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Blacksmithing Courses

Free taster course for Farm volunteers &Tower Hamlets Residents

Wednesdays 3rd and 10th December 10am-12pm
Wednesdays 21st and 28th January 10am-12pm


Introduction to 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, 19th November, 7-9pm

Wednesday, 17th December, 7-9pm

Wednesday, 7th January, 7-9pm

Saturday, 10th January, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, 14th January, 7-9pm


These classes are £40 per session or book three courses in advance for £110.blacksmithing

Basic Blacksmithing

This course is designed for those who want to learn more about and put into practice the techniques learnt on the introduction to 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: 6 hours.

Saturday, 29th November, 10-5pm, £120 per person

Saturday, 20th December, 10am-5pm, £120 per person

Saturday,31st January, 10am-5pm, £120 per peson

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.

Gift vouchers available

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

Woodworking Courses

Evening Classes

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Tuesday evenings from 17th Feb to 24th March 2015, 

7pm to 9pm

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Wednesday evenings from 18th Feb to 25th March 2015,

7pm to 9pm

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Monday evenings from 16th Feb to 23rd March 2015,

7pm to 9pm

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Each evening class is £195 for six weeks. To book a place, or for more information visit The Green Wood Guild website. 

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 Courses


Sunday Pottery Taster Sessions 

Sunday’s (10am-12pm, 1-3pm or 3.30-5.30pm), £30 per person, Maximum 4 people, adults only, booking essential.

Ideal for couples or friends to have a play, learn more about pottery and gain practical experience of working with clay. Anything made will be dried, fired and glazed for you to collect at a later date or you can return for a glazing class. This 2 hour taster session serves as a great introduction to ceramics, learn how to work with the material and use the potters wheel. To book click here.

Students enjoying using the potters' wheel.

Students enjoying using the potters’ wheel.

Beginners Pottery Throwing Evening Class

Wednesday evening (6.30-8.30pm), 4th February – 4th March or 11th March – 8th April.

This a great way to learn how to throw on the potters wheel in a small group. This 5 week course will cover the basics of throwing from preparing the clay, throwing a cylinder then moving onto a bowl and finally trimming and glazing your pieces. This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate an ideal way to both learn a new skill, practise or just make pots. Please follow this link to book.

Potters' wheels before a pottery class.

Potters’ wheels before a pottery class.

Weekend Pottery Throwing Course

Saturday and Sunday (10am-5pm both days) 7th & 8th February or 7th & 8th March, £175 for 2 days - includes all tools, materials and firing (4 students max).

This is essentially the 5 week evening course but over an intensive weekend. The first morning we focus on the basics, preparing our clay and getting the technique of throwing perfected with cylinders, with the afternoon spent working on your individual project be it mug, bowl or plate. The Sunday is spent trimming down pots, adding handles etc. then slipping your pots for decoration. Decorating slip is liquid coloured clay and a great way to finish leather hard pots before the first firing.

This weekend is a great to make headway with your throwing skills over a short focused period of time, also to complete a small project quickly. The weekend throwing course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate. The day will include two 20-minute tea breaks and an hour for lunch, either your own packed lunch or from our café or our Saturday farmers market. To book click here.

If you have any questions about Pottery classes please contact Jessica. Gift vouchers are available for all pottery classes.

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


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