Couples Half-Day of Blacksmithing

This one-of-a-kind blacksmith experience is the perfect day out for couples. You'll learn a traditional craft and make a beautiful bespoke piece of ironwork to take home and cherish forever

We tailor the couples experience day to suit each and every one of our guests. Our friendly team will support you through your time as a blacksmith, promising to add charm and laughter in a very relaxed environment.

£158.00

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Two people making one unique item of your choice during a three-hour session
3 Hours
couples /
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What you’ll do

1

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.

2

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.

3

Selecting what to forge

Forging isn’t as easy as it may look! Our expert team will work with you and your partner to help you decide what to make during the session, by showing you examples of what can be achieved in the time. You’ll be given the flexibility to stamp your own design on your piece, making it totally unique to you both! You can see the list of possible options on our ‘before your visit’ guide!

4

Learn a range of techniques together

Forging a taper with a good old-fashioned hammer and anvil.

Drawing out metal to a point, often used in handles, pokers, candle sticks and the Viking knife.

Rounding, taking square steel and forging the corners in.

Scrolling, which is a beautiful example of how fine and delicate blacksmithing can be. Rolling the end of a piece of steel, that is usually tapered for a decorative finish. This technique is versatile and is employed on a wide range of items such as the snail, hanging basket bracket and Viking knife!

Twisting, another decorative technique to give your work flair. This involves heating the steel and twisting it around.

Texturing, which is used to refine your work and make it really stand out. You will use texturing tools to planish the surface of your work to make it truly unique. This is often used on the candle sticks and boot scraper.


5

Photo Time

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.

AVAILABILITY

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 two people making one unique item of your choice during a three-hour 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 recipients to a three-hour session making one unique item of their choice.

Reviews

Great day on our couples experience day!

I made a rose and my husband made a dragonfly. We were under the watchful eye and guidance of Luke who was great, as were the rest of the team! […]

I made a rose and my husband made a dragonfly. We were under the watchful eye and guidance of Luke who was great, as were the rest of the team! Brilliant experience, hard work but so worth it! We are really pleased with our handiwork and had such fun making them! Highly recommend

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A really fun day and learned some new skills

Just got back from a fantastic day making wedding rings. Great location and facilities and superb knowledgeable staff…… loved it.

Just got back from a fantastic day making wedding rings. Great location and facilities and superb knowledgeable staff…… loved it.

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Wow what a fantastic day we had today.

We did a couples 3-hour experience day and loved every second. Ben lead the session to start and was hilarious, and really helpful as was the rest of the team. […]

We did a couples 3-hour experience day and loved every second. Ben lead the session to start and was hilarious, and really helpful as was the rest of the team. We loved our herb and small knives. We will be back. Thank you guys

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Such a different and great day out

Great day out at the Forge. This was a postponed birthday gift for my partner who absolutely loved it. The guys Joe, Alec, and Gordon were so friendly and helpful, […]

Great day out at the Forge. This was a postponed birthday gift for my partner who absolutely loved it. The guys Joe, Alec, and Gordon were so friendly and helpful, and special thanks to Will and all his help with the scroll knives we made. Would thoroughly recommend it as a really different experience!

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Ethan “”

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.

Joe “”

Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion […] Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion has always been history. Joe wanted to take the love of making things and his passion for history and smack them together… literally!

Ben “Big Ben “

Ben has been at Oldfield for many years. He was one of the first teachers and has seen the number of students increase greatly! Ben has been blacksmithing for over […] Ben has been at Oldfield for many years. He was one of the first teachers and has seen the number of students increase greatly! Ben has been blacksmithing for over 12 years and has an active role as our social media manager. Some of his hobbies include Norman era reenactment in which he became a world-famous (now dead) meme.

Ianto “Ianto Tanto “

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.