Bladesmithing for Beginners to book click the images with the dates above, click right or left for alternative dates

£200 per Person per Weekend, £90 per Day Class

 

Day 1 or  First Day Class, The first knife you will make is a Tanto with Par-cord handle. It'll be your taster and your opportunity to get to grips with the colours/heat you need to work your tool steel at, some basic Blacksmithing hammer techniques and most importantly how to shape with fire your knife into the blade of your dreams. Importantly you can take the knife you've on the day class and turn it into full tang knife, with wooden scale handles with brass piens if you take it to your next day at Hot Milk Forge.

Day 2 The next blade we will be doing will possess a fully hidden tang, this will be your first step into creating a wooden handle(what type of knife is your choice we could make a kitchen knife or a survival drop point, it'll be your call). You will learn how to attach it securely choose your wood and shape it to your taste. 
If we've time we'll also make a viking style knife 


The 2nd weekend we'll be be making full tang knives with brass pinned wooden handle. By this stage shaping the knife into whatever type of knife you desire won't be such an issue, heat treating will be wee buns, it'll be refining your handle design so we be  pienning in brass pins into your handle etc. 


On your 3rd weekend we'll be doing Damascus/pattern welding. I know what your thinking 'I want to do that on my first weekend.' But to be honest sure I could take your money and show you how to fireweld and fold your steel but without the grounding in steel and fire understanding you got on the other two weekends you'd be going home with a metal splodge. Trust me on that I've been teaching this Craic for over 15 years. Let's do this properly let's learn these techniques so you can do it on your own away from Hot Milk Forge. 
Valerian steel Pah! Wait til you see what you'll be making
Cost of Course £200 for the weekend, Lunch not included, though you can order from the chippy and we'll go and get it, all safety gear and materials provided.

Evening Class
£20 per Night
Classes start at 7pm finish 9pm...ish
 

If this class is the first class you have booked with Hot Milk Forge it will be a taster lesson aimed at complete beginners, if however you have completed a taster class previously, we will use this class as an opportunity to further your skills.

 

Please note you must be over 16 to take part in any of the classes.

The Friday Day Class in Blacksmithing
£50 per day

On your first day at blacksmithing you may want to treat it as a taster, make a simple poker or viking knife of fancy candle holder or all of these things, while being introduced to the basic skills of blacksmithing.

The focus on all my blacksmithing courses is to begin or continue your path to completing your Complete Introduction to Blacksmithing. With this in mind you can treat it as day one of a 2 day project (see weekend course below for details) when you book onto to the next day class in May or June or July or August....you get the idea. 

 

Weekend Course
The Complete Beginners Course
Part 1 of the Complete introduction to Blacksmith Joinery
£100 for Full Weekend,
 
If you have never lifted a hammer before but you thought Blacksmithing looks like fun and you would love to give it a go, this class is for you. By the end of the two days you will have completed a beautiful hand forged Flower Basket Hanger for your own home. Additionally you will be introduced to the majority of the basic skills of blacksmithing. Including: Scrolling, Drawing down, Twisting, upsetting, riveting....etc.
That's not all
August 2015 saw the beginning of Hot Milk Forges complete introduction to Blacksmith Joinery. This Class can be treated as a standalone beginners class or part 1 of a 3 part Complete introduction to Blacksmith Joinery. Part 2 and 3 will be aimed at advancing what you have learned in Part 1 (The Complete Beginners Class).
If you decide to complete the three parts, by the end I guarantee you will have full confidence to artist blacksmith on your own. 
Dates and details for the last 2 parts will be annouced soon.
 
If you have a paypal account already. If you prefer please feel free to send payment to hotmilkforge@gmail.com, with a note about which class you'd like to book.
(to book click the images with the dates on them at the top of this page. Status of the classes are correct as off 12th of October 2019, please scroll up for more info, it is also where you book) 
Dates 2019
Weekend Courses
Blacksmithing Oct 19th and 20th SOLD OUT
Bladesmithing Oct 26th and 27th SOLD OUT
Blacksmithing Nov 23rd and 24th SOLD OUT
Bladesmithing Nov 30th and Dec SOLD OUT
Blacksmithing Dec 7th and 8th SOLD OUT
Bladesmithing Dec 14th and 15th SOLD OUT
Dates 2020 more to be announced shortly
Blacksmithing Jan 18th/19th SOLD OUT
Bladesmithing Jan 25th/26th SOLD OUT
Blacksmithing Feb 15th/16th 3 left
Bladesmithing Feb 22nd/23rd SOLD OUT
Blacksmithing March 21st/22nd 
Bladesmithind March 28th/29th 2 left
Blacksmithing April 18th/19th
Bladesmithing April 25th/26th
Blacksmithing May 23rd/24th
Bladesmithing May 30th/31st
Blacksmithing June 20th/21st
Bladesmithing June 27th/28th
Blacksmithing August 22nd/23rd
Bladesmithing August 29th/30th