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Axe Forging Workshop

A new course for 2019, this three day workshop is a collaboration between blacksmith Alex Pole and The Wilderness Survival Guide
author Joe O’Leary.

Alex travelled to Sweden in 2014 to learn axe making at Gransfors Bruks, the world renowned axe making factory.  Here he discovered a love of these tools and has spent the following years honing his skills and perfecting his style.

You will spend the first two days of the workshop with Alex learning how to forge a single piece hatchet style axe head.  After hardening, tempering and grinding you will fit an ash handle and your axe will be ready to use.

Day three will be spent with Joe learning how to use the axe safely and efficiently, cutting, splitting and carving green and seasoned wood to make various bush crafts (ash mallet, tent pegs, spatula) as well as transforming a seasoned log into all the individual components needed to create fire using just one match.

This course will be run from Alex's forge and workshop near Crewkerne in Somerset and is fully catered by a local cook, providing exceptionally tasty meals from locally sourced produce.

Camping is free in the orchard adjacent to the forge

This course is now fully booked, please get in touch to add your name to our waiting list for cancellation places.


Axe Forging Workshop

Axe Forging Workshop

3 days

10-Apr-2019 to 12-Apr-2019

18-Apr-2019 to 20-Apr-2019

Start 09.00

Finish 18.00


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