Leaf Forging

Next Available: Sun, 17 Feb 10:00AM
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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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13 February 2019 • Leaf Forging

We had a fantastic time. The Artist & Blacksmiths were inspiring and above all very patient with us as complete novices. It was great to take part in this extrodinary community project. The team were so accommodating of our different skill levels and I tip my hat to them. Lunch was incredible, such a lovely spread. So welcome as Blacksmithing is not only Hot & Thirsty work it makes you super hungry come lunch time.


11 February 2019 • Leaf Forging

A great experience learning to forge leaves in the wonderful old Eveleigh workshop. Matt, Nell & co were on hand to give instructions and provide advice in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. I even learned new ways to open beer bottles!


28 January 2019 • Leaf Forging

Great instructors; they were very knowledgeable. An amazing afternoon spent admiring a classic art. Thanks

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