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Blacksmithing Courses

Free taster course for Farm volunteers &Tower Hamlets Residents

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

Friday, 6th February, 2-4pm

blacksmithingIntroduction 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, 7th January, 7-9pm

Saturday, 10th January, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, 14th January, 7-9pm

Wednesday, 11th February,7-9pm

Saturday, 14th February, 10am-12pm

Wednesday, 18th February, 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,31st January, 10am-5pm, £120 per peson

Saturday, 28th February, 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.


Tricks of the trade 4th – 7th Aug 2015

Four day intensive blacksmithing course.

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

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Gift vouchers available

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 evening from 2-4pm and Spring term starts up again on February 4th.

Students enjoying using the potters' wheel.

Students enjoying using the potters’ wheel.

If you have any questions about Pottery classes please contact Jessica.

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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