Chalk Pit Forge

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Chalk Pit Forge Amberley Museum Amberley West Sussex BN18 9LT
New Barn Road England BN18 9LP GB

Chalk Pit Forge in Amberley Museum, West Sussex has been run by Alex Smith BA [Hons] since 2008. “Being a blacksmith allows you to make anything, from tools to staircases. The blacksmith is an engineer that makes items, from metal, that will function for centuries and is an artist who can design and make a unique product that enhances beauty in your home and garden. Each piece is designed with your specifications and taste in mind.”

I work to commission making functional and sculptural pieces.  My bespoke service incudes architectural reliefs and friezes, balcony railings, balustrades, banisters, canopies, fire baskets & accessories, fire pits, follys, fountains, gates, gazebos, handrails, hinges, interior and exterior furniture, juliette balconies, keys, log burners, lights, pergolas, public art, railings, restoration, screens and dividers, sculpture, seating, signs, staircases, sundials, tables and weathervanes.


Chalk Pit Forge is set within the beautiful south downs countryside at Amberley Museum, in Amberley, West Sussex. Here, Alex Smith runs courses for anyone over 15 [please let me know if you’re 15, 16 or 17 for insurance reasons. A parent needs to attend if you’re 15]. Alex has been a blacksmith since 1998 and has learnt all the techniques involved in this fascinating craft. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a blacksmith or it is a craft you have always wanted to try, Chalk Pit Forge is the ideal place to learn as it offers a one to one hands on experience hard to find anywhere else. There are suggestions of possible things to make below, but as it’s one to one, your own ideas are an option as long as we can do it in the allotted time and I have the materials you need for the job. One day, two day, three day, four day, five day and ten day courses are available, please scroll down for details. Anything you make is all yours to take home with you and, unless you are using alot of materials, it is included in the course price. Lunch is also included.

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