Silver & steel

Choose one metal or try both

See course details, dates, costs, tutors & stories from students below
Metal working course

This three day course is a collaboration between two of our tutors, jewellery designer & maker Claire Acworth and blacksmith Rich Jones from Heat & Beat. You will have the flexibility to work in two very different metals, silver and steel, or to focus all three days working in just one ... you choose.

...perfect for couples or friends to come and learn together..

Rich Jones will guide you through the ancient skills of blacksmithing, teaching you the elementary techniques needed to form and forge steel. You will make either a dragon toasting fork and other forged items, or both if steel is your focus.

Claire Acworth will introduce you to the practice and principles of shaping, texturing and soldering silver and perhaps setting a stone. You will come away with one or more handmade jewels - a ring, bangle, earrings or pendant.

silversmithing and blacksmithing course




26-29 October 2022

Forge and jewellery bench


£385 - Tuition fees

(plus up to £45 gas & steel or £2 per gramme of silver)


Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price 

We also offer accommodation & evening meals

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This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience

Claire Acworth & Rich Jones

Rich Jones is an artist blacksmith from Heat & Beat in Dyserth, North Wales.  Rich has produced a huge range of work from public art commissions to bespoke gates, railing & restoration. His distinctive style draws 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. 

Claire Acworth is a designer and maker of contemporary jewellery, working in silver and gold. Her work is organic and sculptural, textured with hammer marks or imprinted with the delicate veins of a leaf. She also uses semi-precious stones and simple found objects such as pebbles or sea glass which are transformed into elegant new forms. Much of her work is commission based as she breathes life into old unworn jewellery by using the original stones or gold to create a contemporary new design.

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. - Amanda

Claire is a great teacher. I was a complete novice who doesn’t respond to jargon or science. It was very hands on and informative and practical. I loved it. - Becky

We had a fantastic two days supported by Rich who was patient, supportive and knowledgable.

Claire thank you for the organisation and delightful alfresco lunches.

We also met new friends from throughout North Wales and the South of England. 

Diolch yn Fawr - Wendy

I was worried that I would get bogged down with lots of technical information, but I found Claire very clear and her teaching was gentle but informative. It suited me perfectly. Claire was also very encouraging and made me feel very proud of what I created. - Bronte


Ridiculously pleased with myself - thank you for an amazing experience. If you ever get the chance to do something at Wernog Wood - do it! 

- Nicky

A fantastic day! Claire is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft and was a very supportive teacher. She helped us all realise are individual designs and within a day we each made a beautiful piece of jewellery that also serves as a physical reminder of the wonderful experience we shared together. - Naomi