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Course: Introduction to Blacksmithing

9 February 2020, 10am-12pm OR 1pm-3pm
Cost £60 (£50 concessions)
Suitability 18+
Booking via Eventbrite

Try your hand at the ancient art of blacksmithing in Gilfach Ddu’s original forge, where generations of blacksmiths served the needs of Dinorwig Quarry.

Working as part of a small group under the guidance of Liam Evans, the Museum blacksmith, you will be introduced to forging, forming and cutting techniques and use hot steel to create your own uniquely decorated poker to take home.*

This fun and relaxed half-day course is suitable for the complete beginner. There are two places available in each session.

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* You can combine two sessions to create a day course, where you will also create a small spade or rake to complement your poker. If there’s time you will also create another small item from a suggested list.

Safety information:

To take part in this course you're required to wear suitable clothing (see 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 full-length and loose enough to cover the tops of your footwear.
  • 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 will also be provided.
  • Failure to comply with the blacksmith’s safety instructions will result in the session’s cancellation.

Language: the facilitator is bilingual (Welsh/English).

Accessibility: the forge is a short walk from the Museum's entrance. Please contact lowri.ifor@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk before booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Price: £60, concessions £50

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

This course is suitable for ages 18+  

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