Forge your own Axe Head

This one day course is one of our most difficult packages and a very hands-on experience not for the faint-hearted

Our expert team of blacksmiths will guide you through each process in the design and forging, so find out how tremendously satisfying it is to plunge a lump of stock steel into the flames and let the sparks fly under your hammer as you craft your very own unique axe.

£232.00

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Up to two people making one axe head during a full-day session
Full Day
couples / groups / solo /
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What you’ll do

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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.

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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.


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Forging the Axe Head

You will start the forging process by drifting and shaping the eye of the axe head, you will then forge the cheeks with processes such as cross peening and fullering to move and manipulate the material to its intended location.

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Shaping the Axe Head

You will then begin work on the business end of the axe, a decorative axe is made out of mild steel and you will only shape the face of the axe, if you are making a functional axe you will begin to shape the face of the axe then forge wield the high carbon edge, this is to give you a harder blade that is better able to maintain sharpness when being used.

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Finishing

When the axe head is shaped it is out to the grinding bay to use tools to shape and grind a bevel into the axe head using tools such as an angle grinder, if required you will harden the axe with oil quenching. If time allows our team will discuss handle options available for purchase and either assist with fitting your handle or support in how to do this yourself at home.

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Handling

The last step is handling your axe at home, use a number of woodworking tools to shape the handle and fit your axe. This will ensure it’s smooth and comfortable to use, or simply looking beautiful to display!

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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 up to two people making one axe head during a full-day session. That’s right, add an extra person for free to join you!

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 full-day session making one axe.

Reviews

We had a fantastic day out at Oldfield Forge

We managed to forge our own axe head, shape and sharpen it and fit it to a handle under expert guidance. We really enjoyed the day and now have a […]

We managed to forge our own axe head, shape and sharpen it and fit it to a handle under expert guidance. We really enjoyed the day and now have a functional and unique tool with a nice story attached to it to use for years to come. Thanks very much, Oldfield Forge!

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If I could give more stars I would! Absolutely brilliant day!

The experience at Oldfield Forge was fantastic! The first thing I did was designed the axe I would be forging, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and helped me choose an […]

The experience at Oldfield Forge was fantastic! The first thing I did was designed the axe I would be forging, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and helped me choose an axe design and gave me complete creative license. Aaron one of the blacksmiths was always available for advice and the technical aspects. It was an incredible day, and one I will be doing again, I want a new kitchen knife! I believe everyone will love the experience of creating their own axe.

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YOU NEED TO VISIT HERE TO HAVE REALLY LIVED!

A day of axe making was my experience, and I have never felt so happy and alive. Fire, steel, hammers, and great big belly laughs were the course of the […]

A day of axe making was my experience, and I have never felt so happy and alive. Fire, steel, hammers, and great big belly laughs were the course of the day. I can’t wait to go back and make my life even better.

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Absolutely amazing experience!!! My partner chose to make an axe ….. relaxed, friendly environment. All staff were welcoming and helpful from beginning to end! We will be back, thank you […]

Absolutely amazing experience!!! My partner chose to make an axe ….. relaxed, friendly environment. All staff were welcoming and helpful from beginning to end! We will be back, thank you for a day we’ll never forget!

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Aaron “Tiny Aaron “

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.

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.

Will “”

Will has worked as a Blacksmith for many years and enjoys both teaching our workshops as well as forging beautiful pieces for our showroom. Will has worked as a Blacksmith for many years and enjoys both teaching our workshops as well as forging beautiful pieces for our showroom.

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.