The Blacksmiths Guild
Uniting the guild of Wrought Ironwork Craftsmen of Wessex with the Blacksmiths and Metalworkers association of the South West and based at Westpoint in Devon one and a half miles from the M5 Junction 30.
The Guild has two objectives:
To foster commercial participation in the craft.
To provide expert tuition to foster and maintain a high standard of design and craftsmanship.
Guild members are encouraged to promote themselves and their craft at many shows and locations throughout the year, County shows, Agricultural shows, game fairs and other events. Usually at little or no cost to the members participating in demonstrating or showing their skills to the public at the show. Members can also sell items at little or no cost to themselves, and benefit from the guilds chip'n'pin facilities.
Many members are involved with organising and stewarding at the shows on the National Blacksmiths Competition circuit, as well as being judges at these and other shows.
For many years courses have been organised and run to keep and develop the traditional Blacksmithing skills, and many students have gone on to successfully start or make a career change in developing their own businesses.
These courses are now held in our own forging facilities where students can work at their own pace under the supervision of the tutors, all of whom are working or retired Blacksmiths.
The TASTER COURSES or a FORGING EXPERIENCE day
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone to have a "hands on" experience of Blacksmithing under the experienced guidance of one of our tutors.
Many who wish to start Blacksmithing are not aware of what is involved, our one day taster course is an introduction to the forge and the basic tools, and how to use them, giving them an opportunity to try the experience and to make some useful items.
A one or two day course concentrating on the skills required to produce specific items, suitable for anyone with a basic knowledge of Blacksmithing, ideal as a follow on from the taster day course.
Two day (or longer) courses to produce specific items whilst learning the skills to make them.
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