Blacksmith Introduction II

A blacksmith uses heat and pressure to transform hard steel

Blacksmith Introduction II

A blacksmith uses heat and pressure to transform hard steel into a material that is soft and malleable, using heat and a suite of tools and techniques to forge shapes and components which can be assembled together to create furniture, gates and fences, armour or sculptural works.

Over the course of 6 Tuesday evenings, Blacksmithing Introduction II students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing; using hammer, anvil and heat to transform steel into a set of decorative BBQ tools. Students learn how to taper, twist, bend and split steel, how to heat treat and rivet pieces of steel together. Making things in a forge is a physical process involving passion and energy, in Blacksmith Introduction II 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 II 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 you’d prefer to learn blacksmithing over a weekend, Blacksmith Introduction I runs over one weekend. 

Students will make
Pair of forged BBQ tools
    Students will learn
    • How to heat steel using a gas furnace
    • How to use an anvil
    • Hand forging techniques – tapering, bending, riveting, fullering and finishing
    • Striking and cooperative blacksmithing
    • How to work safely in a group environment with other blacksmiths
    • The properties of steels and alloys
    What’s included
    • All materials
    • All safety gear including leather blacksmith aprons, eye, ear and hand protection (but 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.

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