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Evening Classes

Evening classes are held at 7-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings and run for 5 consecutive weeks. The health and safety talk is followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. This is followed by a demonstration of basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm. At the same time Pete will be demonstrating process and process design to create the first artefact you will make.

Each week further skills will be added and each week you should have created another piece.

On the fifth week your only parameters will be your skills portfolio and your imagination. Using your new skills you will be encouraged to design a small artefact that reflects your entire skill base. If you don’t feel ready to break out, Pete will demonstrate an alternative piece for you to try, or you can remake any of the artefacts you have already been shown.

Throughout your course you will receive close guidance and encouragement from Pete in everything you do so as to make the best of your time at the anvil. You will be encouraged to think like a blacksmith and how to train your eye to see what the smith must see to succeed.

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Programme for 3 Day Courses

The course will start with a short health and safety talk, followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process and process design, to create the first artefact you will make.

As the course progresses new skills will be added via narrated demonstration and you will have the opportunity to make another artefact. As you increase your skills portfolio, your ability to design a process for the creation of your own artefact will also be expanding. This learn/make process will continue up until lunch on the third day.

On the afternoon of day three you get the chance to “do your own thing”. Your only parameters will be your skills portfolio and your imagination. Using your new skills you will be encouraged to design a small artefact that reflects your entire skill base. If you don’t feel ready to break out, Pete will demonstrate an alternative piece for you to try, or you can remake any of the artefacts you have already been shown.

Throughout your course you will receive close guidance from Pete in everything you do, therefore making the best use of your time at the anvil. You will be encouraged to think like a Blacksmith and how to train your eye to see what the Smith must see to succeed. You will receive no end of encouragement from Pete when it goes wrong, backed up by one to one micro demos of the component not working for you.

The pace of teaching is entirely flexible to fit your requirements so there is no pressure, after all, this is supposed to be fun too, not a three day trial by fire. One thing is for certain, you will have surprised yourself by making things, you never thought you could. If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Try it and see, you won’t be disappointed. Pete