This Trading Places course introduces the basic skills of Blacksmithing, a trade that used to be found in every village and was at the heart of countryside life for hundreds of years.

You will learn about managing the forge and heating your steel to around 1200 degrees Celsius. Discover the techniques of drawing down and shaping the metal on the anvil – then bending, forming and quenching your work until it is transformed from a length of steel bar into your own unique hook or product of your choice!

The course is limited to just 4 participants so that each person has their own anvil to work on throughout the day. The morning session will allow you to get used to heating and working the metal and by lunchtime you will have forged a rustic style hook.

This day is suitable for everyone;  a lot of blacksmithing is about technique and making sure the steel is heated to the right temperature before working it …. not about using heavy hammers and hitting the metal very hard!

  • We recommend that people take part in this introductory course before attending the intermediate ‘Rose Making’ day

‘Thank you so much, it was a truly wonderful day and something we would like to do more’  Sue H

‘It was over and above my expectations, fantastic time!’  Carole H

‘It was a great course and Nikki was amazing, with dedication and enthusiasm, second to none’ Peter L

Please come dressed in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and that are cotton based – denim jeans are ideal. Sturdy boots also need to be worn during the day – bring your own or we can provide them.

This course starts at 9.30am and finishes at approximately 4pm. The building will be open from 9.15am so please arrive ready to start on time. The Craft Centre is the wooden barn with two chimneys, next to the dry stone walls. It is easily visible from the car park. Free exit car parking tickets will be given out at the end of the course.

To book your place, or find out more please click HERE


Venue Phone: 01933 625522

Venue Website:

Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, NN9 6GY, United Kingdom

  • Trading Places Blacksmithing - introductory course
    11th November 2020
    9:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Trading Places Blacksmithing - introductory course
    12th November 2020
    9:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Trading Places Blacksmithing - introductory course
    13th November 2020
    9:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Trading Places Blacksmithing - introductory course
    14th November 2020
    9:15 am - 5:00 pm