What you’ll do
When you arrive
On arrival, you’ll be signed in and introduced to the smith who will talk through the course step-by-step and help you select which design you would like to make. We’ll discuss what you want to achieve for the day before providing you with protective equipment and a safety briefing.
Firing up the forge
The forge will have been lit and heating up before you arrive, so it’s ready to go! You will get an introduction on how to control and maintain the fire of the forge to a forging heat.
The Forging Process
During your tool-making session, you will cover essential forging skills such as tapering, bending and twisting. Our experts with give you guidance and freedom to create something unique for you. Forging isn’t as easy as it looks, but we’ll help to make sure your BBQ tool or toasting fork is fit for the ‘barbie!
All your handwork comes together after approx three hours, after which you’ll have a practical tool for any BBQ or campfire! Give your BBQ tool a test drive with marshmallows or toast around the forge.
It’s great fun working alongside one another and crafting something unique! Once the forging is complete, it’s time to pose for those all-important photos at our wooden stage!
GUIDELINES FOR TAKING PART
Our experience day packages are physically demanding and have the potential for minor injury. Therefore, please seek advice from your doctor or our booking team if you’re unsure.
Be sure to dress accordingly, remembering that in the colder months it can get pretty chilly inside the workshop, despite the fires! Please wear long trousers and suitable footwear.
Make sure you follow the guidance on our website and what’s sent to you ahead of the event. And always listen to the instructions of our expert team on the day.
The Forge is open all year round, seven days a week. Our online booking system will show you the availability in real time. Please be aware that weekends should be booked well in advance!
HOW BOOKING WORKS
Our online booking system is easy to use and allows you to choose a time and date that suits you. Once confirmed, you will receive an email with all the details you need, as well as an important form to complete.
HOW PRICING WORKS
The price of this booking covers one person making one BBQ tool or toasting fork during a half-day session.
We welcome groups of friends to come and take part together – simply adjust the number of people when making your booking.
If you’re buying a voucher, the voucher will entitle the recipient to a half-day session making one BBQ tool or toasting fork.
We had an amazing 3-hour experience today. The welcome from the team was great and instantly you felt at ease being invited into the forge. There’s loads of inspiration at the start so that you can choose what to make, we went with a poker and a fork for our outside fire pit. We were expecting to get bogged down with safety instructions, but whilst safety is paramount at the Forge, Ben instructed us in a way that was fun, interesting and engaging! I was absolutely amazed at what we achieved in such a short time and I’ve already rebooked another session. Keep up the great work and see you guys soon!
I booked myself in for a “Just for Fun” day and “Forging a Knife” the next day. It was purely, simply brilliant. The team was exceptional, all of them: Ben, Theo, Joe, Bobby, Aaron, and last but not least Henry, are clearly passionate about their job. They’re happy to help and answer any questions and are really working as a team. They show you how it works and explains the process. There is a great variety of objects you can choose to make – loved it and will recommend it to any and all.
I was treated to a 3-hour fun forging session, in which I made a little knife, and it was incredible! There was a very nice little selection of things to make, including fire picks or candle holders. Our main instructor for the day was Joe but all the instructors were helpful and approachable. Joe in particular explained what we were doing very nicely and clearly. The whole forge has a kind and fun atmosphere. It definitely won’t be my last visit, can’t wait to visit again to make something bigger
Really interesting and fun. Helpful and friendly tutors who explained everything really well. My husband made a towel rail that will be put to good use as well as my cloak brooch which I absolutely love. Thank you so much!
Aaron started by dabbling in farriery after getting bored at his old desk job and found out that he was pretty good at it. Even years later he doesn’t regret […] Aaron started by dabbling in farriery after getting bored at his old desk job and found out that he was pretty good at it. Even years later he doesn’t regret a thing. His favorite part about the job is being able to express himself artistically and smashing hot steel.
Ethan came to Oldfield Forge on a hammer course and instantly fell in love with the craft. He originally trained in carpentry and is the youngest blacksmith on the team. […] Ethan came to Oldfield Forge on a hammer course and instantly fell in love with the craft. He originally trained in carpentry and is the youngest blacksmith on the team. Ethan enjoys all aspects of the trade and wouldn’t consider going back. His favorite course to teach is the knife-making experience.
Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved […] Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved making art that she can’t break with her own clumsiness.
Ianto has been blacksmithing for 4 years. He first got the idea of being a blacksmith after watching Lord of the Rings. He wished he could learn to shape metal […] Ianto has been blacksmithing for 4 years. He first got the idea of being a blacksmith after watching Lord of the Rings. He wished he could learn to shape metal into different forms and stunning works of art that can be seen throughout the movies. When he finished high school he knew he wanted to go into a profession that could lead him to make movie props. Ianto went to Holme Lacy College and studied traditional blacksmithing, from there he left and found his way to Oldfield Forge. During his time at Oldfield, he has picked up the nickname Ianto Tanto, for the fact he enjoys teaching the Tanto’s and using the traditional Japanese smithing techniques.