Gather together with makers of all levels to learn new skills and celebrate traditional crafts and regenerative living. Whether you're interested in half-day workshops or multi-week courses, there's something for everyone! Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, we offer hands-on experiences in a variety of subjects, all taught in either the beautiful studios at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design (NBCCD) or one of our partnering locations.

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FULL Learn Blacksmithing Basics: Cheese Knives | Tom Toogood

October 1, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$89.00 – $119.00
On the left, a man shapes a hot metal rod on an anvil. On the right, the metal rod is held over the fire.


Learn blacksmithing basics, and try your hand at the forge as you step into a world of rhythmic hammer strikes and glowing metal. Embark on your blacksmithing journey of transforming metal into functional household objects. Blacksmith, Tom Toogood will guide you through the time-honored techniques to help you bring your unique cheese knives to life. With hands-on experience, you’ll shape raw steel into functional works of art, mastering the art of forging and tempering along the way. Craft ​a selection of unique cheese knives and spark a passion for the forge. Join a community of learners, where knowledge and inspiration are shared in a supportive environment, catering to all skill levels. Enroll today to learn blacksmithing and experience the sheer joy of creating something remarkable with your own hands.


Regular ticket price (August 15 @ 12pm – September 24 @ 11:30pm): $119

NBCCD staff, faculty, and current students (including 2023 graduates) receive 20% off regular ticket sales while supplies last. Find the NBCCD Discount ticket below.

Additional material fee: $30 paid to instructor on the day of the workshop.

Additional Instructions: bring ​natural fibre clothing and closed toe shoes and keep in mind these courses are taking place in the casemates at NBCCD, in a covered semi-outdoor environment so please dress for the weather.

FAQ and refund information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Tom Toogood, is an expert blacksmith and the creative force behind Longdog Smithy. For the past 13 years, Tom has honed his skills and forged a reputation as a skilled artisan in the idyllic landscapes of Devon, England. Trained at Hereford College, his journey began with a deep passion for blacksmithing and a commitment to preserving age-old traditions. As Tom and his family prepare to embark on a new adventure in New Brunswick, their move marks the dawn of an exciting new chapter for Longdog Smithy, as this esteemed blacksmith carries his expertise and passion to inspire a fresh community of learners and artisans.

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October 1, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$89.00 – $119.00
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New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
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Fredericton, NB E3B 1B7 Canada
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If a request for a refund is submitted at least 14 days before the course begins, you will be eligible for a 94% refund. A 6% deduction will cover the administration costs and stripe service fee. For refund requests made between 8 and 13 days before the course begins, a 75% refund will be granted. If a refund request is received within 7 days or less before the course start date, a refund will not be issued unless we can fill your spot with another participant. In the event that a participant cannot attend an in-person course due to illness, they can receive a Honeybee voucher for 75% of the value of their course that can be paid towards another class in the future. The participant will need to notify the Honeybee Coordinator before the course begins.


If a workshop is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the instructor facilities or low enrolment, a 100% refund will be granted to registered participants. If class is cancelled due to weather, the course will be moved to the following weekend (unless otherwise specified). If you cannot attend the new scheduled time, you will be granted a 100% refund.

For more information regarding cancellations, refunds, and our policies, please refer to our frequently asked questions.