New on-line booking system!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch about a gift voucher for a course, or if you have a specific date you wish to reserve please use the calendar below to book. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Reservation

Please select the day from calendar.

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Other days are available – please just ask!

We run courses all the time to suit you – it can be a half day or a full day experience, taken during the week or weekend (Saturday’s only).  The calendar is provided as a guideline for dates, but is not a definitive list of availability – please contact us to discuss your preferred option!

What:

A half day or day-long blacksmithing experience (9.30am – 1pm or 5.00pm) with weekday or weekend options available

Where:

at Standalone Farm Forge run by Jo Fry

When:

all year round (the farm is closed to the general public between October and April)

Who:

Designed for anyone interested in having a go, that might be you or it might be a present for a friend, relative, special occasion, work colleague or as a way of saying thank you.

Course involves…

There is no need for any previous experience; Jo will help you develop your skills further.  Participants can choose items they wish to make (such as toasting forks/poker etc) and the day will cover the relevant techniques required to make your chosen product (please note: not all techniques listed below will be covered in the day’s course; this will be dependent on the choice of product).

  • Health and safely
  • Forge management
  • Drawing down technique
  • Twisting technique
  • Scroll work
  • Ribbon ends
  • Fish tail finish
  • Snub finish
  • Forge welding
  • Tong making
  • Hand made nails/bolts

Jo is a natural at explaining and believes that there is no substitute for getting on and just having a go. With his expert eye and wealth of experience you will be surprised at just what is possible in even half a day!

What to bring?

  • Packed lunch or eat at the farm café (April to October only)
  • Old, comfortable and loose fitting clothing
  • Sensible, sturdy and comfortable shoes. No open topped shoes please.

What we provide?

  • Safety equipment provided includes goggles, ear defenders, apron and gloves. You will also be given a health and safety talk to help you work safely and minimize the risks associated with a forge.  You will receive a personal risk assessment and be asked to sign to confirm your understanding of this procedure.
  • Lots of tuition, expertise and guidance
  • Coffee/tea with snacks

Costs:

Week Day Rates:

  • One day course  – £175 per person (or book both places for a discounted £300 for two people)
  • A half day course – £175 for two people (please note that we are unable to accept bookings for one person on a half day course)

Weekend Rates:

  • One day course  – £195 per person (or book both places for a discounted £325 for two people)
  • Half day course – £195 for two people (please note that we are unable to accept bookings for one person on a half day course)
We guarantee you will enjoy your blacksmith experience, creating something from scratch to take home and treasure!
  • Only two attendees per course guarantees lots of one-to-one tuition
  • Choose items you wish to make
  • Bespoke options available – please contact us for further information
  • Come with a friend or come on your own and meet someone new, it’s up to you
  • Gift vouchers available
  • Does your partner wish to take part in an activity whilst you are forging metal? (My wife Dawn runs chocolate workshops in Hitchin so you can both enjoy a new experience – see details here).

How to Book

Booking is simple – just click on your preferred date (or contact us with alternative dates) and send us your booking request.

On confirmation of your place (via email), we will ask you to forward a deposit payment of £50 per person to secure your booking – the remainder will become due on the day of the course.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACS transfer – full payment details will be forwarded on confirmation of your course.