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HTN 47 - The Blacksmiths Workshop is offering in two training courses next year

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Conrad Hicks, a Blacksmiths Forge, has started a non-profit training

organisation for blacksmiths, called the Blacksmith’s Workshop Trust.

They will be running a number of different training courses in 2006; these will vary in length from two-week intensive tool making course to a full-time yearlong Learner ship recognised by the Mappp Seta. At this stage they are trying to assess the interest from people in their network for blacksmith training.

The courses will be held in Cape Town at the Blacksmith’s Forge in Observatory. They are planning to offer their first short course from 20 February - 3 March. Brent Bailey, a Master Artist Blacksmith and toolmaker will be there from the States and will be running a two week tool making course. Brent is a very experienced trainer and has run numerous courses in the States, Peru and Zimbabwe.

The organisationare also hoping to get Alfred Habermann from the Czech Republic there in March - still to be confirmed.

The long course will be in line with the Blacksmithing Standards developed by the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association, an ABANA (Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America) Affiliate."

The Details

The Bijou, 178 Lower Main Road
Cape Town
Tel: 021 447 5066
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Artist Blacksmithing 1 year course
Course content: Basic Blacksmithing, you will be taught and will make, use and equip yourself with all the hand tools and skills needed to work as an artist blacksmith. Design and business skills electives will also be offered. The Course will be overseen and some modules taught by Conrad Hicks.
Fee: R25 000 (payment plans are available)
Limited Bursaries are available - please contact us for more information.
Includes: materials, equipment, safety gear and textbooks
Dates: 30 January - 30 November 2005
What to bring: tool box, strong clothing no synthetic fabrics, good attitude, be prepared for hard work, healthy and fit, people with physical disadvantages should consult first. The course is open to people of ages16 onwards. We can accommodate all levels of experience.
At the end of the first year students will have an option to continue into a second year of more advanced training.
Space is limited - please book early

Short courses will be advertised during the course of the year.

Two Week Tool Making Course
Brent Bailey is a Master Artist Blacksmith and tool maker based in California. He is very experienced and teachers tool making all over the states and Peru. Brent has been given a grant by the Artist Blackmith Association of North America to come to the Blacksmiths Workshop for two months. He will run a two week tool making course while he is here.
Dates 20 February - 3 March 2006
Fee: R2000
No previous experience required.
Space is limited - please book earlyShort courses will be offered by visiting Blacksmiths through out the year - we will keep you posted
For registration forms or more information and course details please contact Dammon Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 447 5066 or
082 717 0993
Dammon Rice and Conrad Hicks
The Blacksmiths Workshop s a non-profit Trust.

The vision is of a renaissance in the ancient craft of the African Blacksmith to stimulate jobs in a niche market in the South African economy.
The Blacksmiths Workshop will train , men and women as blacksmiths, enabling them to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs.
Non-racialism, employment equity, empowerment, non-sexism, productivity, innovation, excellence, self-respect, dignity.

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