We had a fantastic day with Annabelle at Malham Smithy. Annabelle is incredibly talented and was able to pass on sufficient
knowledge and skill during the day that we both came away with two pieces that we can be proud of. Having never done any blacksmithing
before our expectations were far exceeded in terms of our individual work. If you are thinking of having a go then take the
plunge, we both had a very enjoyable day and a fantastic experience and will be returning to have another go!
10 April 2017
Was this a gift?:
What did you forge?:
A coat hook and a poker
Did you stay/eat in Malham:
We ate at the cafe at lunchtime.
submitted on December 7, 2016 3:06 PM GMT
I loved this. I have no gift for art whatsoever but that didn't put Annabelle off. She calmly explained what things I could
damage (mainly myself) and what things I shouldn't touch ("if you drop the piece you're working on, fight the instinct to
grab it, it will hurt") and spent the next few hours showing me how to make a curly hook and a bottle-opener with a slightly
wrong looking ram's head on top - the wrongness was all my doing as Annabelle's looked great. She makes a great brew and advised
that The Buck is welcoming of people in their work clothes, as well as being about twelve paces across the road and serving
Theakstones. Everyone I've told that I was doing/did this course has been/is jealous. Also quite amusing to watch the punters
come in look at me (I'm quite a big bloke) and then twig that the slim blonde next to me is actually the one who knows what
she's doing at the anvil and I'm the interloper. Great fun and hugely instructive.