Blacksmith Introduction I

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Learn the foundation skills of the world's oldest trade in 2 days. Master hand-forging techniques and apply your new skills to forge your own household fixtures. You will have your own work area in the historical Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops and use your assigned coal or gas forge, anvil, blacksmithing tongs, hammers and several specialty blacksmithing tools.

You will learn how to be a striker for your partner blacksmith, this is an old tradition in blacksmithing where people cooperate to forge a project. You will have the opportunity to direct your own job as a blacksmith and use a sledge hammer to strike for other students.

The machinery and tools used are refurbished heritage pieces of equipment dating from as far back as the 1880s. We want people to get to know Eveleigh by making things within it’s walls, using its machinery and having fun. 


  • Develop an understanding of how to a gas furnace to heat steel.
  • Become familiar with parts of the anvil and how they can be used.
  • Use of various hand forging techniques including: tapering, bending, riveting, fullering and finishing.
  • Work safely in a group environment with other blacksmiths.
  • Gain an understanding of some generally used steels and alloys.


The finished works can include several artistic features to customize the appearance and ensure each job is individual. Various techniques will be demonstrated to help you gain an understanding of what is possible and from there you can work toward your own custom design.

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What you will learn
  • Use of various hand forging techniques including: tapering, bending, twisting, riveting, fullering and finishing
  • Become acquainted with the parts and use of an anvil
  • Learn the aspects of safely heating steel using a gas furnace
What you will get
  • All materials needed for completion are included in the class fee
  • Safety gear including: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs will be provided (or can be brought in if preferred)
  • Students will take home some custom forged wall hanging coat hooks

What to wear

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

Appropriate for

All with an interest in blacksmithing, aged 15 and up.

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11 September 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

This course was everything I wanted it to be. A gentle introduction across a range of basic blacksmith techniques (tapering, bending, scrolling, fuller work). The pacing of the tasks was spot on throughout the two days. Our instructor (Piers) was always happy to advise, very patient and always made sure everyone was comfortable with the task at hand. Lining up to do the hammer making course next.


04 September 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

The Course was very helpful for someone like myself that had no experience working with tools let alone blacksmithing tools. Our instructor was very informative and knowledgeable not only about the work we did but on the origins of the works preformed in the workshop from back in the day. Great 2 day course I had heaps of fun and was happy with my own end product.


06 August 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Great course, will be back. It's unusual to find a teacher who loves his subject and really wants to convey that to his students.

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