Weekend Recreational Blacksmithing Courses At Ratho Byres Forge

Looking for an opportunity to experience hands on artist blacksmithing?

The extremely popular weekend & mid week recreational blacksmithing courses are led by Pete Hill FWCB, a practitioner with over thirty years of innovative blacksmithing experience.

Each course covers a wide range of techniques and skills and is suitable for both the absolute beginner and those with previous experience. The student will work out of the fire, at the anvil, learning the skills to use both a hand held hammer and a power hammer. Basic skills are taught the first day and the students own idea is developed, with help, the second day. The end result being an item forged by the student which can be taken home.

We have had a wide variety of people attending these courses from scallop fishermen, to architects, housewives, to sculptors, nurses and doctors to youngsters still at school.

All those who have taken part in our courses have left not only tired & grubby having learnt new skills & developed an understanding for the malleability of metal but have also been involved in forging something for themselves to take home and treasure.

The courses are restricted to a maximum of two places, so that Pete can ensure quality one to one time with each student. Each student works at their own fire & anvil & tuition is very much hands on. There can be nothing more satisfying than creating even the simplest item with your own hands, working metal hot from the fire at an anvil and learning traditional forging techniques that have remained intrinsically unchanged for centuries.

Contact Pete for further information and available dates at