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19th Aug 2023
to 20th Aug 2023

Age Range

This is What I do Studio

Bushyvale House
Miltown Malbay

Introduction to Smithing

Join us during the weekend for a series of introductory bladesmith courses aimed at diversifying the stereotypical smithing community. As part of the Island wide August Craft Month and the National Heritage Week we will be offering a number of courses in the craft of blade smithing.

We want to bring forth a new generation of smiths and feed the dreams of anyone who wishes to try their hand at making their own knife. The workshops will cater for the total beginner to more experienced looking to deepen their understanding about this ancient craft.

The workshops will be delivered by RDS Crafts Award winning bladesmith Sam Gleeson from his forge in Clare and supported by Ennistymon Arts Trail and The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths.

All the skills of the bladesmith will be explored and participants will leave with a knife made by their own hands. Participants will work with hand tools to shape hot metal, fire quenching and grinding and sharpening.  Light lunch and refreshments will be provided and there is on-site parking and facilities available.

Applications to be made for placements through contact on website or email

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

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