Bladesmithing at Hot Milk Forge

Bladesmithing with hot fire

  • £170 per person
  • Ballymena, County Antrim
  • 2-day blacksmithing course

About your host, Eamonn

I have been an artist/sculptor since 2003 with blacksmithing being an integral part of my artistry for more than 10 years. My passion for this fascinating art form lead me to found Tannaghmore Blacksmiths Workshop where I am a tutor and to complete a two year artist residency at The University of Ulster. I then decided to give my demonstrations and teachings a permanent home and Hot Milk Forge was born.

With its name rooted in the historical milking parlour here before the workshop, and its location being set on my family farm, Hot Milk Forge offers an authentic and unforgettable insight into this artistic medium.

What to expect

An unmissable infusion of fire and artistic expression to create something truly spectacular.

Forget electricity, you'll be welding with fire at Hot Milk Forge. This is blacksmithing with an artistic twist - you'll shape your own blade using a traditional forge and anvil, completed with wooden and horn handles.

We'll show you the basic skills of bladesmithing, such as tempering and hardening as well as modern bladesmithing techniques, to ensure you gain an all-rounded insight into blacksmithing as an artistic expression. If your creations leave you inspired to make more, there are follow-up weekends to take your new found skills even further.

What’s included

Day 1: The first knife you will make is a Tanto with par-cord handle. It'll be your opportunity to get to grips with the colours/heat you need to work your tool steel at, basic blacksmithing hammer techniques, and most importantly how to use fire to shape the blade of your dreams.

Day 2: The next blade we will be doing will possess a Japanese hidden tang. This will be your first step into creating a wooden handle (what type of knife is your choice). You will learn how to attach it securely, choose your wood, and shape it to your taste. If we've time we'll also make a fully hidden tang wooden handle knife.