Work by Michael Budd

Blacksmith courses with one of Ireland's most experienced blacksmiths and tutors. If you ever wanted to get hands-on experience in a working forge, or maybe you have already been on a blacksmith course before and wanted to learn new techniques and skills. Here at my fully equipped forge in Co. Sligo I offer one-on-one lessons as well as workshops for small groups of up to four people. The one-on-one course are tailored to meet your skill level and needs. Course dates can be arranged to best suit you. All students leave with their creations, along with the satisfaction that it is all their own handiwork. From the moment you step foot in to the forge you will be hands-on with this ancient, yet contemporary, craft. I aim to give the complete novice a grounding in the fundamental skills of the forge. And for those who already possess some knowledge of blacksmithing they will come away with a greater understanding.

Corporate group courses can also be arranged. The forge is a perfect environment for team building and motivation. This, combined with Sligo's fantastic landscape, makes my forge the ideal place to come and reinvigorate your workforce.

There is nothing quite like working hot steel over the anvil with a hammer and I hope you will come to my forge and experience the friendly and encouraging atmosphere for yourself.

One-to-one course Cost: €200 a day tuition fee, includes all materials.

Group courses Cost: €300 per person for two day course, includes all materials.

Demonstrations Cost: €350 per day.

Date: Arranged to suit you, throughout the year. Just call or email to enquire on availability.