Fire Forge and Furnace

By Eden Jolly
Getting Stuff Hot since 1992!

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Are you looking for an unusual way to celebrate with friends and family? An opportunity to relax, take time out for yourself? Or a bespoke piece of art for your home or garden? Eden has 30 years of experience working in the field of sculpture. He has three strands to his professional offer. To find out more about possible packages keep on reading - these are suggestions only - we can tailor these to your requirements. And if you can't decide you can purchase a voucher and think about it! These are available at our 'vouchers ' tab - or you can just email us. We are fully mobile and can travel anywhere in Scotland, UK or further!
Prices are based on numbers as noted for each workshop / event, but can be adapted on request for smaller / larger groups if health and safety allows. There may be additional costs for travel or venue hire  if required

1 - ACADEMY OF FIRE

Metal casting and stone carving workshops will be offered in a range of venues throughout the course of the year - to check out opportunities please view our events page - we are also on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/FireForgeFurnace

Eden is also available to provide freelance and consultancy work to organisations or individuals who wish to commission his skills in metal casting, stone work and forging - price on application

Examples of this offer include:-
  • Bronze Age Casting This is an opportunity to take several large steps back in time and explore an ancient bronze casting technique. The materials we will use are simple - wax, clay, sand, charcoal, and dried horse manure. From the wax we will make small objects based around local Pictish carvings and press loam around it making a mould. We will build a small furnace from sand clay and horse manure. With the charcoal we will gently cure the furnace and melt out the moulds. Finally, using bellows you will heat the bronze in a small crucible and pour it into the mould. After a short while we can open the moulds and see the results of our labour. This is a low tech, quiet and bonding process, it can take an hour of pumping the bellows to get the metal to pouring temperature, around 1270C Cost - £200 per head - this course takes place over 2 days
  • Bronze casting - Using modern techniques, this is an excellent way to learn about the casting process and produce a small piece of sculpture or a tool. Cost £100 per head for a 1 day course
  • Cuttlefish Casting - Bronze or white metal. Have fun meeting each other as you each carve or press a simple design into a cuttlefish bone. Then one by one Eden will guide you in pouring molten white metal or bronze into your mould and VOILA you have created a small cast.  It is also an incredibly relaxing and soothing process! - Numbers 8-15. Cost £45 per head - white metal  / £50 per head bronze

2 - HOTTER THAN HADES

Eden can offer bespoke bronze and aluminium pours at your own location - this is a unique and interactive way to celebrate big events with friends and family - imagine this for your wedding, engagement, a big birthday - whatever is important to you. We can also offer a local (Aberdeenshire) venue if preferred. At the end of these events all participants will have cast a memento in either bronze or aluminium. He can also make mementos for you, using your own information. The Bronze Age Casting referenced above is also an option for private events

  • FORGING FRIENDSHIPS - Get your stags to channel their inner blacksmiths with a hammer and some hot coals to forge a bottle opener in iron that they will take away. The session will finish with a bottle of beer with each stag using their own hand crafted opener , a great photo opportunity! - Cost £90 per head (numbers limited to 4)
  • CHUMS CHARMS and CHATTER  - Get your hens round a table and have fun catching up as you each carve or press a simple design into a cuttlefish bone. Then one by one Eden will guide you in pouring molten metal into your mould and VOILA you have created a small charm you can use as jewellery or a Xmas decoration. This session finishes with a glass of fizz. It is also an incredibly relaxing and soothing process! - Cost £50 per head (numbers 8-15)
  • CARVE OUT SOME TIME - A stone carving taster session -We will look at different tools, their uses and effect on stone and the health and safety aspects relating to common and local stone types. After this we will start carving letters into slate, both incised and raised. Letter carving is a good process in learning how to handle a chisel and is actually good fun!  - cost £90 per head (numbers limited to 4)
  • INCREDIBLE IRON- For the ultimate, most spectacular finale to an event - an Iron Pour! There are some images of this in the portfolio - sparks, flames, drama - better than any firework display. A few lucky people can assist and the rest of you can watch the performance unfold - Cost on application - can be linked to other events
  • LOVE SCULPTURE? - A bespoke event just for the 2 of you! Getting engaged or married? An anniversary or just quality time together. Have Eden all to yourselves for either a stone carving workshop, a cuttlefish casting course (white metal and bronze included), or a forge workshop. You might want to tie into an important anniversary - Iron - 6th; Bronze - 8th; Aluminium - 10th.  Cost £300 per couple
3 - MR MELTY
CHARMING CHILDREN (or for adults who want to channel their inner child!)  - Host a unique party for your little angels who will each carve a small charm out of cuttlefish bone and have Eden help them cast this in metal. Party games optional! - Cost £40 per head

