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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 Knife Making

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An opportunity for just two people, either together or two individuals..

You will learn the basics of metalwork, and have a tour of projects in progress at the workshop. You will then concentrate on the Knife Making project. This day is aimed at beginners , although some prior blacksmith experience will help, it is not essential.

By the end of the day, you will have your own knife based on either the Finnish puukko knife or a Viking utilities knife. The course will cover technical elements such as fire welding heat treating as well as sharpening and maintaining your knife.

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

The Blacksmithing Knife Making 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

£185.00 per person including all materials used

Next course dates

  • Saturday 2nd February 2019 Full
  • Saturday 2nd March 2019 Full
  • Saturday 6th April 2019 Full



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

More dates will be issued in 2019.


The Forge

Berwick St John







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

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