Sculpting in steel - any old iron
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Any old iron, any old iron... do you have a shed full of old tools and machinery that has no useful purpose in life?
Over this exciting three days, award winning Rich Jones from Heat & Beat will introduce you to the fundamentals of mig-welding as well as some elementary techniques to form and forge steel.
With a theme of the animal kingdom, you will build a flock of living creatures, defined by the array of interesting pieces of steel that you bring. Rich will discuss your ideas before you come to ensure your design is achievable.
Start rummaging now for springs, chains, cogs, handlebars, spanners, garden tools, horseshoes, farm machinery or lawnmower parts. If it sticks to a magnet, bring it.
£795 - Tuition fees
(plus £75 basic course materials
but significant sizes of sheet steel will be extra)
Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price
We also offer accommodation & evening meals
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience
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
An excellent experience. After completing the first Blacksmith (poker) weekend, it was super to use the skills learned and learn new ones. I arrived with an idea of what I wanted to construct, and with support and encouragement from Rich, the course tutor, my idea was created! Thanks for a delightful if tiring weekend with delicious food and good company. - Andy
I can't tell you how fantastic and engrossing the experience at the sculpting in steel course was. Thanks to Rich's coaching and essential help in forming head and claws with the forge, we emerged with something most wonderful and I learned a huge amount in the forming of Bronwyn, our Dragon. I learned so much from Rich and at the wonderful cultivating environment at Wernog, it humbles me to know how much I still have to learn, but feel great because of how I was empowered to create. Cannot recommend this course and this serene place of learning enough! John
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