James Crossman AWCB
2010 Live National Champion
Courses in the West Country in our working forge

Course Training

Learn the techniques of the traditional Blacksmith

On the Day

After a Health & Safety talk you will begin your time in the forge. Covering Fire management and a wider range of Blacksmithing skills tailored to the individuals needs. This will include Drawing down, Punching, Splitting, Fire welding, Leaves and Scrolls toolmaking.

Courses run from 9-5PM with an hour for lunch at our local country pub.

What's Included


Safety Equipment, but please bring steel toe cap boots and old clothes (not wool or nylon) and wear long sleeves.

All Materials

2 course cooked lunch

Transport to and from local train/bus station if needed is included. (Airport transfers available at extra cost)


Plus anything you make you take home with you. EG Pokers, candle sticks, hanging basket brackets, estate gates ... Well maybe not the gates.


1 Day - £180

2 Day - £340

50% deposit required when booking.

We also run more specialist week long courses, and can arrange a B&B or holiday cottage.

Entrants on each course

There will be a maximum of 4 people on each course so you will work you own coke forge.

Be prepared for Hard work!

Gift vouchers available

2015 Courses Available - Please ring for details

How to book

Please ring Deb on 01373 462475 or email enquires@ironageforge or use the online booking form here

Gallery of our Courses
Course Testimonials
  1. Gerald Monaghan - October 2014
  2. On a previous visit to the Iron Age Forge (Dec. 2013) I commented that i'd be making a return visit for more challenges & teaching - not least toying with the idea of pursuing blacksmith certification; as well as the good food good company and warm welcome. I made good on my word and returned in Oct. 2014 - and wasn't disappointed by the experience. James and Debs, now friends as well as hosts, welcomed me back and made me feel at ease in their home and in the Forge.

    Work in the Forge was challenging involving use (and mastery) of: fire-welding, power-hammer, tapering bars, drifting, punching etc. All a world away from my work at a traditional forge at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Hard work, practice and honing of skills at work in the museum and onsite at the Iron Age Forge culminated in production of a final piece which was submitted as evidence for my blacksmith certification. I am pleased to announce that the piece was a success and I was awarded the Journeyman's Certificate from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths of London.

    My success would not have been possible without the tuition and support I have received over the past four years from James and the team at the Iron Age Forge. They go the extra mile in promoting the craft of blacksmithing and passing on their skills. They have encouraged me to progress with my blacksmithing and in turn make Northern Ireland a recognised location for the craft.

    See my Story here

    Gerald Monaghan

  3. Gerald Monaghan - December 2013
  4. In my 'day job' I work as a blacksmith in a traditional, open air museum in Northern Ireland. My blacksmithing skills were largely self-taught and in need of development when I became involved with the Iron Age Forge.

    I have just recently returned from my third visit to the Iron Age Forge, each course lasting five days at a time (Mon - Fri). During my time at the Forge I have developed my existing skills and introduced new ones also. On my most recent trip I worked on scrollwork, riveting, fire-welding, tapering and twisting - refining and combining those skills into a hanging basket bracket. The bracket in itself was completed as an apprentice piece for my anticipated pursuit of blacksmith certification.

    I have enjoyed and valued the time I have spent so far with those at the Iron Age Forge, notably James Crossman AWCB (Founder of Iron Age Forge). Jamie has extended personal and professional welcome to me on each and every occasion I have spent at the Forge. He brings his extensive experience and enthusiasm to work each day (and I'd go so far as to say it's not just work for him, it's a way of life). My time with Jamie has both challenged and extended my blacksmithing skills.

    Thanks to the coaching and feedback from Jamie I have brought my skills (and confidence in them) back into my workplace. I enjoy developing my work in my own style and am able to share this more readily with my colleagues and the visitors to the museum.

    I'm looking forward to heading back to the Iron Age Forge soon, for some more challenges and teaching, as well as the good food, good company and warm welcome I receive there.

  5. Gerald Monaghan - November 2012
  6. Thank you for all your help and Patience last week. It was an experience I will never forget. Debbie, thanks for your excellent hospitality. Sam, I am keeping that metal hot! Kind regards to all at Cole Hill Farm, Peter at May cottage (Sorry I never did get that hoover out) and all the rogues at the Horse & Groom.

  7. Tom Mahon - October 2012
  8. Hi Deb and Jamie, hope you have settled back into normality. James and I had a great time, thank you all very much. We are trying to get another course organised, hopefully we will be able to get sorted soon.

    I work at Patterson Spade Mill, a National Trust property in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, where we produce handmade spades in a water-drivern mill.

    I, Tom Mahon and my work colleague, James McCullough felt that we needed some formal Blacksmith training. Our Manager, Colin Dawson recommended Iron Age Forge in Somerset where he had done a course some ten years ago.

    We booked a course for the 14th October to 21st October 2012. We were collected at Bristol Airport by Jamie, our trainer for the week and taken to May Cottage, East Woodlands, which is a self catering cottage on the edge of a country estate.

    We were collected each morning by Jamie and taken the short distance to Iron Age Forge, situated in a farmyard besides Jamie's family home.

    After a safety induction, we got started to work, covering fire management, tong making, many types of twists in square bar, hole punching in hot steel, basic tool making, tempering and hardening, fire welding of different types, chain making and tenon making.

    We covered a great deal of different aspects of blacksmithing during the week, this is in no small way down to the very professional manner in which Jamie carried out his training. Jamie being a very hands on type of person, was more than capable of actually doing the jobs while talking us through what he was doing. While we were then working, we were carefully watched and guided were necassary.

    During the days working, both Jamie and Sam were helpful, friendly and nothing was to much trouble for them. Jamie's Partner Deb and Daughter Ash looked after us very well providing lunch and evening meals, the hospitality was second to none, both James and myself are already planning advanced courses with Iron Age Forge in the future with our Manager Colin.