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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12 February 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

had a great day and got to work in a fantastic building full of old word charm and came home with a great hand made tool that can become a family heirloom. would love to come back and do another project. Kind regards Phil Cutler


01 December 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

A great course. Matt is an incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. The only problem is getting him to shut up about the amazing history of the Eveleigh workshop to start the course! Every aspect of the process was carefully explained and demonstrated. We used a hydrolic press, hand tools and grinders to form and shape our hammers. I am thrilled by the result, even if mine is quite wonky. For a first hammer, I’m delighted. I can’t recommend this course too highly if you enjoy working with tools and your hands. You’ll love it.


27 November 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

This course was very informative, relaxed environment, the teacher has SO MUCH knowledge, and most importantly it was a very fun way to spend the day. I have been using the hammer I made at work and I'm so proud of it. I recommend this course for beginners through to more experienced blacksmiths, Matt can cater to all.

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