Blacksmithing is an ancient craft steeped in mythology – people
Blacksmith Introduction I
Blacksmithing is an ancient craft steeped in mythology – people have long been entranced by the process of using fire and power to to make hard steel soft and malleable. By using heat and pressure a blacksmith turns the raw materials they have at their disposal into fantastical and useful objects.
Blacksmithing Introduction I will introduce students to the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing, using hammer, anvil and heat to transform steel into decorative works of art. Over the course of one weekend, Blacksmiths Introduction I introduces students to fundamental forging techniques. Students learn how to use an anvil, to taper and bend and how to achieve a surface treatment, applying these skills to forge a decorative wall-mounted coat hook.
Making things in a forge is a physical process, in Blacksmith Introduction I students pair up and learn to strike for their partner blacksmith, a co-operative tradition which involves the blacksmith striking a larger hammer to a smaller hammer to amplify pressure.
Students have their own work area in the 130 year old blacksmithing bays of the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops surrounded by large scale heritage machinery once used to manufacture trains. Our work stations are equipped with gas forges, anvil, tongs, hammers and other specialty blacksmithing tools. All safety equipment is included, however feel free to bring your own.
Blacksmithing Introduction I is a unique experience immersing students in industrial heritage, the physicality of making and the excitement of working with hot steel. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making something with your own hands and sweat.
If weekends don’t work for you, Blacksmith Introduction II happens over 6 consecutive Tuesday nights.
Students will make
A forged coat hook
Students will learn
How to heat steel using a gas furnace
How to use an anvil
Hand forging techniques including: tapering, bending, riveting, fullering and finishing
How to work safely in a group environment with other blacksmiths
Striking and cooperative blacksmithing
The properties of steels and alloys
All safety gear including leather blacksmith aprons, eye, ear and hand protection (feel free to bring your own if you prefer)
Appropriate for beginners
This course is open to students of all skill levels and does not require any prior experience. Ages 15 and up.
What to bring
Bottle of water and snacks
What to wear
Clothing appropriate for a workshop – long pants and sleeves (preferably natural fibre), solid shoes/boots.