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Traditional Blacksmithing Carmarthen

Trevaughan, Wales   

• Blacksmithing courses in Carmarthenshire, Wales
• Make axes, knives, letter openers and more
• Take everything you make home with you
• A choice of three different full-day workshops

What's Included

• Spend a day in a professional forge
• Lunch break (lunch not included) please bring a packed lunch
• Refreshments are provided
• All tools, materials and safety equipment is provided (safety glasses, hearing protection, apron etc)

Blacksmith Experience Day
• A great experience for novices to try your hand art one of the oldest trades
• Spend the day at the anvil working with hot steel, sparks and fire
• Learn the basics and produce a range of items such as hooks, keyrings, letter openers and fire pokers
• Bring a sketch along if you have a specific item you'd like to make
• Take home your hand forged items

Knife Making Course
• Learn the tips and tricks of professional knife and blade making
• Start off forging a couple of simple items to get you used to working on a traditional forge
• Select the right type of steel to forge a rough blade shape
• Refine the shape and grind the bevels
• Learn how to heat treat and style to your preferred shape
• Take home your fully functional hand forged knife

Axe Making Course
• Forge and haft your very own hand axe
• The day is split into three parts, forging out the axe, heat treating the axe and shaping and hafting
• By the end of the day you will have a fully working axe to take home with you

What Can I Expect

Blacksmith courses in Wales - keeping tradition alive in Carmarthenshire! These blacksmithing workshops at a professional forge give you an insight into the work of a forger. It's going to be hot, with sparks and fire as you get stuck in with these hands-on courses.

The man behind Phoenix Forge is William Holland. He trained as an architect and a blacksmith, giving him a unique and very creative eye on the skilled art of blacksmithing. As William says: 'By combining techniques and contemporary design, I make one of a kind pieces that best serve their context'.

And that's the beauty of this traditional craft today; you can hand-craft something that's beautiful and practical for modern life at the same time. You'll be wowed by William's portfolio of work, which includes gates that makes statements on driveways, churchyard railings that look like they've always been there and the most stylish stair bannister we've ever seen!

We are offering three courses for you at this Carmarthen forge. If you want a good general introduction to the art of blacksmithing, we highly recommend the Blacksmith Experience Day. It shows you the work of a blacksmith and you make lots of little useful household bits and bobs as you go, all of which you will be taking home with you to use (and admire!).

The two other, rather more specialist courses, are Knife Making and Axe Making. Getting used to working the steel in the heat by making a letter opener puts you in good stead for forging and fashioning your very own knife blade shape. After bevelling the edges, your knife will be given a handle and there you have your sharp-edge knife worthy of any chef, survivalist or hunter.

On the axe making course you'll be working, smithing and striking to forge the hot steel into your axe head. Heat treated to be a working tool, you will then learn how to do the shaping and hafting (putting the handle on), giving you a hand axe that'll chop firewood with ease.

Nothing beats the satisfaction of completing your blacksmith course in this lovely corner of Wales, with those hand-forged items under your arm as you leave the forge, having learned just what it takes to be a blacksmith. Dates are limited, so make sure you book your place at Phoenix Forge soon.


• Selected Saturdays throughout the year
• Courses start at 09:00 finishing around 17:30/18:00
• Dates are subject to availability, depending on your chosen course


• Trevaughan, Carmarthen
• Courses are run in a dedicated professional forge

Suitable For

• Minimum age 16
• Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
• A good, general level of fitness is required
• You will form part of a small group of 6 people for this experience (8 for axe making)


• Not suitable for spectators

Anything Else

• Comfortable clothing should be worn (no nylon or synthetics) Jeans and T-Shirts are ideal
• Safety boots or walking boots are suitable (no open-toed footwear)
Traditional Blacksmithing Carmarthen
Blacksmith Experience Day
Total Price£130.00
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