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Introductory Bladesmithing

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About the event

A series of introductory bladesmith courses aimed at diversifying the stereotypical smithing community.

With an aim to attract interest from a new generation of smiths or feed the dreams of anyone who has wishes to try their hands at making their own knife – caters to the total beginner to more experienced looking to deepen their understanding about this ancient craft.

With RDS Crafts Award winning bladesmith Sam Gleeson from his forge in Clare.


Where is it taking place?

Bushyvale house
Milltown malbay

Who is it suitable for?



The workshop is located at my house, access to toilets and wash facilities is available as is refreshments.

Disabled access is possible, but the nature of the activity would require prior contact to ensure we are able to accommodate.

PPE will be provided for students but all attending are advised to wear sturdy footwear, jeans and long sleeves

When is it taking place?

Saturday 19th of August, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Do you need to book?

Free. Booing will be ticket application through instagram – thisiswhatwedoo/ and website –

Contact details


Additional information 

Taught by RDS Crafts Award winning bladesmith Sam Gleeson from his forge in Clare and supported by Ennistymon Arts Trail and The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths

Working with hand tools to shape hot metal, fire quenching, grinding and sharpening – all the skills of the bladesmith will be explored and explained to give all participants the chance to leave with a knife made by their own hands.

Light lunch and refreshments provided, on site parking and facilities available.

In association with Ennistymon Arts trail and The Society of Inclusive Blacksmiths. This event is also part of National Heritage Week


Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Visual Artists Ireland


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Sam Gleeson & This is what i do studio

Starts: Sat 19 Aug at 9:30 am

Ends: Sat 19 Aug at 5:30 pm

Craft Type: Blacksmithing and Metalworking

Event Location: Clare

Event Type: Workshop

Price: Free