Additional information
Eden is registered in the PVG scheme with Disclosure Scotland, and is an emergency first aider. All events are fully risk assessed. We are an inclusive organisation - If you or anyone attending an event has any specific requirements, please let us know

Don't forget to let us know any specific requests, dates and numbers in contact form-we can adapt prices to numbers and mix and match the offer! Give us a call or email if you need more information




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  • Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Gayle, Aberdeenshire
     

We booked a bronze casting session with Eden for our brother's 50th birthday and the experience was memorable in all of the best ways. After enjoying Maxine's warming and delicious breakfast, Eden led us through this amazing process step by step, bringing fun, insight and of course fire! We loved the day and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this technique or simply looking for a different way to mark a special occasion. We ended up with unique bronze casts that we'll keep forever. 10 out of 10!

Lola, Aberdeenshire
     

Thanks so much for such a fun and interesting day. We both had a great time and love our pieces. I will recommend and hand out your cards for sure

Alan and Emma, Cullen, Moray
     

Mr Melty – Brilliant!! I cannot thank Eden and Maxine enough for the afternoon of learning and fun regarding the cuttlefish workshop and bronze works with my daughter. Mr Melty arrived and instantly engaged my daughter to the activities, all assisted in setting up equipment, activities explained, all equipment, tooling, PPE and safety aspects implemented and then the fun begun! Great, different activity that was enjoyed by both myself and my daughter, again thanks Eden and Maxine, Emma also loved the ice cream cone!

Phil Gaiter; Rector of The Gordon Schools, Aberdeenshire
     

The Gordon Schools in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, highly recommend and endorse the services of Eden. He has worked with extremely disengaged S3 & Senior Phase pupils as well as whole classes studying Art & Design. The end results were extremely positive in both cases! Our disengaged pupils returned to school life more confident and focussed, ending-up in positive destinations. One of them won School Prizes in Art & Design later in their school career and another went on to Art College. The Art classes loved the fire and forge experience, really capturing their imagination and stimulating their creativity. Eden is very inclusive, has a great approach with young people and gets the best out them. Give his services a go – everyone ends up with a smile on their face!

Nicola and Phil, Northumberland, England
     

My brother has learning disabilities and has visited Eden and his family over the past few years. Each visit has included time spent with Eden at his forge and furnace. Philip has created some amazing and beautiful pieces of cast bronze with the support and guidance of Eden. I highly recommend attending one of his courses

Iain, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
     

Spent a great day , getting steel and myself hot! and with Edens guidance knocked up a knife a candleholder and a twirly steel coat hook and other decorative item. Eden is great and lets you get on with things giving just the right amount of input and instruction. The chat is for free ! Highly recommend

George, Regents Proferssor Emeritus, Atlanta, USA
     

Eden possesses an amazing number of technical skills combined with an engaging personality and great work ethic. He gets the job done!

Ben- Artist and curator, USA
     

Working with Eden is an extraordinary experience. He is extremely knowledgable and good at sensitively passing on that experience and knowledge. However, more to the point, he is one of the most positive and engaging people I’ve been blessed to work with. If we were talking a five star rating system, I’d give him six!

