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Ironart’s Blacksmithing Courses are back for 2017!

We are delighted to announce 2017 dates for our ever popular one day blacksmithing courses…and in good time for those of you looking for that extra special Christmas gift experience.

These one-day courses are aimed at complete beginners and are tutored by two of Ironart’s experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith. Open to anyone aged 16+ they make a unique and memorable gift for all sorts of occasions, creating a lasting memory for the recipient – as well as any possible budding blacksmith!

Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. Or alternatively if you have a burning idea for something you’d like to make, just let us know a little in advance and we’ ll do our best to accommodate!

We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, a steady flow of tea and coffee, and mid morning snacks to keep you going.

Ironart one-day blacksmithing courses start at 8am – 2pm and cost £110 per person – they are limited to just four people per session, so tend to sell out quickly. Please check our calendar for availability.

To find out more or to book a place, please visit http://ironart.co.uk/blacksmithing-workshops/

Jason and his workshop students

Jason and his workshop students

Blacksmithing courses at Ironart

Did you know… we offer one day blacksmithing courses for beginners here at Ironart?

These one-day courses are tutored by two of Ironart’s experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.

Our workshops are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, a steady flow of tea and coffee, and hot bacon sandwiches to keep you going! Ironart one-day blacksmithing courses start at 8am – 2pm and cost £95 per person.

Each day is limited to just four people per session. Please check our calendar for availability and phone Jess in the office on 01225 311273 to book in. (Please note terms and conditions apply)

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Blacksmithing courses in Bath Life this month

Bath Life ran a useful editorial feature on local courses this month and featured our one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses alongside other quirky and interesting skills workshops in the local area.

They’ve featured some of our local friends including: Bath Aqua Glass on Walcot Street, fab textiles based workshops at The Makery in the centre of Bath  and Gill Silversides Glasswork courses right here in Larkhall.

Here it is if you missed it.

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Want to try blacksmithing? Book now

Ever wanted to have a go at blacksmithing?

Here at Ironart we offer one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ workshops in Larkhall on the outskirts of beautiful Georgian Bath. These one-day courses are aimed at complete beginners and are tutored by two of Ironart’s experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.

Our workshops are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, a steady flow of tea and coffee, and hot bacon sandwiches to keep you going! Ironart one-day blacksmithing courses start at 8am – 2pm and cost £95 per person.

Each day is limited to just four people per session. We currently have one space left this Saturday 8th August – and availability from the end of September onwards. Please check our calendar for availability and phone Jess in the office on 01225 311273 to book in. (Please note terms and conditions apply)

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Blacksmithing for children at Swainswick Explorers

The Ironart team have joined forces with Swainswick Explorers to offer blacksmithing tuition to groups of children from the ‘Valley Schools’ on the east side of Bath. Our collaboration forms part of the Valley Added initiative. 

We held the first of our children’s blacksmithing sessions up at Swainswick Explorers today. The rain disappeared, the sun came out and we had a fab time!  Swainswick Explorers is the most amazing outdoor play venue overlooking a steep valley on the edge of Bath, it was set up by husband and wife team Edward and Rachel Leigh-Wood. Ironart’s Martin Smith worked side by side with Robert and Carol Smith to give six children the chance to forge their own coat hooks which they then fixed to rustic larch wood panels to take home with them. The smiles said it all.

 

 

More dates for our blacksmithing workshops…

Due to popular demand we’ve posted some new dates for Saturday blacksmithing taster days here at Ironart in the late summer and autumn of 2015. (We have completely sold out of spaces through the Spring and early summer). These one-day workshops are aimed at complete beginners, they are always on Saturday mornings 8am – 2pm here in Larkhall on the edge of Bath and cost £95 per person. They are tutored by our experienced blacksmiths Jason Balchin or Martin Smith who will guide you through the basics of forging and give you the chance to make some bits and pieces to take home with you. Our workshops are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift.  We’ll give you all the protective equipment you’ll need, a steady flow of tea and coffee and soft drinks, and hot bacon sandwiches (veggie option available!) to keep you going.

Blacksmithing workshop dates are:

Saturday 8th August
Saturday 15th August
Saturday 19th September
Saturday 26th September
Saturday 17th October
Saturday 24th October
Saturday 14th November
Saturday 21st November
Saturday 5th December
Saturday 12th December

Contact us on 01225 311273 to book in. We limit each workshop to just four people and they do tend to sell out quickly. To receive alerts about future workshop dates as we publish them, please subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.

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Ironart Forging workshops – Bath

Saturday morning Blacksmithing workshop

Last weekend Martin led a group of four friends from Bradford on Avon through a blacksmithing workshop session.
The dynamic quartet raced through the basics of forging and quickly progressed to making some really interesting and unique pieces, including a candlestick, boot rack, hanging basket bracket and WW1 commemorative ceramic poppy holder. Martin found it a really rewarding session and was flat out keeping each project progressing throughout the morning. And the feedback from the group… ‘We thoroughly enjoyed it!”  Here are some pics of the fruits of their labours.

