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Training and promoting Blacksmiths for over 40 years.

Incorporating the Guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex, and the

Blacksmiths and Metalworkers Association of the South West

Westpoint Forge

Westpoint Showground




Forging experience taster days, for anyone wanting to try forging

Forge in type Skill's days to develop 'smithing skills and build confidence with like minded people.

Skill / project weekends making specific items

Specialist skills courses for specific skills eg. toolmaking, damascus, twists, repousse.

Courses tailored to suit your specific requirements

Group courses for clubs , friends or families.

Make items to sell from your very first course.


One person on a forge, no sharing unless required by the skills being taught.


The Guild actively promotes the Craft by supporting our members and providing outlets for their products at many shows throughout the country.

At these shows our members can be seen demonstrating their skills, selling their wares, displaying items they have made, and competing in various competitions

Many County Shows on the National Blacksmiths Competition Circuit are stewarded by members of the Guild.

Some of our members also attend the smaller shows and the guild supports them in these situations.

About the Courses

The cost for the one day Taster Day courses are £75 per person.

The two day courses cost £100, with a discount for Guild Members

Three day introduction to Blacksmithing Course cost is £210

Students will work on an individual forge and anvil

The Forge in days are open to all and free to participants taking an active part.

There may be a small charge for refreshments/catering


An opportunity to have a hands on experience of blacksmithing. Ideal for beginners or if you just want to try forging red hot metal.

An introduction to the anvil, hearth and fire management. You will learn the basic skills and tools required to become a blacksmith and you will make some items using these skills.

Class sizes are limited to six people, each on an individual forge


An intensive 3 day course designed for the serious student wanting to learn the traditional blacksmiths skills.

Course covers introduction to the anvil, forge and tools and the basic skills of the blacksmiths craft.

Skills covered will be drawing down points, spreading, scrolling, bending, manipulating materials using tools,

different types of hammer blows and their effective use, punching round and square holes, splitting, twisting, upsetting, making tenons and heel bars, and joining methods, rivets, collars and an introduction to firewelding.

Class size will be limited to a maximum of six,

Students will have enough skills knowledge to make simple projectseg candleholders, brackets, frames for mirrors or tables, gates, railings.

A certificate of competence will be issued at the end of the course


The type of items produced on these courses help students to learn and develop a broad range of skills and techniques, and make items that will be useful in homes or workshops. Students will be required to have attended a taster day or have acquired these skills elsewhere

Class sizes are normally up to six students, however up to 12 students on individual forges can be accommodated, and an extra tutor will be available to assist with the training.  

Note the two day courses are not suitable for absolute beginners


Interested people can come along and learn from each other no matter what their level of skills and experience, an opportunity for discussing problem areas, demonstrations and seeing how other 'smiths work. Inspired by the Iforgeiron website  at www.iforgeiron.com, put the illustrated blueprints into practice  These days are free, there is a charge for buffet or BBQ.

SPECIALISED COURSES: Can be made to suit your specific requirements, ideal for groups, families or companies.


GIFT CARDS: Can be sent as a surprise for that unusual special present, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Birthdays, Christmas or just as a special treat.


The courses run from 9.00 am to 4.45pm with a break for lunch, tea and coffee are available all day, bring your own lunch, or arrangements can be made for a snack type meal.

Should you wish to book on a course, please send your details, date of course, and a cheque for the appropriate amount made out to: Blacksmiths Guild and send to:

John Bellamy, Guild Courses,


11A The Mews



Should you have any queries please contact 01626 863372,

or email: courses@blacksmithsguild.com

Places will be allocated on a first come first served principle, based on receipt of payment. Any overbooking will be advised, and monies either returned if requested, or held in credit for either stand by if any cancellations occur, or prepayment for other courses if required.

Cancellations must be notified and confirmed in writing at least five days before the course or we shall be obliged to charge for bookings made.

TOOLS; All tools will be supplied for the Forging Experience taster days,

CLOTHING: It is recommended that old clothes and stout shoes preferably with steel toecaps be worn, trainer type and canvas shoes should not be worn due to the fire hazard.

Safety Glasses, Leather Apron (we have some available for use) also ear defenders or plugs

A NOTEBOOK would be very useful to record notes as instructors demonstrate for your future reference. You are also welcome to take photographs.

Updated on February 25th 2013  @ 22.55

Course dates for 2013

March 9th  Taster Day (Course Full)

March 22cnd, 23rd, 24th, Intensive Basic Skills Course (Course Full)

April 6th, 7th,  Leafmaking  (6 more places available)

April 27th, 28th,  Toolmaking (including heat treating) (Course Full)

May 11th   Taster Day (Course Full)

May 25th, 26th, Small Items to sell (4 places available)

June 15th,   Taster Day (1 place available)

June 29th, 30th,  Flowers (Poppies, daffodils, roses, tulips) (4 places available)

July 12th, 13th, 14th, Intensive Basic Skills Course. (Course full)

August 3rd, 4th,  Twists and Scroll ends (4 places available)

August 24th,   Taster Day (6 places available)

September 13th, 14th, 15th, Intensive Basic Skills Course (1 place available)

September 28th, 29th, AGM and Forge in

October 5th   Taster Day (6 places available)

October 19th, 20th,  Figurines (3 places available)

November 1st, 2cnd, 3rd, Intensive Basic Skills Course (5 places available)

November 16th,   Taster Day (6 places available)

December 7th, 8th,  Forge welding (5 places available)






A Guild representative has taken this course and approved it on our behalf.

A full review will be published in the June 2013 issue of Creative Crafting Magazine