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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22 November 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Bought this experience for my 16 year old son who is a beautiful bright aspy (Asperger's.) He absolutely loved it and I haven't seen him so happy after an activity probably ever! He particularly commented on the knowledge and experience of the teacher and how kind and patient he was. He loved being in the historical works and was galvanised (tee hee) by the sense of continuity he felt there . He said it was amazing value and cane home with an incredible Victorian looking coat rack . As a parent who has forked out thousands on courses which turned out to have very little substance and thus a large onus on chit chat and performing social activity (without anchor of true shared purpose or passing on of real.knowledge ) leading to more strain and stress on this very substance oriented young person I can't recommended this workshop enough ! I am very very stoked (geddit?) With this course and have already signed my young blacksmith up for the hammer forging one (unfortunately I did this before writing review !)


14 November 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Terrific course excellently managed by Pierce who has the the special knack of "knowing when to hold 'em, knowing when to fold 'em," meaning he seems to immediately suss when you need some help or just work it out for yourself. Why this whole place and all it's historic machinery is not on the Heritage List rather than the Danger List is amazing...then this is NSW!!! Keep up the good work Matt and all the crew...will definitely be back for more in the new year.


04 October 2018 • Blacksmith Introduction I

This two day introduction course is such a enjoyable experience for me. The teacher was friendly and his step by step tutorial was very easy to follow. Then at the end of the course, you’d go home with a nice looking coat hanger! It’s also fascinating to work in this historical building and factory set up too. I recommend anyone who has interest in metal craft. I certainly will come back for other variety of courses they offer.

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