What is Blacksmithing?
A blacksmith is a metalsmith who forges metal using tools like a hammer and an anvil to repair and make tools, ornamental objects, hardware, and more. Some of these techniques date back to the Bronze Age. The art of blacksmithing is beautifully illustrated in this short video featuring programme tutor Eric O’Neill and some of the learners at the ETB’s centre of excellence for Blacksmithing, College of Further Education and Training, Cappamore Campus.
Introduction to Blacksmithing
This 1-week taster programme will introduce you to different types of forges, fuels, fire, a fire set up, anvils, hammers, tongs and the approach a blacksmith takes to develop each. This programme is for you if you have some or no experience but would like to experience the creative world of blacksmithing.
Progression / Employment Opportunities
On completion you may wish to progress to our 1-year City & Guilds accredited Blacksmithing programme.
Applications for this programme are now closed but stay tuned for more information in the coming months on the next intake.
Blacksmith & Iron Craft
City & Guilds
This 9-month programme will equip you with bridging skills and knowledge in forge work. You will learn introductory forging skills, which will start you on your journey to training as a blacksmith or farrier. You will learn how to use forge hearths, forge metal and use specialist blacksmith’s tools.
On completing this City & Guilds programme, you can progress to an apprenticeship in Blacksmithing or an advanced apprenticeship in Farriery.