One day 'learn to blacksmith' course with Aaron Petersen of Ferric Fusion Ironwork
Purchasing this item will result in you being able to download a printable A4 one day course e-voucher , once the voucher is downloaded you or the recipient should contact us to check availability and to book the course. The voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Come and learn a new skill in beautiful West Wales. We run one day and two day ‘learn to smith’ weekend courses for beginners. Never so much as picked up a hammer? Don’t worry, we are used to teaching complete novices – we don’t expect you to have any pre course knowledge or skill. Aaron uses his teaching skills to gently guide you through the whole process, explaining each step comprehensively and allowing you to work at your own pace. Small groups (rarely more than 4 at a time) ensure that you are given individual and personal attention. He will also provide you with lots of useful nuggets of information, whether that is about technical aspects or historical and cultural elements of smithing. With more than two decades of blacksmithing experience under his belt, there is not much Aaron doesn’t know about the art and craft of the smith, feel free to ask questions.
You will make several items to take home (included in the price - we do not charge extra for materials). One day courses are held on a Saturday.
Once booking is made we will send you or the recipient directions and further course information. We are based just 10 miles west of Carmarthen in West Wales. We are easy to find.
The course is not residential – when you make your booking we will send you or the recipeint details of some local places to stay that you may wish to consider.
We rarely have more than 4 people per course so everyone gets personalised tuition and can learn at their own pace. You do not need any previous experience (and you don’t need huge muscles either!). The course is not suitable for people with arm, back or shoulder problems and unfortunately it is not suitable for individuals who have mobility issues. The course is available only to those aged 18 or over.
Our courses were shortlisted for the prestigious inaugural UK Craft Skills Awards in 2014 and have featured in numerous magazines including Country Living, Woman & Home and The Simple Things and in a wide range of press publications.
To read reviews visit https://www.craftcourses.com/courses/blacksmithing-for-beginners-one-day-taster
To see a short film of Aaron at work in the forge visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTAkFRhW8iM
Our returns policy for courses covers the first 14 days from purchase, refunds can only be made to the person who paid for the course – we cannot refund a recipient if they have not paid for it themselves or if more than 14 days have elapsed from purchase. We will always try and rearrange a date if there are extenuating circumstances.
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Unless otherwise stated items are not gift wrapped or provided in presentation boxes. Large candles are packaged in semi rigid plastic lidded tubes prior to being additionally packaged in appropriate protective material (i.e. bubble wrap, cardboard etc). Small candles are packaged in cello bags before being additionally packed in protective material.
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Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If your product is faulty we will be happy to replace it. You will however need to return the item to us; this will mean that you will need to pay any return postage costs.
If you wish to return an item that is not faulty (for example, if you have changed your mind about it or decided it doesn’t suit your needs) You have 14 days from the receipt of your goods within which you have the right to return your item if you wish to – you do not need to give a reason but, again, you will need to meet the costs of returning the item. If you are returning a candle within this time we can only accept candles that have not been lit unless there is clearly a fault with the candle.
There are exceptions to the above – custom made or bespoke items that we would be unable to resell if returned (i.e. personalised candles, ironwork made specifically to fit custom measurements) are exempt and we will not accept returns on these unless they are faulty. In this event a replacement item will be offered. We will always endeavour to do this within the shortest time scale we are able to manage but please bear in mind that as our products are handmade we will need to discuss timescales for personalised/bespoke replacements on a case by case basis.
Candles and candle safety
Our candles are made from high quality refined paraffin wax and plant waxes that are sold specifically for the making of candles. We use candle fragrances that are specifically identified as being suitable for use in candles. Our fragrances are added a maximum of 8%. Our surface decoration is wax based – i.e. gilding waxes, wax paints, etc. We occasionally use glitter which is identified as suitable for use on candles. We sometimes use clear varnish that has been identified as suitable for use on candles. We never use flammable materials such as fabric or paper and we do not use acrylic or oil paints to decorate our candles. We do occasionally use inserts such as glass beads and stones – where inserts are used they are of a non flammable material. The customer is advised to removes stones/beads from the wax pool or holder as soon as possible and to bear in mind that they may be hot. We want your candle use to be as safe as possible.
In line with current (2014) EU candle safety regulations, all our candles are provided with a card outlining mandatory candle safety information in both written form and using pictographs. Additional candle safety and burning information is provided with each sale – please read and follow the instructions to ensure your safety and to get the best from your candle.
Ensure your remove candles from all packaging prior to lighting.
Never leave a burning candle unattended and never leave on one when you are asleep – accidents can happen if you are not aware of what your burning candle is doing. Feeling tired? Extinguish the candle.
Never place your candle near anything flammable such as a curtain. (This includes keeping them away from wooden window sills, people have been known to set fire to their window sills by having a candle pushed too close to the wood)
Keep candles away from children and animals
Keep candles away from draughts
Extinguish using a snuffer or by pinching the wick with wet fingers to prevent spatter.
Don’t burn for longer than 4 - 4.30 hours at a time
Keep the wick pool clear of debris
Don’t carry candles around – keep them on a safe and secure surface
Making the most of your candle
Our freestanding candles are designed to be burnt on a flat flameproof surface or a candlestick/holder. Many people like to burn candles inside glass ‘hurricane’ covers but we find that burning our candles inside a container isn’t the most economical way of using them, as the candle burns down the heat surrounding the enclosed candle can lead to uneven burning and wastage.
Our large pillar candles have a burn time of around 80-90 hours; our smaller pillars are around half the size and burn for around half that time. Make sure your first burn takes the wax pool right across the top of the candle – for a large pillar this will be around 4 hours, for a smaller one around 2 hours. After this burn your candle so it just reaches the edge of the last burn. That way you avoid a tunnel being formed which may lead to the wick drowning.
Make sure you keep your wick trimmed. If your flame is too large your wick may be too long. Put the candle out and when the wick has cooled just pinch it down. Some highly decorated or highly fragranced candles can cause the wick to ‘clump’ and it may need more frequent trimming. A new candle may burn with a slightly larger flame to start with. In the unlikely event that your candle won’t light, dip the unlit wick in the molten wax of another candle to get it going.