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Course: Half Day Courses: Intro to Blacksmithing

Big Pit National Coal Museum
13, 15, 17, 20, 22 & 24 January 2020, 10am-12pm OR 1-3pm
Cost £60 | £50 concession
Suitability 18+
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An opportunity to try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing in Big Pit’s original forge, where generations of blacksmiths served the needs of Big Pit.

Working under the guidance of Len, the Museum Blacksmith, who has over 50 years’ experience of working as a Blacksmith and working underground you will be introduced to forging, forming and cutting techniques and use hot steel to create your own poker to take home.*

This fun and relaxed course is suitable for the complete beginner. There will be two places available to book in each session. Each session lasts up to 2 hours.

*It is possible to book and combine two sessions to create a day course, where you will create a scraper to complement your poker. Please book a morning and an afternoon session for the same day for this option.

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Safety information:

To take part in this course, participants are required to wear adequate clothing (see list below), and listen to and follow the blacksmith’s instructions with regards to working safely in the forge.

  • All clothing should be made from natural fibres, 100% cotton preferable.
  • Tops should be long sleeved to cover forearms.
  • Trousers should be loose fitting enough to cover the tops of footwear and full length trousers only are to be worn.
  • Safety boots are essential – you must provide your own.
  • Safety spectacles (provided) need to be worn at all times in the forge. A leather apron and gloves will also be provided.
  • Failure to comply with the blacksmith’s safety instructions will result in the session’s cancellation.

Language: this course will be held in English but we are happy to provide simultaneous translation if you'd like to take part in Welsh. Please choose a ticket in your language of choice, making sure you have one ticket for each person. Please book your tickets at least one week before the event.

Accessibility: please contact sally.hopkins@museumwales.ac.uk before booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Concession eligibility: unwaged, over 60s, students with NUS card or disabled people.

This course is suitable for ages 18+ 

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