During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful and long lasting items for day-to-day use.
Employing centuries-old technology and techniques you will be introduced to basic processes of tapering, bending, twisting, cutting, hole-punching and flattening hot steel. Learning these methods will enable participants to make a variety of useful items to take home and use for years to come.
This craft requires both power and focus and also, more importantly, rhythm and finesse. You will learn how to work efficiently and safely and have creative options regarding your projects in order to produce unique items reflecting your design ideas and interests.
You will need sturdy outdoor work clothes (avoid polyester fleeces, synthetic shoes/trainers, rain jackets). Leather boots and cotton/wool clothing is best. All other safety gear will be provided.
Registration and Arrival 9.00am-9.30am; course begins 9.30am. Course ends 4.00pm
Course fee includes coffee on arrival, morning break, delicious two-course lunch, afternoon tea. All tools, equipment and materials supplied.
Arian Leljak is an experiential educator, blacksmith and a knife-maker with over 20-year experience in facilitating craft workshops in different contexts. He is a trained teacher and has worked with adults and children in public and school settings, craft camps, and has contributed to professional trainings and conferences on experiential education in UK, Sweden and USA. He has trained with famous Swedish Axe makers at Gransfors Bruks, and is inspired by the indigenous Scandinavian Sami craft and knife-making.
Very satisfying to learn a number of techniques and produce something by the end. Arian was engaging and knowledgeable. Really enjoyable.
Many techniques covered in detail. The tutor was very knowledgeable and friendly. The course was really informative and enjoyable. Mark Parry
Very well rounded. Arian was friendly, encouraging as well as knowledgeable. Excellent course, really enjoyable. Tranquil environment. Rhoda Lock