The Complete Axe Course at Thorn Wood Forge

This 3 day intensive course at Thorn Wood Forge  in Hinton Saint George, Somerset, will guide you through the art of crafting your very own hatchet-style axe, from inception to completion. 

Immerse yourself in this engaging experience led by a skilled duo of Blacksmiths, who will expertly mentor you through the intricate stages of forging, heat-treating, grinding and hafting over the first two days.

The third and final day will be hosted by The Wilderness Survival Guide author Joe O’Leary and focuses on using 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 or the sparks from a fire steel. No previous experience is required

 What's included...

  • Forge your own axe from start to finish
  • Haft your axe (craft and fit the handle)
  • A full day of axe skills with Joe O'Leary
  • Tea & coffee throughout the day
  • Fully catered lunch & dinner by forge cook Al




Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to not only make the tools, but also how to use them on your adventures!

Spaces on this course are limited to just six people!




The Complete Axe Course at Thorn Wood Forge

The Complete Axe Course

3 days

16-Aug-2024 to 18-Aug-2024

Start 09.00

Finish 18.00


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