Just for Fun Forging – 5 hours

An exciting chance to learn and practice a number of blacksmithing techniques over 5 hours of fun

This is the perfect induction to blacksmithing for all ages, hand forging something practical or decorative to show off to your friends!

£105.00

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One person making a unique item of their choice during a five-hour session
Full Day
couples / groups / solo /
Child friendly, 7+
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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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Selecting what to forge

Forging isn’t as easy as it may look! Our expert team will work with you 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! You can see the list of possible options on our ‘before your visit’ guide!

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Learn a range of techniques

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.


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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 one person making one unique item of your choosing during a 5-hour session. Working together on a piece is recommended for younger children.

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 5-hour ‘Just for Fun’ session.

Reviews

Fabulous Day

Great tuition by real enthusiasts. Highly recommended.

Great tuition by real enthusiasts. Highly recommended.

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Honestly a day I will never forget

It’s an experience that I will cherish forever. Worth every single penny and the guys that work there are some of the nicest, most helpful most genuine people I have […]

It’s an experience that I will cherish forever. Worth every single penny and the guys that work there are some of the nicest, most helpful most genuine people I have ever met!

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I had the time of my life!

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, […]

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.

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What a great experience!

It was a present for our 60th birthday’s. It was our first time in a forge but with help and guidance, we made a few fabulous articles! As l said […]

It was a present for our 60th birthday’s. It was our first time in a forge but with help and guidance, we made a few fabulous articles! As l said great experience!

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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.

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.

Eve “”

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.

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!