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Copperware and Blacksmithing

The Coppper Elf at Stanwick Lakes

The Copper Elf is priviliged to be the resident blacksmith/heritage metalworker at Stanwick Lakes. Here he teaches both blacksmith and tinsmithing in the Trading Places craft barn. The Elf also does demonstrations of blacksmithing on heritage days and special events.

Stanwick Lakes have an impressive set up where groups of four can be taught blacksmith skills using a traditional English side-blast forge, large anvils and a wide selection of hand tools. The space can also comfortably be used by groups of six people learning traditional tinsmithing work with a full range of stakes and other tools all provided.


Stanwick Lakes itself is a place of nature and history sitting in the Middle Nene Valley, Northamptonshire. The site comprises 750 acres of open space, 7 miles of walks, a café and small museum in the vistor centre, two outdoor food and drink kiosks, children's play area and much more. Archaeological excavations in the 1980s, which the Elf himself took part in, discovered Bronze Age barrows, a huge Roman villa and farm and an Anglo-Saxon village. This was all dug, recorded, cleaned and now housed at nearby Chester House. When the archaeology was complete the site was used for gravel extraction which created the large lakes. These lakes have returned to nature. Rockingham Forest Trust have carefully managed the walks and buildings to allow visitors to share the space with the wildlife.

Learning with the Copper Elf at Stanwick Lakes has the benefits of a large purpose built craft teaching space. In the colder months there is even a log fire to keep the tinsmiths warm. The cost of the day includes free parking for the day and complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits. For lunch you can bring your own to eat on the benches over looking the lakes or buy a meal at the café or kiosk.

Blacksmithing at Stanwick Lakes

Blacksmithing at Stanwick Lakes

During your day at Stanwick Lakes you will learn traditional balcksmithing skills including:

  • Taking a heat
  • Drawing out
  • Scrolling
  • Twisting
  • Cutting and splitting
  • Traditional finishes
You will meake a S-hook, key fob, beer bottle opener and a toasting/BBQ fork.

Tinsmithing at Stanwick Lakes

During your day at Stanwick Lakes you will learn traditional tinplate working skills including:

  • Marking from templates
  • Cutting
  • Forming shapes with stake tools
  • Wiring edges
  • Seams and joints
  • Soldering
You will meake a wall hanging candle scone and then have the choice of making more sconces, a candle carrier, pastry cutter or a cup.

Tinmithing and Blacksmith at Stanwick Lakes
Tinmithing at Stanwick Lakes