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Blacksmithing- Improvers - JUST 2 PLACES LEFT!

24th October 2016 - 25th October 2016 | Northleach
| £185
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A chance to build on the skills learnt during the taster day and develop some of the more advanced techniques of this age old craft.

As a new blacksmith, a pair of your own tongs will soon become a must have, prized asset. Therefore, why not make your own? They are a tool you cannot do without for long and one which will undoubtedly help your forging abilities. That is the objective of this course. In making your own set of tongs you will learn a range of new techniques as well as having made a useful and practical item which you can take away.

Course description: For centuries the blacksmith was regarded as the most important craftsman 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.


What do you need to know: Trainees must have attended a taster da, either with Cotwolds Rural Skills or another training provider, or have some experience of blacksmithing. 

Instructor: David Joy is an expert blacksmith with many years experience in traditional and modern blacksmithing techniques. You can see more of David's work at www.davidjoyblacksmith.co.uk

What to bring on the day: All materials and equipment provided. You will need to bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch (there is a cafe on site if you prefer to buy lunch).