MALHAM SMITHY

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Malham Smithy Blacksmiths Workshop

 

The Malham Smithy is the workshop of female blacksmith Annabelle Bradley, where she designs and hand forges sculptural and functional wrought ironwork.

Annabelle uses traditional blacksmithing techniques combined with contemporary design in producinMalham Smithy rams head companion set handleg decorative items for the home and garden. The Malham Smithy is situated in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Malham and has a gallery area displaying completed pieces as well as a viewing area to be able to watch Annabelle at work on the traditional coke forge.Malham Smithy hand forged rams head
A selection of hand forged items such as candle sconces, companion sets and hooks etc. are available to purchase from the gallery, you can also take the opportunity to discuss commissions for bespoke designs.

The Malham Smithy was bequeathed to the Parish Church by Artist Blacksmith Bill Wild in the early 1980's, and has ever since been leased out by the Church as a traditional blacksmiths workshop. In February 2007, Annabelle Bradley was given the opportunity to work from the Malham Smithy and continues to this day keeping this beautiful Yorkshire Dales village heritage alive.
Read Annabelle's story on how she made the life changing move from tax accountant to blacksmith.

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Become a Blacksmith for the day!

  • Courses suitable for beginners
  • One to one tuition
  • Makes an ideal gift 

Learn key Blacksmithing techniques whilst forging your own piece of art to take home

Gift certificates available

 

Book in for a Malham Smithy Blacksmith day course for beginners, focusing on learning key basic techniques that are the foundation to all blacksmiths forge work, from a simple hook to an elaborate sculpture. 

What will you do?
After a simple demonstration you will get straight into having a go at forging with hammer and anvil. 
You will be guided to safely use the hand tools and incorporate design elements into practical forge work. 
At the end of your forging day you can expect to take away a couple of pieces of your own handcrafted forge work. First being your test piece for working on techniques which could take the form of an elegant hook (or a bit of a twisted, split, tapered, punched, burnt scrap metal paperweight...) plus a finished piece such as a toasting fork, poker or coat rack. 

Who is the day suitable for?
The day course is aimed as a one to one session, or a two person joint booking, for adults with no previous experience, allowing you to get the most out of your time at the forge. The day is a physical one in a centuries old traditional forge and may not be suitable for everyone. Contact the Malham Smithy if you have any injuries or disabilities before booking. Bookings cannot be made via the website for people under 18.

When are the courses run?
Dates can be arranged with Malham Smithy, both weekday and weekend courses are available. Dates can be booked at the time of purchasing by emailing courses@malhamsmithyonline.co.uk, or arranged at a later date if buying as a gift. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and are available electronically.
The timing for the day is a 10am start, finishing at 5pm. You will have a break for lunch, good food is available to purchase in the village from The Buck Inn pub, The Lister Arms pub, the Old Barn Cafe and Beck Hall, all highly recommended. Alternatively you can bring your own packed lunch to enjoy sat by the scenic beck that runs to the side of the smithy. Tea and coffee are provided all day in the forge. 

What to wear?
You will be provided with safety equipment for the day, being apron, safety glasses and gloves. Wear overalls or old clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or damaged, clothes should be natural fibres, cotton/denim,  not synthetic and must have full length trousers and long sleeves. You are required to wear safety boots, non steel toe caps worn at your own risk. Workwear trousers and tops are available to purchase from the Malham Smithy. Advance notice of sizes required.

 

One to One Weekday

One to One Weekday

£180.00

Weekday course for one person. Course fees are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend a date booked we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, subject to reasonable notice being given.

Two Person Weekday

Two Person Weekday

£290.00

Weekday course for two people. Course fees are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend a date booked we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, subject to reasonable notice being given.

One or Two Person Saturday

One or Two Person Saturday

£330.00

Saturday course for one or two people (no discount available for single participation). Course fees are non-refundable, however if you cannot attend a date booked we will endeavour to offer alternative dates, subject to reasonable notice being given.