'Artist Blacksmith for a Day' with Adrian Woods - making Rams Head Pokers.
Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...
Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers
Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.
The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!
A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.
9.45am – 5pm
£115 inc materials plus a tasty 2 course Aga lunch & home baking.
Sunday 11th July 2021 ~ Sunday 14th November 2021 These dates are reschedules from COVID cancelled 2020 dates and accordingly will have very limited new spaces.
Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes (preferably leather as plastic trainers can melt) , strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish. Layers are advised as this is obviously hot work working in front of the furnaces. Adrian supplies safety glasses. As an alternative to prevent blisters, and especially if you’ve soft hands, stretchy physio bandaging tape is really useful. Suitable for Beginners Typically for 8 people.
About the tutor: Adrian Wood is a university graduate with a degree in fine art sculpture from The University of London. Adrian completed his training at a blacksmiths forge in York, after which he worked for Brian Russell, widely regarded as one of the finest blacksmiths in the UK. Brian's approach to creating bespoke and uniquely designed metalwork has an enormous effect on the sculptures and designs created by Adrian Wood Artist Blacksmiths.
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