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The Devon blacksmith, Richard Bent, offers people the experience of working with him at Red Anvil Forge, Halwell.

The working forge has four coal fires, two gas furnaces, anvils, hammer and tongs and working space for six people
The working forge has four coal fires, two gas furnaces, anvils, hammer and tongs and working space for six people

One- and two-day courses of expert tuition in a professional blacksmith’s forge. 

The tradition way of working hot metal, using fire and anvil, hammer and hand, is the bedrock of the tuition provided by Eminent Master Blacksmith, Richard Bent FWCB, at Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing, based near Halwell in South Devon.

Tradition and history are vital to the survival of this ancient craft, but so is a modern approach to working practices.  

The basis of the courses is hand skills, which when mastered, transfer to modern equipment such as air driven power hammers and hydraulic press work.

The modern blacksmith in Devon, as well as across Britain and the World, is an all-round performer, Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing offers courses which reflect this ethos.

The motto of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, reads

‘By hammer and hand all arts do stand’, 

the tuition offered by Richard Bent at Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing fits nicely with that wording.

Red Anvil School of Blacksmithing blends craft with art, art with craft, educationally, technically and practically.

ONE PLACE AVAILABLE SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2020 and SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2020 due to cancellations.  All other courses fully booked 

We will be publishing dates for 2021 as soon as we are able, but are just keeping an eye on the Covid-19 situation as we don’t want to disappoint students by having to cancel courses.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Please continue to view the website for updates.  

To make a booking for a course please email Linda Bent at


Linda will respond by emailing a booking form which details course dates, available places and the method of payment.  When you have completed the form please return preferably by email. Places are secured by payment in full at the time of booking   

It is possible to purchase a voucher, valid for one year, to enable the course to be given as a gift.  

Every endeavour is made to make the course enjoyable, yet challenging.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available for booking locally, with a range of venues from which to choose.  We can supply details of B&B

The forge is located in the South Hams area of Devon, within easy reach of Dartmoor and the sea.  The area has plenty of visitor attractions to make life interesting for any accompanying companions, craft outlets, coast and beach walks, river boat trips, scenic railway journeys, many National Trust properties and places to eat and drink.