Smithing and Wordsmithcrafts Studio

(When Covid safety allows)

The Studio is set up to help people learn a broad range of traditional crafts. In particular, if you would like to have a go at black or silver smithing

- especially in a way where you will experience the simple techniques of fire and hammer, rather than modern steel alloys and grinding-

Then you can book a workshop for yourself, or a small group. Come and have a day to remember or an evening session in the Wordsmithcrafts Workshop. Costs are outlined in my "terms" below

Or, because I use simple proceadures,   I could even travel to you and set up anywhere where it is safe to BBQ. I have provided this service for re-enactment groups, and even film companies wanting to enhance their levels of realism.

Have forge, will travel!


Please contact me to book, or for further details.


Smithing Workshops

A wee snapshot of the studios story 

Wordsmithcrafts is a haven for a boat, building community and for people to access their heritage to inspire artistic creativity. 

Wordsmithcrafts medieval craft club ran once a week week exploring how to make clothes, jewellery and even lanterns for the Dumfries Carnival parades organised as part of the Big Burns Supper. The facebook group still exists as an archive of interesting links. 

The local VIKINGS group (Galloway Longfhada) was formed in and set sail from the studio.

We have  provided resources and information for projects such as the Hidden Histories of Gallovidia, local museums and ran a project were young artists could explore the possibility of a career in the creative industries.

During lockdown we have created an "Online Longhouse" for storytelling, and have continued to connect people with their heritage as well as helping them to keep an eye on the horizon while staying safe.

These heritage services supported the "Cluaran" voluntary organisation, which has now become a Wordsmithcrafts C.I.C. project. Find out more on the Cluaran Website 

all content and images © Wordsmithcrafts - last update 1-mar-22