Forging Hammer 101

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The forging hammer is the foundation of forging for a blacksmith. This course introduces the techniques required to create a traditional forging hammer that is the right weight, size and balance according to the body and style of the smith. 

Starting out as a block or billet of steel, students will design a hammer head, forge the billet to size, punch the eye for the handle and forge in some decorative fullers. To finish off students will heat treat the hammer head, shape the handle from spotted gum and fit it to their hammer ready for use.


  • Steel selection: hard vs tough

  • Use of oil or gas furnaces and coke forges

  • Anvil forging of large billets

  • Striking and cooperative blacksmithing

  • Punching the eye with a hydraulic press

  • Handle Shaping and fitment

  • Heat treatment

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What you will learn
  • Steel selection: hard vs tough
  • Anvil forging of large billets
  • Heat steel using oil or gas furnaces and coke forges
What you will get
  • All materials provided
  • Safety gear: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs
  • One forging hammer

What to bring
  • Just yourself!
  • Lunch and morning tea
What to wear

Please wear clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots

Appropriate for

Beginners and practicing smiths

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22 October 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

The forging hammer class was really fun and informative and Matt was a great instructor. I'd definitely recommend doing this as an intro to blacksmithing and I hope to return asap.


14 September 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

Fantastic day, Matt is an excellent teacher and the old rail yard is such a great location to work in, so much history between the walls there. Really happy with the end result and would recommend this course to anyone else who is interested in working with metal.


14 September 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

this was an wonderful course for a 14 year old. Matt confidently explained each process, had safety in hand while allowing the participants to really extend themselves. The forge was in incredible environment of working history and Matt was able to share many stories. Highly recommended.

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