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Working for COSIRA, Rural Development Commission, Countryside Agency and the National School of Blacksmithing at Hereford College, Paul Allen has trained over 300 blacksmiths in the last 25 years on the NETS programme.  Following the withdrawal of Government funding for NETS forgework training in July 2010, new entrants to the trade and more Paul Allen School of Forgeworkexperienced smiths can now train with Paul at Motcombe Forge.  The Paul Allen School of Forgework will offer specialist blacksmithing skills training courses designed to meet the commercial needs of practising smiths.

Aim of the Paul Allen School of Forgework

All courses will be run on a 2:1 basis ensuring that everyone receives intensive personal tuition and support.  Combined with individual workstations, this approach will enable the opportunity to develop high quality technical skills 

Outline syllabus covering decorative, general and industrial smithing

PF-B1  Basic principles and primary operations

PF-B2  Basic scrollwork

PF-B3  General smithing 

PF-I1  Intermediate scrollwork

PF-I2  Power hammer techniques

PF-I3  Acanthus leaf work

PF-I4  Repoussé

PF-I5  Finishing



PF-A1   Advanced repoussé

PF-A2   Advanced acanthus leaf work

PF-A3   Design and construction of a complete            project using a wide range of  techniques 


Course Fees

Cost on application after discussing your requirements with Paul.  30% discount for previous NETS students and all applicants booking the complete programme of courses.

All materials, tools and equipment, safety glasses and earplugs are provided.  Lunch and refreshments are included in the price. 


Ring Paul on 07890 098992 or call the office on 01747 850458 for further information and to discuss your requirements.  E-mail through the link on our Contact page.