We offer a variety of training courses to both members and non-members from basic introduction courses to specialised techniques from masters of their craft.
The introductory courses are suitable for complete beginners and introduce the basic tools of the craft — the anvil, forge and hammer — and some of the basic techniques, enough to enable you to make something useful to take home!
We also offer progressive courses to expand on the techniques you have, these require that you have completed a basic course, or have equivalent experience. These courses are usually themed to specific techniques such as Tool Making, Forge Welding, Flower making.
We also offer special courses from invited masters of their area of the craft, so watch out for these when they are available
Course dates and booking here.
MEMBERS FORGE-IN DAYS
Members can come along and use a hearth for the day, no matter what their level of skills and experience.
A mentor will be on hand to help out when needed, it is an opportunity for making a specific item or project, discussing problem areas or improving skills you are not sure about.
Members only. Dates and booking here.
Must be notified and confirmed in writing at least five days before the course or we shall be obliged to charge for bookings made.
A variety of tools are available for students use
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) and ear defenders or plugs are also advised
KINGSTON MAURWARD COLLEGE
Most of our courses and events will take place at the Forge at Kingston Maurward College near Dorchester.
Leave the A35 at the Stinsford roundabout on the Dorchester bypass signposted “Kingston Maurward college and Animal park”. After 100 Yds take first right signposted “Stinsford Church” not through the main college gate. There is parking area on the right hand side. The Forge building is opposite the parking are. Walk around to the front of the building with the high roller shutter door(forge building).
A NOTEBOOK would be very useful to record notes as instructors demonstrate for your future reference. You are also welcome to take photographs.