Award winning Rich Jones from Heat & Beat will guide you through the ancient skills of blacksmithing, learning the elementary techniques needed to form and forge steel.
Over two days, you will make simple but beautifully crafted items for everyday use and a memory that will stay with you forever. Using hammers, traditional hand tools and a forge, you will learn about upsetting your metal and drawing it down, chiselling, doming and using the horn of your anvil to forge various shapes into your hot steel.
See course dates for details of design options on different dates. These simple but challenging designs will give you plenty to learn over the two days and an opportunity to try a wide variety of techniques.
Rich Jones is an artist blacksmith from Heat & Beat in Dyserth, North Wales. His blacksmithing began in Llandudno & then Herefordshire College of Blacksmithing. On completing his studies, he did his Journeyman in Gdansk, Poland & later in France. He returned to an apprenticeship in Wales before setting up his own company in 2000.
Since establishing Heat & Beat, Rich has produced a huge range of work from public art commissions to bespoke gates, railing and restoration. The distinctive style of his work draws its inspiration from nature’s forms and shapes, which he combines with his love of geometric forms and structure.
His work can be seen at various well-known landmarks along the Clwydian Range in north Wales. These include an all-seeing crow perched on simple gate leading up to the iron-age fort of Castell Dinas Brân; and the benches and gates on Moel Famau, just a hill or two from Wernog Wood… and of course many more…
Stories from our students
I’ve been lucky enough to take part in a superb weekend attending a blacksmithing course at the ever welcoming Wernog Wood, with perfect hosts Claire & Rob and the talented and patient tutor Rich. Incredibly I’ve come away with a beautiful poker and metal hook in two days. Great company ,great homemade food, great location
Ridiculously pleased with myself - thank you for an amazing experience. If you ever get the chance to do something at Wernog Wood - do it!
When Rich said we were going to make a poker like that we couldn't believe it, but we did. About 12 different processes of beating and twisting and pounding. Thoroughly inspired by our tutor Rich. He had a way of skilfully tweaking and overseeing our work as we did it so that we produced a good quality item whilst feeling it was all our own work. Brilliant fun and an awesome place - Clare