to sweat but will leave at the end of the day with an axe head that you will be proud of and take great pleasure in - along with a special story to be told.
We run Monday - Saturday all year round, apart from public bank holidays. Please note that Saturdays do get booked up well in advance. All vouchers are valid for a full twelve months from the date of purchase, giving you plenty of time to get in touch and book a date with us.
During your time with us you can enjoy lunch either in the open air in our picnic area or, if you prefer, take advantage of our Scandinavian lodge or Shepherds hut. We do welcome family and friends to join you for lunch and to share in your experience as a blacksmith. We also work with a number of pubs, B&B’s and hotels in our locality who we know will look after you during your time with us.
How to purchase vouchers - Please contact our office on 01981 580016 or visit our online shop
Monday - Saturday.
Saturdays needing to be booked well in advanced.
From £ per person