17th Century Forge Experience Day
The only fully working replica 17th Century forge in the UK
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We apologise but due to other commitments we are currently unable to offer C17th Forge Experience days for next year
Cost = £150.00
Maximum of two experience day attendees in the forge.
£75 deposit payable when booking.
The remaining £75 to be paid 7 days prior to the experience day.
Friends/family as spectators are free and are welcome
All proceeds go to the Gosport Living History Society Charity to help with the upkeep of the village.
Start Time = 09:00
End time = 17:00 (approx)
The day will start at 9:00 with a brief safety chat after which you will prepare and light the fire using a flint and steel. David will then show you around the forge and the tools and equipment that you’ll be using. On a typical experience day you will start off making a hand forged square rose head nail. Look carefully at a wooden beam in any old building and you’ll be sure to see this type of nail. The great thing about making a nail is it will allow you to quickly become familiar with the old anvils, how hard/soft to hit the metal and to become familiar with the forge environment. Then you'll make other period items, depending on your experience some items can take longer than you think, and remember it is quite physical work so it’s important to pace yourself.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks and water or juice. The only thing we can't provide is lunch so you'll need to bring your own, however you are more than welcome to cook your lunch over the forge as we would have done 400 years ago. .
Although there are no age restrictions, I would recommend a minimum age of 16 purely due to the heavy work involved.