Forging Hammer 101

Next Available: Sat, 07 Sep 9:00AM
7.0 hours
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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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16 August 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

I enjoyed the whole experience Matt was very thourer in his instructions but in a relaxed way I especially loved the history of the blacksmithing works


20 June 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

I had the best day making my Hammer. I learned a lot - thanks & it helps me decide even more that I want to get an apprenticeship working with steel.


03 June 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

Thank you for great day. My daughter bought me the Forging Hammer 101 session as a present for my 84th birthday. It was a great learning experience and although I was happy enough with the hammer I made with a bit more time and experience I could have done better, the eyesight isn't what it used to be. Congratulations to the lad who was our instructor, his knowledge patience and guidance is to be applauded. In these days where so many of our skills are being lost or sold overseas it is great to see those skills being maintained here even though it may be in a small way. Congratulations and Thank you, may your enterprise prosper. Ken P.S. I presented the hammer to my Daughter for her birthday.

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