Andy, Aberdeenshire (forge and stone carving workshop)
     

Thanks for your time and tuition! Both the forge and stone workshops were great- would definitely recommend people to try if they are curious

Sarah, London, England (formerly Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
     

You never forget the first time you see a metal forge in action, all the colours and the smells of an ancient world - full of danger and promise and searing heat. I remember seeing the different flame colours as the metal heats up and being completely transfixed, growing up to follow a career in chemistry as a result. Eden always created an atmosphere of great energy and creativity, and was the mastermind behind so many of my favourite childhood memories - creating a huge mural in the school hall, pouring out metal depictions of the local area, treasure hunts as little red riding hood in the woods, and the unforgettable village Gala. Whenever he came to school we knew it would be a day full of magic and exciting adventures, and I am really grateful for the sheer creativity and fun that was forged there.

Ana, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
     

Eden has a wealth of knowledge and experience making sculpture in a range of materials, which include bronze, iron, steel, wood and stone. He has a positive “can-do” attitude, and is a problem-solver. Without Eden’s advice and help, I would not have managed to make the three bronze, life-size figure sculptures or the smaller, but just as challenging, sculptures.

Lucy, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
     

Eden came to my friends stag do to do an iron pour. Some of us got to get involved with the pour and we all got a unique and everlasting memento from the day. It was a good laugh and something memorable and completely different to what I've done before on a stag!

Mary, Arizona, USA
     

I have known Eden for over25 years as a master craftsman and expert in the foundry and metal forging arts, to mention a few of his many skills. He is a true professional and is known and respected internationally. Eden is exceptionally generous as a teacher and mentor. He is helping and giving at every turn, and has an incredibly deep body of working knowledge in the field

Mary, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
     

I have worked with Eden Jolly in various capacities over the last 30 years. Working with Eden is always hugely rewarding and enjoyable, while you also have the reassurance of knowing you are in safe and expert hands.

Stephen, Technician@Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Scotland
     

Eden Jolly is a truly illuminating, empowering and thoroughly entertaining master of his crafts. You'll love working and learning with him, and want to do so again and again.

Coral - Sculptor and Educator, UK/USA
     

My experience working with Eden over the past twenty years or so has always been an honor. He is a true professional who is extremely knowledgeable about his craft and on top of that his approach is caring and fun. He is a generous teacher and mentor to a diverse range of students and artists; I only wish we could work together more often!!

Hollie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
    

It was a great afternoon - really enjoyed the creative process making something unique to take home! Eden is very personable and friendly (Cuttlefish casting course)

Jane, Drumblade, Aberdeenshire
     

Really absorbing - Eden's instruction and humour made it fun and broke the ice and enabled us to feel confident to give it a go. A really fun achievement! (Cuttlefish casting)

Rachel, Strachan, Aberdeenshire
     

The creative process, the social connection, learning a new craft- great hosts and demonstrations! (Cutttlefish casting)

Gill, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire
     

Fun activity that was informative, mindful and engrossing. Great company, nibbles and fizz! Mt Melty - what a character! Little extras included such as blankets and pens - such a treat (Cuttlefish casting)

Matt -Owner / Educator at Toole Sculpture Works, LLC, USA
     

I have worked with Eden on a variety of projects for over 24 years. His expertise in the field of metal working and sculpture is unparalleled. He is highly competent and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He maintains a high level of professionalism and brings a great enthusiasm to teaching others about the craft. Eden Jolly has been a great mentor to so many people and continues to share the joys of making.

Stephen, Glasgow
     

Eden came to my friends stag do to do an iron pour. Some of us got to get involved with the pour and we all got a unique and everlasting memento from the day. It was a good laugh and something memorable and completely different to what I've done before on a stag!

Robbie; Aberdeenshire
     

Good instruction and information with the task in hand (cuttlefish casting)

Maggie; Aberdeenshire
     

The atmosphere, the freedom to create, the skill of Eden and the friendliness and professionalism of Maxine (cuttlefish casting)

Emma; Aberdeenshire
     

Fantastic venue - really enjoyed the hands on demonstration and loved making my casting. Very informative and friendly (Cuttlefish casting)

Sean, Aberdeenshire
     

The whole workshop was well planned and executed (introduction to stone carving)

Georgiana (age 9); Kildrummy; Aberdeenshire

I enjoyed carving the cuttlefish bone. You are so good you do not need to improve (cuttlefish casting)

Lynn, Aberdeenshire
     

I just loved the relaxing artistic experience - a great learning opportunity which was really great fun - well done Eden and Max (cuttlefish casting)

Rueben (age 10) Aberdeen
     

I loved carving out cuttlefish and turning the handle for the furnace. It was really exciting and fun (cuttlefish carving and bronze demo)

Alistair; Aberdeenshire
     

I enjoyed the whole process from thinking of a design to finished item (cuttlefish casting)

Vaila; Aberdeenshire
     

I enjoyed everything! Tuition, practical work, pouring, breaking the mould, refining finished article (cuttlefish casting)

Ella (age 8) Aberdeen
     

I loved pouring in the metal. It was so much fun and I feel so happy (cuttlefish carving and bronze demo)

Corrie, Aberdeen
     

Thank you Max and Eden for making such a special, memorable experience and for engaging with the children so well (cuttlefish carving and bronze demo)

Lynne, Aberdeenshire
     

Enjoyed the whole process - very well explained at every stage - pleased with my finished piece. Lots of info and loved watching the furnace. everything was done so well - excellent! (cuttlefish carving and bronze demo)

Scott, Aberdeen
     

What a fantastic day, and the knowledge and skills passed on by Eden, were mind blowing to say the least, the whole experience was one that will not end just as the day finished but will always be a talking point in the future, this is something that can be enjoyed as an individual and also as a group or team building exercise if the discussions in the car are anything to go by. A great set up totally health and safety orientated, but loads of fun and full of facts to amaze, well worth it on all accounts. Thank you Eden for sharing your skills and above all your excellent knowledge 🥳🥳

  •  25/05/2024 11:26 AM - 25/05/2024 05:26 PM
  •   Greenmyres
  •  18/05/2024 11:00 AM - 18/05/2024 05:00 PM
  •   Greenmyres, Huntly
  •  29/10/2023 01:00 PM - 29/10/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Greenmyres Huntly
  •  20/08/2023 01:00 AM - 20/08/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Greenmyres Eco bothy

A workshop for either beginners or those with some experience to hand forge - examples have included bottle openers, herb choppers, pizza cutters..

  •  11/08/2023 10:00 AM - 14/08/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Elsewhere, Modbury, Ivybridge, Devon, UK

Four days of fun at Elsewhere farm in Devon - cuttlefish (white metal and bronze) and bronze age casting - camping available. See Eventbrite link for details and prices

  •  02/07/2023 01:00 PM - 02/07/2023 01:00 PM
  •   Moray Arts Centre
  •  18/06/2023 01:00 PM - 18/06/2023 04:00 AM
  •   Greenmyres bothy
  • £40
  •  17/06/2023 01:00 PM - 17/06/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Inverurie, UK

This is a fundraiser for https://soldierscharity.org/ All profits go to the charity

  •  27/05/2023 01:00 PM - 28/05/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Greenmyres Eco Bothy - Huntly

this is an opportunity to use traditional bronze age casting methods - £200 per head across the 2 days

  •  07/05/2023 10:30 PM - 07/05/2023 01:30 PM
  •   Gellan, Aboyne

£80 per head - can be booked along with the stone carving workshop in afternoon. All PPE is provided

  •  07/05/2023 02:00 PM - 07/05/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Gellan, Aboyne

£80 per head - can be booked with the forge workshop in the morning. All PPE and materials provided

  • £80
  •  18/03/2023 01:00 PM - 18/03/2023 04:00 PM
  •   Greenmyres Huntly

An introduction to stonecarving

  •  18/02/2023 12:42 PM
  •   Fife Arms Hotel; Braemar

This is a course for children - a fab opportunity for them to learn about a simple casting process

  • £35
  •  29/01/2023 01:00 PM - 29/01/2023 04:00 AM
  •   Greenmyres Bothy

This is an opportunity to take part in a cuttlefish casting course - possibly to make a charm for a loved one for valentines!