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Blacksmithing - Parent / Carer and Child day **COURSE CANCELLED**

23rd May 2020 | The Old Prison, Northleach
| £198
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
A course for parents / carers and children, learning about the skill of blacksmithing in a friendly, accessible and above all fun way.

Course description: 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.

During this fun and easily paced day, parents / carers and children can learn about some of the basic techniques of blacksmithing while forging an item to take home, whether a simple ornament, plant pot holder or other object that reflects your own interests! The instructor David Joy is definitely open to suggestions, and with a friendly, relaxed approach informed by extensive experience, the day is designed as an enjoyable, informative experience for everyone.

What do you need to know: No prior knowledge or experience is required. This course is ideal for those who have very little knowledge of blacksmithing and want to learn more!

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.

Times: Start: 10.30 am, Finish 17.00 pm (approximately)