Forging Hammer 101

Next Available: Sat, 02 Nov 9:00AM
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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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20 October 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

I bought this course as a birthday gift for my 12 year old son who had an absolutely great time. A special thanks to James, the course instructor, whose patience and guidance was a particular source of inspiration. Highly recommended.


08 October 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

Easily one of the best experiences I've had in a long time! James led a lively and educational class that left everyone feeling comfortable and able to participate. Would highly recommend for anyone, whether you have any experience or not!


06 October 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

My son attended the course and is 13yrs old. He loved the course and instructor was very patient, helpful and informative with him. Can highly recommended the course to anyone interested in trying out blacksmithing. Thankyou

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