Leaf Forging

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Commissioned by Carriageworks and Mirvac : A New Public Artwork is coming to South Eveleigh

Come and forge a steel gum leaf or two to be added to the bodies of the Tree House.

Nell and Cave Urban will be there to introduce the concept and design of the Tree House and provide information about further participation. Attendees will be able to stamp their initials on the back of one of their hand-made leaves, which will be permanently installed as part of the public artwork.

The staff from Eveleigh works will run you through the process of forging, shaping and finishing gum leaves that will be incorporated in the tree house as a lasting contribution to South Eveleigh.

Nell and Cave Urban’s Tree House provides a new destination and place of contemplation on Eveleigh Green. Referencing the history and character of the Eveleigh railway area in its design and materials, it also embodies a personal connection to the site for the artist, whose Great-grandfather worked as a boilermaker at Eveleigh from 1931-1952.


The anthropomorphic structures each have a face, spirit, and personality; people will come to know and relate to these face-places. Directly referencing the Bays of the ATP, the forms look as though they have come alive, stood up on their steel legs and walked over to the Eveleigh Green, becoming slowly entwined with their more natural environment over time. The bodies of the Tree House are made from forged steel gum leaves, which take their form directly from the trees they inhabit.

Please note- If you are attending you must be there at the appointed time so that you can be inducted into the workshop and receive instruction on how to create your leaves.

Children 15 and up are welcome

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What you will learn
  • Forging leaves for a community project
  • Initiation into blacksmithing and workshop techniques
What you will get
  • All materials provided
  • Safety gear: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs
  • Lunch is provided

What to bring
  • Water bottle, it's thirsty work!
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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09 April 2019 • Leaf Forging

Amazing, we loved it


04 April 2019 • Leaf Forging

A fantastic visit into the world of the 19thC blacksmith. Instructors and fellow students a marvellous lot. All-in-all, a great day.


03 April 2019 • Leaf Forging

Great course!, really good for those that want to try something new, something different and/or have some spare time on their hands, Matt is the blacksmith and is a great friendly guy and highly experienced in Black smithing. The artist Mell is friendly and very helpful!

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