Blacksmithing Fundamentals


Learn the foundation skills of the world’s oldest trade in this 6 week course. Master hand-forging techniques and apply your skills to make something useful. You will have your own work area in the heritage Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops and use your assigned coal forge, anvil, blacksmithing tongs, hammers and several specialty blacksmithing tools.

You will learn how to be a striker using a sledge-hammer for your partner blacksmith (an old tradition in blacksmithing where people cooperate to forge a project) as well as directing your own blacksmithing project.

At the first session you will learn to workshop and safety induction, learn how to light the forge, swing a hammer, and heating treat the steel to create a long-lasting edge. The remaining sessions will involve working in pairs on your set project.

The class is instructed by passionate blacksmith’s Matt Mewburn and Lok Sutherland. Matt is a TAFE accredited blacksmith who creates architectural ironwork, sculpture, tools and knives for personal and commercial clients and Lok is an experienced blacksmith with over 12 years in the industry.

Students use refurbished heritage machinery and tools dating from as far back as the 1880s to make their projects – we want people to get to know Eveleigh by making things within it’s walls, using its machinery and having fun.

What you need to bring:
Covered footwear, workwear–long pants and sleeves, preferably natural fibre.
Hearing, eye and respiratory protection will be provided.

Please note:
All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

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