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Tools & Kit

Tools and all safety equipment will provided on the day.

Quality Teaching

We fit a lot into one day which is why, as well as H&S considerations, there are only 2 places per course.

The day is spent is the forge on the tools, not in a classroom!

Practice Makes Perfect!



The Grove Arms at Ludwell is a few minutes away on the A30


Shaftsbury town is 10 minutes away and has a good selection of hotels and B&B's




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The Village Blacksmith Experience


An opportunity for just two people

You will learn the basics of metalwork, and have a tour of projects in progress at the workshop. You will practice the techniques of forging metal into traditional forms such as points, curls and twists, and create your own poker, hooks, or similar project to take home.

As this course is aimed exclusively at just two people, you can work together on one project. If you go alone and are matched with someone you will have plenty of time for one-to–one tuition.

The Blacksmithing Experience day is very physical, and you may find suitable refreshment at the excellent pub almost next door!

Ian Thackray trained at Warwickshire College, and obtained his National Certificate in Blacksmithing. He has now been awarded The Certificate of Merit by the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.

Course cost

£160.00 per person including all materials used

Next course dates

  • Saturday 15th February 2020 Full
  • Saturday 29th Feb 2020 Full pending confirmation


Further dates will be released for 2020 , contact us to go on the waiting list. Gift Letters are available


Please contact us to request a place on a course, or register your interest.


The Forge

Berwick St John







DCRS, Willow Barn, Farrington, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8RA

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