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Blacksmith Introduction I


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Description

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. 

Objectives

  • 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.

Adaptations

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.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are posted using Regular post. If you have purchased a gift voucher and would like Express Post, this will incur an extra fee. To arrange Express Post please email Matt at: matt@eveleigh.works 

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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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Craig

23 October 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Had a great 2 days at the workshop! Can't wait to do the next course.... sign me up :-)

Tristan

22 October 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Amazing location and class. Piers ran a great class and helped us all through the steps over the two days, we had a lot of fun and have already signed up for another class at Eveleigh Works.

Wayne

06 October 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

This experience was great to know how things are made from the ground up. We cant rely on everything just being there so to know how to start from basics was amazing. Feels like I can create a whole new society from the beginning without technology. Brings me back to ground roots. Well done for all those who have allowed such history, tradesmanship not lost, to be continued on as we may need these basics in the future, unbeknownst to us. Had a great weekend Thanks Wayne

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