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Welcome to Blacksmithing at Cold Hanworth Forge

Cold Hanworth Forge logoCold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School is based in the heart of Lincolnshire here in the UK and we are renowned for our craftmanship in ironwork. Under the guidance of professional blacksmith, Bob Oakes, we also offer professional and vocational blacksmithing courses as well as training and tuition in blacksmithing and forge work for all levels of ability.

We are a working forge as well as a blacksmithing school and our site covers all aspects of our work. From blacksmithing courses to commissions and especially the restoration and conservation of historical and heritage ironwork throughout the UK in which our expertise is second to none. You will be able to find full details of any aspects of our work from one of the links here or on the navigation menu at the top of the screen.


Our BASIC BEGINNERS COURSE:In just short of three days our Basic Beginners  must be one of the finest Blacksmithing couses  available! The sheer amount of techniques learned, the teamwork, enjoyment and social interaction developed, all add up to a thoroughly worthwhile and unforgetable experience. Listed below are the forging processes covered whilst making the beautiful hanging bracket shown in the courses menu at the top of this page. I guarantee that any one who has completed this course will be able to go to a forge and use it!

Health and safety in the workshop, Drawing down and upsetting; Forging round and square tapers and points, Forging leaves and berries, Hot splitting using a set, Forging wavy tapered motifs, Forging and riveting a tennon, hot twisting, Branch fire-welding, Making a figure of eight ended scroll, Forming freehand curves using the anvil and hammer, making collers and wraprounds, assembly and finishing.

WOW; all in three days!

Please view our introductory video on the right hand side of this page in order to see one of these courses in action, please also have your sound turned on.

Great News! We have decided to hire out forge space on a daily basis to those who have basic knowledge of forge work processes and wish to produce items of their own choosing.We are fortunate  to have a full range of workshop equipment including eight working forges, a power hammer and many blacksmithing tools. Our staff are on hand in a supervisory capacity to offer help and advice when required. PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION; 01673 866700


The Alford Bandstand
Alford Bandstand

Cold Hanworth Forge has recently completed the massive undertaking of the making of a large band stand at the Memorial Park in the town of Alford in Lincolnshire. Alford is a small rural town nestling at the foot of the Lincolnshire wolds, being famous for its working windmill, craft market, pottery, Thatched Manor house and  museum, Morris dancing, folk music and brass band. file Community workshops were held in order to gain ideas as decorative infill for the eight panels surrounding the stand. Young musicians came along, each composing two bars of music which have been collectively arranged to form the 'Alford Fanfare' now  immortalised in iron within these panels. The whole project has taken us eight months, including design, manufacture and installation; We are greatly looking forward to the official opening in July!

News from the Forge

We have places left for our next BASIC BEGINNERS COURSE: It is not too late to book for this great experience!
 I have three legvices for sale at £65.00 each. they are in very good condition, please phone me on; 01673 866700 if you are interested!
 We are now organising one day taster courses  in forgework where we offer individual tuition! Here you will produce an item of forgework which will amaze all who view the finished piece. The cost of the session is £110.00 including lunch at a local restaurant. Without doubt; I believe this to be one of the finest one day blacksmithing courses available, please call me on 01673 866700 for full details and to arrange a date when you can attend.
David Southgate who attended our last basic beginners course has emailed me;

'Hi Bob,A quick note to thank you very much for a most enjoyable course last week.
Please extend my thanks to Ryan and your other assistant for their help as
It was quite a steep learning curve for me, but I think it was coming
together quite well by the end.
I'm enjoying your book as well, about half way through now.

Thanks David! 


We now have a shop on www.Etsy.com where you may order and purchase the beautiful ironwork we can produce. Please visit our page at;




                   Cold Hanworth forge can organise the required practical tuition for taking the City and Guilds Level 2 qualification required for entrance to Farriary training. Please phone or email for futher details. Our high level of success in this subject speaks for itself!  

                     We are now producing a portable coke forge suitable for both amateur and professional craftsmen. The forge easily produces heats capable of fire-welding large sections of material and incorporates a simple and effective control of the air produced by means of a robust electric centrifugal fan. The complete unit is priced at; £525.00 ex vat, For more information, please call me on; 07885664678 


Iron In The Blood

IRON IN THE BLOOD' by Bob Oakes (alias; Frederick John Pope), has taken two and a half years to write.  The book IS NOW on sale  price £9.99 plus P&P of £2.95. (see 'PAY PAL' on the right hand side of this page) Please allow up to 14 days for delivery. Early reports are that it is a wonderful read and a must for all those interested in our courses

The book will make an excellent  birthday gift as would one of our courses, I have produced an excellent gift card for this purpose, please contact me if you are interested.


I am contemplating the organising of a four day course entitled; 'THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF HERITAGE IRONWORK' The course will include; talks by a conservation officer and a conservation architect, practical demonstrations re; restoration techniques, leafwork, repous'ee, gilding,etc. Site visits will be organised for case studys of three examples of the need for restoration which will be followed by discussion and assesment of the work  involved. The course will also include demonstrations of attaching ironwork to stone by means of lead and resin; given by a local stone mason.

If you are interesd in attending this course, please contact in order to arrange suitable dates.

Sudbrooke Gates

The photograph shows the gates for Sudbrook Park  in Lincolnshire which we lovingly restored from 'scrap condition!'.



Coke Forges

Phoenix Professional ForgeManufactured by Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School this professional forge hearth has to be one of the finest available on the market today, Complete with a 3000 rpm, 1HP single phase blower, large capacity back-bosh, breastplate and a 760mm -1mtre square hearth, 225mm deep with adjustable side gates for heating long bars. The forge is manufactured from sturdy steel plate and its canopy can be made for either side or top flue outlet. This forge costing 1200 plus vat is probably the best value around and is ideal for both amateur and professional alike. Please contact us for details of all our forging equipment.

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