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Blacksmithing taster day in the Cotswolds


For centuries the blacksmith was regarded as the most important man in the rural community. Here in the Cotswolds, it would have been the blacksmith who made and serviced the vast range of iron implements, tools and utensils used on the farm, in the workshop and in the home. In the days before the tractor, when farmers relied upon the horse, the blacksmith also spent much of his time engaged in shoeing and other farrier tasks, particularly on large estates.

Today blacksmiths create both ornamental and functional objects by applying traditional and modern specialist techniques to form, shape and join metals such as steel, iron, brass, copper and bronze.

Activity Description

During the taster day you and your colleagues will learn about the blacksmithing processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then your group will be able to have a go yourselves. By the end of the day you will have created your very own functional or decorative metal object such as a fire poker, coat hook or other design of your choice.


David Joy is an expert blacksmith with many years experience in traditional and modern blacksmithing techniques. David runs his own blacksmithing business from the family forge, providing bespoke ornamental products for a wide variety of clients.

Activity details

Locations available: Witney, other locations on request (We could even come to you!!)

Group size: 4 -6

Dates available: All year round

Prices:  1 day activity = £120 per person (a minimum of 4 people are required for this activity)

All tools and equipment necessary for the event will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the activity.

Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the site of the activity.

For all activities we can provide a variety of catering options to suit to your needs and that of your team.
Contact us
For further information please contact our Rural Skills and Grants Officer Ed Bonn on 01451 862032 or email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk