Fascinating and practical introductory course in Charcoal Making using steel ring kilns. Suitable for anyone wanting to learn this sustainable black art to produce high quality charcoal.
What better place on earth to learn the subject than at the axe making forge of Gransfors Bruk in astonishingly beautiful rural Sweden near Bergsjo. An adventure in itself.
Of course, it was charcoal many hundreds of years ago that originally enabled axe smiths to forge axes!
Make it an experience of a life time to visit the world famous Gransfors Bruk Axe Forge.
In some places, history and tradition converge with modern times in a completely natural way. One such place is Gränsfors.
Firmly established along a meandering river, Gränsfors is situated in the north of Hälsingland. Just a short detour off the busy E4 motorway, you will find yourself in a world you thought no longer existed.
A vibrant culture of craft and industry has thrived here for hundreds of years. Mills, stove-builders, breweries, sawmills, forges and much more have been in operation along the river at one time or another.
Day 1 is a long one. We’ll start at about 9 am and finish late into the evening at around 9 pm. We’ll make charcoal in a 6’ commercial steel ring kiln and a ‘hobby’ mini kiln.
Day 2 starts slightly later at 10am and finishes around 1: 00pm. During this shorter session, we’ll open up the cooled kilns to assess the results, empty the kilns then grade and bag the charcoal.
We’ll discuss the specification and characteristics of good quality charcoal suitable for the barbeque or use as bio-coal in your garden. Locally made charcoal is a fantastic sustainable woodland product. You will of course take home a bag of the made charcoal.
Instruction will be in English only.
What you need to bring?
Work overalls, work gloves, strong boots, warm evening clothes – and a willingness to get dirty!
Course information | What's included in the price:
- Practical instruction for 2 days
- Breakfast, lunch, 2x coffee and dinner for 2 days; breakfast always starts at 8:00am
- Accommodation in log cabins: 2 nights, night before the course and following night.
- Request for an individual room is an additional 400 SEK (approx £40)
Follow this link to the GRANSFORS BRUK WEBSITE
Gransfors Bruk will need to know which course(s) you want to attend, name, address, telephone and e-mail as well as any extra information about individual accommodation and special food.
After the course registration, Gransfors Bruk will send a confirmation along with information and invoice.