Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?
Yes Absolutely!!! All the courses at Hot Milk Forge are suitable for complete beginners.
Are your courses only for beginners, how do I progress beyond my first beginners Class?
You're taught as an individual, so you progress at your pace. On our Weekend and Day courses due to their popularity and the fact they tend book out so far in advance most people on the course are complete beginners with only 1 or 2 back for the 2nd or third part of our courses. The courses are sold on a first come first served basis.
Where are you?
We are based in Martinstown, Glenravel in the Glens of Antrim check out our map section on the website or just put Hot Milk Forge into Google or Apple Maps.
Hot Milk Forge is
15 mins drive from Ballymena
40mins drive from Belfast
25mins drive from Belfast International Airport
What is your age limit?
Blacksmithing Classes 14 and up if accompanied with Guardian.
16 and up otherwise.
Bladesmithing, 18 and up.
Bow Making 14 and up if accompanied with Guardian.
16 and up otherwise.
There is no upper limit...seriously some one has asked that.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
I've a 48hr cancellation policy if you want to change you're booking prior to then you've up to 48hrs before the event after this time it's at our discretion after the start of the event no refunds. When requesting a refund proof of purchase must be provided.
How long are your Vouchers Valid and do you post them?
All Vouchers are Valid One year from date of Purchase, they are emailed as a printable pdf.
Do I need to physically strong?
You don't have to be built like a tank to do Black/Bladesmithing and we have people of all ages, sizes and physical abilities who attend. However Blacksmithing is a physical activity, so if you have health problems do contact Hot Milk Forge if you are concerned.
What is the starting times?
Evening Class are 7pm to 9.15pm
Day and Weekend Courses 10.30am to 4.30pm
Private Classes 10am to 12.15pm
What do need to wear?
Thick soled shoes/boots and sensible non flammable clothes, natural fibres are the best i.e. no fleeces or shell suits etc
All safety gear is provided, however if you want bring your own Welders Gauntlets, Safety Glasses and Leather Apron you are welcome to.
No, however at the weekends you can order from our local Chippy and we'll go get it here is the menu No Pizzas though! Pizza Oven isn't turned on at 1 O'Clock at the Weekend
Is there accommodation near by?
The Glens of Antrim is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so naturally there is lots Airbandbs, B&Bs and other accommodation in the area. We plan to have accommodation in the future on site but for now there is several excellent alternatives in the area with for example Ballyeamon Barn Hostel doing a special deal for Hot Milk Forge Attendees that also includes dinner at Harry's Restaurant in Cushendall. Contact Liz at for more details