Basic Blacksmithing Course
Why not try your hand at forging iron in Wimpole’s own Victorian blacksmith shop? An original estate building built around 1845 by the order of the 4th Earl of Hardwicke aka Captain Blowhard.
It has its original charcoal fire hearth and bellows and is equipped with the basic tools needed to forge iron: anvils, tongs, hammers and hardies. This course is arduous and you will ache the next day. The charcoal is made on the estate using waste timber and wood.
The course includes learning how to:
- Manage the charcoal fire for forging iron with the bellows
- Use blacksmithing tools properly especially the hammer and anvil
- Make a ram’s head hanging hook
- Make a traditional rose head nail for fixing the hook
- And if you are not too tired by then you can make another one!
The cost is £120 per person and is available on the following dates: 22nd April 2017 and 23rd September 2017. Each course is for a maximum of 4 participants only and will run from 10am–4pm. Tea & coffee are provided as well as lunch at the Home farm restaurant. As the Victorian blacksmith forge is very basic, tiolets are a 400m walk to the Home farm.
Please wear suitable clothing and boots and arrive at 9.30am for a prompt 10am start.
The course is always popular so early booking is recommended.
Tel: 0844 249 1895 (7 days a week 9am—5.30pm) or via the box office online