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Blacksmiths Courses
Woodworking Courses
Pottery Courses
Knitting Courses
Stained glass Courses

Blacksmithing Courses

Free course for Farm Volunteers &Tower Hamlets Residents

Friday, 6th & 20th March, 10th & 24th Apr, 1st & 15th May, 2-­4pm

A Taste of Blacksmithing

This course consists of the basic techniques required for forging. Half an hour is theory, one and a half hours practical work including: heat management, hammer management and making a small item to take home. – Duration 2 hours.

Wednesday, 11th & 25th March, 1st & 22nd Apr, 13th & 27th May 7­- 9pm

Saturday, 21st March, 25th Apr, 2nd May 10am- ­12pm

These classes are £40 per session

Blacksmith for a Day

This course is designed for those who want to learn more about and put into practice the techniques learnt on the A Taste of Blacksmithing course. The course consists of one house theory spread out over the whole day, and 5 hours practical work resulting in one or two items to take home with a 1hour lunch break.  Cost £120 – duration: 7 hours.

Saturday 28th March, 11th Apr, 30th May 10am­ – 5pm, £120 per person

All courses are 5 people maximum with safety equipment provided.

One to one blacksmithing courses

These courses are tailored to suit the individual. They can be designed to cater for specific techniques, such as forge welding, scroll work etc. or as per the introduction or basic course. Cost starting from £100 – duration 2-6 hours.


The Art of Forging 18th Apr – 23rd May 2015

A 2hr a week for 6 weeks course.  Work on you own project under the expert guidence of our professional blacksmiths.

£225 per person

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Tricks of the trade 4th – 7th Aug 2015

Four day intensive blacksmithing course.

£560 including a 2course lunch in the farms award winning Cafe

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Gift vouchers available

Educatuion courses for schools catered for

Bespoke courses for groups

To enrol and for more course information please contact Richard on 07597 056300 or email

Woodworking Courses

Three week fire by friction class

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Thursday evenings from 26th Feb 2015 to 12th March 2015, 7pm to 8pm

What could be more warming on a cold winter’s evening than learning how to coax a flame in the warmth of Barn’s wood working studio? Using traditional Green Woodwork techniques such as cleaving and shaping on a shave horse you will create your own fire set to take home at the end of the course, by which time you will have learnt how to create an ember with your set and then coax it into a flame with tinder. £50 for the three week course.


You can see the fire making process, and the fire sets that you will get to make, in the video below from our resident Green Wood Guild:


Six week stool making class

Thursday evenings from 15th Jan 2015 to 19th Feb 2015, 7pm to 8pm

Using coppiced Hazel make you’ll create your stool frame using round mortise and tenon joints made with a traditional brace and bit and then weave the seat with recycled bicycle inner tubes.

£90 for the whole course – supported by Stepney City Farm these classes are considerably cheaper than Barn the Spoon’s usual classes which are advertised through his own website. Just four places available and taught by Barn and an apprentice, with a student/ teacher ratio of 2:1 you can expect excellent support and guidance as you craft your very own stool from scratch.


Pottery Classes

Free pottery classes for unemployed residents of Tower Hamlets

These run on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm.

4th February – 8th April

13th May – 15th July

These are now all fully booked, please contact Jess if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Students enjoying using the potters' wheel.

Students enjoying using the potters’ wheel.

If you have any questions about Pottery classes please contact Jess or for information about other courses please visit her website.

Knitting Courses


Nic and Jane showing how it’s done

Nic and Jane

We are two textile teachers who have been friends for many years. Having taught separately over the last decade we have now come together at one of our favorite places, Stepney City Farm, to teach a series of classes and take part in a number of events on the farm. To contact us or to book a place please email us on

Stained Glass Courses

Coat of Glass

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Stephen started working with glass in 2012.  He attended a weekend workshop and got attracted to the skill involved in working with this media.  He soon started designing his own glass panels challenging himself to make more complicated pieces.  He built his own workshop in the back garden and this is where you can find him most of the time.

He has made commission pieces for various clients: panels and sun catchers for kids rooms and shops and panels for pre-existing damaged stained glass doors as well as newly designed ones for more modern style rooms.

It all started as a hobby, turned into a passion and has now become an obsession!

Although he enjoys the challenge of working with old stained glass style, his forte is creating colourful and funky designs: the more colours the better!  You too can have the chance to create your very own panel by taking part in a weekend course organised by Coat of Glass.

Create you own stained glass panel!

You will learn the basic techniques needed to design, cutting glass, leading, soldering.

During your two days workshop Stephen will teach you:

  • Differences between various type of glass
  • Basic techniques of design, assembly and using different tools
  • Create a panel (A4 size) with around 9 to 15 pieces of glass, using pre-designed prototypes.

Learn how to cut and grind glass and how to assemble and solder the final piece to take home with you.

Classes are conducted in groups of max 7 people. Materials and tools are included.

Workshops run from 10 – 4pm and are held every second weekend of the month here at Stepney City Farm

Workshop Prices

Two day workshop – Saturday and Sunday      £150  (over 60s £100)

(on your second day you get the chance to make a bigger and more challenging piece)

To request a booking form or for any enquiries please email:

or get in touch through our website:

A £50 deposit is required to book your spot. Deposits are non refundable unless the workshop is cancelled for any reason, in which case we’ll let you know in advance and give you the opportunity to book a later date.

In special circumstances, if you are unable to attend, we can refund your deposit on a week’s notice or re-book your place.

Materials and tools are provided. Also, gloves protective glasses, aprons and masks are available for your safety and comfort.

Please wear comfortable shoes and NO open toes (due to safety reasons). 


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