You may be good with a soldering iron and a few SMD components, but real makers work with iron and steel – or something like that.

Flippancy aside, if you’re interested in picking up the basics of working with hot metal and an anvil to enhance your makers skills Dennis Kriel is hosting a day long introductory session at a forge in Pretoria on 30th May. The plan is to teach people how to make a fire poker, so you can brag about it over a braai, but the important bit will be learning how to handle your tongs.

It costs R1 250 for the day’s course, and includes lunch and refreshments. Find out more here. Today a poker, tomorrow a giant robot warrior of your own devising and all that.

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.