international award-winning designs
Experience the ancient craft of blacksmithing with artist blacksmith Jake James. Sign up for one of his popular weekend workshops or small group team-building sessions, where participants have the opportunity to forge metal (and teamwork skills).
Weekend workshops can either produce small solo projects like a fireplace poker, candlesticks, clothes hooks, or a collaborative piece.
Group team-building sessions generally result in a collaborative piece, like a small wall sculpture, that can be showcased in the workplace upon completion as a tangible product of their experience together.
Great Metchosin/East Sooke B&B accommodation is also available for out-of-towners. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jake James, the artisan educator
Jake James is a sought-after instructor, and 2013 is seeing him sharing his skills and experience on the international scene. In July, at the invitation of the Artist Blacksmiths of New South Wales, Jake delivered a one-day demonstration of design and forging to showcase his unique approach and style at the Eveleigh Railworks in Sydney, Australia. This was followed by a one-week Master Class taught for 12 students, where each student designed and built a very contemporary styled garden gate. The Eveleigh workshops house one of the only complete collections of Victorian forging equipment in the Western world. In the week prior to the class, Jake created a collaborative sculptural piece with Australian 'smith Will Maquire.
In November 2013, Jake will be returning to his alma mater to run a week-long intensive sculpture class for the 3D design undergraduates at Hereford School of Art. The course will involve the design and production of three freestanding sculptural works. This will be followed by a series of Master Class workshops at forges around the south of England and another 3-day class taught at Plumpton College near Brighton.
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