Blacksmithing workshop feedback

Last Saturday Martin led a workshop of four people through some basic forging techniques. We had this really lovely feedback from Tom O’Driscoll who attended, which we wanted to share. The workshop had been a surprise Christmas present from Tom’s wife. If you are interested in booking onto one of our blacksmithing workshops there is limited availability at the moment due to their popularity – click here for a link to our website. Please sign up to the Ironart newsletter to be the first to hear about more dates as we announce them.

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“I really, really enjoyed the day with Ironart.  It was a hugely enjoyable and informative experience.  With just 4 of us we were able to learn and practice in an intimate and constructive setting and develop some new acquaintances –without being lost in a crowd, as I have been on other activities.  I thought your administrative arrangements, from joining instructions to bacon butties, were spot on and I have already highly recommended the day to friends and family. I particularly enjoyed freestyling it later on in the session, making a few pieces for the home.  I admired the way we were not corralled into making something specific and that Martin was just keen to help us realise our ideas.  Great day all round.  VMT   Tom O’D”

Ironart & Swainswick Explorers join forces for local schools

We are really excited about a new collaboration with Swainswick Explorers just up the road from us here at Ironart.

Swainswick Explorers is the most amazing outdoor play venue overlooking a steep valley on the edge of Bath. Swainswick Explorers was set up by husband and wife team Edward and Rachel Leigh-Wood. Ed, Rachel and their team of leaders are passionate about the importance of outdoor play in the development of children’s emotional and educational wellbeing.

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This collaboration is part of the Valley Added initiative  whos aims are to provide enrichment opportunities for children attending schools in the local area. Ironart and the team at Swainswick Explorers will be working together to provide hands-on have-a-go blacksmithing and woodworking sessions to junior school children from local schools throughout 2015.

None of this would be possible without the support of stalwart volunteers (and good friends of Ironart) Carol and Robert Smith who have set up the lovely forge at Swainswick and were on hand today to demonstrate how it could all work.

Pictured here are Ironart’s Martin Smith, Rachel from Swainswick Explorers with Robert and Carol. More news on this project as it takes shape.

 

 

 

One-day blacksmithing courses

Following the success of our workshops this summer, the Ironart team will be running more one-day ‘Introduction to Blacksmithing’ courses through the Autumn/Winter. These take place in our Larkhall forge on the outskirts of beautiful Georgian Bath. These one-day courses are aimed at the complete beginner and will be tutored by experienced artist blacksmiths Jason Balchin and Martin Smith.  They are open to anyone aged 16+ and make a unique and memorable birthday or Christmas present gift. Choose from a selection of items to make and take home. We’ll supply you with all safety equipment, tools and materials, hot bacon sandwiches and a steady flow of tea and coffee to keep you going. Please share this on Facebook and Twitter or forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested….

Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bat

Blacksmithing workshops at Ironart of Bath

Jason Balchin of Ironart of Bath. Photo credit Clare Green, Western Daily Press

Jason Balchin of Ironart of Bath. Photo credit Clare Green, Western Daily Press

 

The following one-day workshops run from 8am – 2pm and cost £95.00 per person.

Saturday 22nd November 2014

Saturday 6th December 2014

Saturday 17th January 2015

Saturday 31st January 2015

Email ironart@ironart.co.uk or call us on 01225 311 273 to book your place. Please note that these are on a first-come, first served basis and payment is required in full to secure your place. (p.s. We can make suggestions for accommodation locally if needed.)

Please note that space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Feedback from previous one-day forging workshops …. “The things to make were interesting, and the different techniques fun to learn. The level and pace of the training was excellent, and it was great that we could each proceed at our own speed.” “I had a fantastic time, and achieved so much more than I expected to. I really want to do another course with you guys: that heart shaped hook is next on my list!” “Just to say I really enjoyed it. Our teacher was really patient and hit the right level of help/letting us get on with it. The day made me appreciate the skill involved. Would recommend the course.” “Well organised, good fun and good bacon butties!” “Andy and I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Ironart. Martin provided great instruction and within no time at all we had made several test pieces with scrolls and twists.”

 

* Terms and Conditions of booking:

  • Amendments to bookings may be made up to 14 days prior to the date of the class. If you find you are unable to attend a class less than 14 days before the date of your workshop we regret that the course fees will only be refunded if we are able to fill your place. These rules apply equally to gift voucher bookings.
  • If through unavoidable circumstances Ironart Ltd has to cancel a workshop, all course fees will be refunded in full or if you wish, transferred to another course. We regret that we cannot refund any other costs you may have incurred in advance, such as travel and accommodation.
  • Ironart Ltd cannot accept liability for any loss, injury or damage to course participants or their property. Copies of Ironart Ltd Public Liability Insurance certificate are available on request.
  • Whilst the dates & prices for the courses are correct at the time of going to press, Ironart Ltd reserves the right to make alterations to dates, times, course content & prices.