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 sausage sizzler 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 sausage sizzler a test drive 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 sausage sizzler 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 sausage sizzler.
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!
Great staff, very patient and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this fantastic day. I made a toasting folk, and loved it!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Josh first discovered blacksmithing when he was on a trip to Dover Castle and saw a smith making arrowheads and fell in love with the craft. He did his initial […] Josh first discovered blacksmithing when he was on a trip to Dover Castle and saw a smith making arrowheads and fell in love with the craft. He did his initial training at Canterbury College and then his BA(HONS) in artist blacksmithing in Hereford. Josh comes from Deal in Kent and moved to Hereford and began teaching the craft at Oldfield Forge in the summer of 2022. His interests include Dungeons and Dragons and archery.