Last Sunday, instead of doing normal Sunday things like having a lie in and going for brunch, Reading the paper in the pub or watching some football, myself and my mate Rob became Blacksmiths.
There is a very cool little forge by the name of Calnan and Anhoj in Russborough House near Blessington that run one or two day introductory courses in forging. It was one of these that Rob got me for my Birthday this year. On Sunday last we headed off to learn how to forge our very own knives.
The end result.
The knives made by the whole group.
The day was tough, the hammers and heavy and punding them off semi solid steel for six hours with give you fore-arm cramps like you wouldn’t believe, The heat from the fires was intense and your back gets pretty stiff pretty fast bending over an anvil. It is hard work but it was incredibly rewarding. The forge is an amazing space to work and every step of the way was clearly shown to us.
I can’t recommend this place enough. Definitely check it out.