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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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Blacksmith Axe Making


An opportunity for just two people , either together or booked individually.

You will learn the basics of metalwork, and have a tour of projects in progress at the workshop.

This day is quite physical, some prior blacksmith experience helps but is not essential.

As this course is aimed exclusively at just two people, you will have plenty of time for one-to–one tuition.

By the end of the day you will have your own hatchet sized axe head to take home with you. The course will cover punching and drifting, fire welding, heat treating as well as sharpening, maintaining and safely using your newly forged axe head.

The Blacksmithing Experience day is quite hard work, 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

£185.00 per person including all materials used

Next course dates

  • Saturday20th April 2019 one space

Further dates will be released in 2019



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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