Blacksmithing is the art of working metal with a forge, anvil, and a hammer. By heating the metal until it is red hot (or hotter!), it can be bent and beaten into shape, eventually becoming a useful item.
We have our own forge and all the equipment we need to teach blacksmithing in Glasgow. Our instructors have undergone extensive training and are constantly working to improve their own skills and knowledge. If you want to learn how to work with metal, to make something with your own bare hands, then our courses will be perfect for you. We run afternoon and weekend courses in blacksmithing, so please have a look at what events are forthcoming, or get in touch and see about booking a session tailored specifically to you, perhaps bringing your friends along with you.
Beginners Blacksmithing Course
Would you like to learn the ancient art of blacksmithing? Now at The Vanguard Centre, you can join us on Saturday afternoons for the Beginners Blacksmithing Course. Undertake five 3-hour sessions, as our blacksmithing instructor introduces the joy and fun of shaping steel into useful and beautiful objects. Learning fundamental techniques through practical projects where you will make items such as coat hooks, medieval eating spikes, with your efforts culminating in a carefully hardened and tempered fire striker. This course will be highly beneficial if you wish to move on to our more advanced blacksmithing courses, such as Blacksmithing and Woodworking, Culinary Bladesmithing, or future classes such as Buckler Making.
You will need to wear clothing made of non-synthetic fibres (jeans are a good choice). Please do not wear anything too loose and flowing, as it presents a fire risk. If you have long hair, please make sure it is tied back tightly. It is important that you arrive on time, so please check the classes page to make sure you are aware of the starting time for the session.
After much feedback from earlier courses, we have adapted the new course to make it more flexible and easier for participants to attend. Once you register on the course you will have 16 weeks to attend your five classes – so it doesn't matter if you miss one or two weeks between your sessions!
How to Enrol
You can purchase your course pass below for £125 (guest price):
Each Monday, you will receive an email inviting you to come along to class on the coming Saturday.
If you wish to attend, all you have to do is reply before midnight on Wednesday night, letting our instructor know to expect you. There are six spaces available each week and the spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, so we encourage you to respond to the weekly email quickly.
On Thursday morning, those who have booked to attend that week's class will receive an email confirming that they have a place. It is important to note that once you have booked your class for that week, your name will be marked on the attendance sheet, and it will count as one of your five sessions even if you don't attend, so please only book your place if you will definitely be there.
You have 16 weeks from the purchase of your pass to complete all five classes. If you do not manage to complete all five sessions before your pass runs out, there will be additional charges for further classes. Your 16 weeks will begin on the Monday of the week following your purchase.