Oldfield Forge is a traditional family-run blacksmithing business set in the very heart of rural Herefordshire. It was founded by the two of us, husband and wife team, Aaron and Nicky Heath. Aaron is the head blacksmith whilst Nicky is the business manager. We have built a strong and highly respected team of specialist blacksmiths with dual expertise – both producing the finest ironmongery with outstanding design and craftsmanship and also sharing their passion with visitors on our unique and hands-on Experience Days.
We are dedicated to preserving the ancient traditions of the craft but with an eye to creating contemporary as well as traditional pieces. From chandeliers to wrought iron gates and more than occasionally creative pieces which are works of art in their own right. A selection of our practical and artistic ironwork is displayed in our showroom in Herefordshire, and we welcome visitors to view the collection.
Our Experience Day packages are enjoyed by guests from all over the world who get the chance to experience life as blacksmith. From solo, couple or group activities, we have it all covered with a huge range of experience day packages for you to choose from.
Possessed of a natural aptitude for this type of work Aaron has dedicated his adult life to the art of the traditional blacksmith, continually pushing and establishing new boundaries in metalwork. However, as well as creating the more contemporary pieces he also has a deep interest in the conservation of heritage ironmongery and his knowledge and experience in this field has enabled him to work alongside some of the country’s leading architects, designers, specialist contractors and conservation experts on projects for organisations such as National Trust, English Heritage and Cadw. These have involved many historic, ecclesiastic and other similarly prestigious properties.
Nicky is the business organiser and developer, as well as being a mum to four young children. She has responsibility for sales, purchasing, bookings, marketing and setting the weekly staff work schedules as well as dealing with the multitude of other vital day to day duties essential to the running of a successful company. She has a real flair for interior design and takes a leading role in creating and developing new product ranges.
Nicky was also the driving force behind the setting up of Oldfield Forge Academy which, along with the Forge itself, has gone from strength to strength under her guidance and supervision