Autumn at the Forge: Blacksmithing Workshop
Facilitator: Arian Leljak
During the Blacksmithing day, you 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. Learn these methods to enable you to make a variety of useful items to take home and use for years to come.
Event time: Sat 23rd Oct 2021 at 9:30am - Sat 23rd Oct 2021 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- Hands-on experience of forging hot iron at the blacksmithing day
- The choice of items to make, welcome to bring own designs/ideas
- Learn how to make and maintain forge fire, heat the steel correctly, and apply correct techniques to produce well-made items
- Plenty of tutor attention working in a small group of up to 4 participants
- Suitable for adults only
- An understanding of the craft process of blacksmithing
- A range of projects completed based on individual interests
- Practical techniques of shaping hot iron
- Information on how you can build your own forge simply and cheaply
Designed for complete novices, this blacksmithing day needs no previous experience. Situated in an open, stone-roofed workshop setting, the forge is set up with the most tangible and accessible technology. You will be fully engaged and in charge of the learning process. You’ll be instructed and supported to learn the essential techniques necessary to complete your projects on the day, as well as apply the skills learned elsewhere. You will gain an understanding of the iron as a material, as well as age-old processes of working it with skill and appreciation.
All projects are individual and completely hand-made, guaranteeing your sense of ownership and personal satisfaction with the fruits of your efforts.
If you’ve never seen any blacksmithing before, check out this video! Disclaimer, this has no affiliation to Hawkwood, it’s not filmed at Hawkwood, nor is it Arian’s work. We hope to get some footage from Arian Leljak in due course, but I hope you enjoy this in the meantime to give you an idea of blacksmithing.
Please make sure you read the Health and Safety Advice for Participants prior to your booking
PPE will be provided but please wear sturdy shoes/boots (no sandals) and old clothes (no fleeces or man-made fibres). All tools, equipment and materials supplied.
This course is suitable for adults only.
Registration and Arrival 9.00am-9.30am; course begins 9.30am. Course ends 4.00pm
Please bring your own picnic lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Tea and coffee will be provided.
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.
Many techniques covered with good 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
"Very satisfying to learn a number of techniques and produce something by the end. Arian was engaging and knowledgeable. Really enjoyable."
"We had a wonderful day on this course and would highly recommend it, not only because we each managed to make two high-quality articles from a position of knowing absolutely nothing, but also because of the life skills element. I'll never forget what Arian said about multi-tasking; the workshop was therefore also a lesson in directing the attention and excluding the extraneous, almost meditative. I've seen since then how much energy is wasted through lack of focus - putting things down and forgetting them, getting distracted and having to re-trace old ground, getting hung-up worrying about problems - and am trying to be more aware in general. Arian is not only a skilled craftsman but also a gifted teacher."