The forging hammer is as ubiquitous to the blacksmith as
Forged Hammer 101
The forging hammer is as ubiquitous to the blacksmith as steak is to a meat pie. Forging a hammer takes perseverance, collaboration with your partner and physicality.
Our passionate and energetic blacksmith Matt will take the team through lighting a furnace and heating the stock to 1000º, the foundation of forging using hand-tools, anvil and swage block and collaborative striking whereby blacksmiths partner up and take turns striking their partner’s job using hammer, anvil and sledgehammer.
The process involves problem solving as participants apply the skills demonstrated to their own jobs, communicating with each other as they forge. Each participant works on their own job and their partners, with everyone taking home their own hand-forged hammer.
Fully catered with gourmet morning tea and lunch provided by TwoFives - a full look at their menu here.
Hammer-making 101 is a great way for team members to get a feel for craftsmanship and immerse themselves in a collaborative project, all within a heritage workshop that was once the power-house of Australia’s economy – the 130 year old Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops.
This class is suited to all fitness and body types – you don’t need to be a Cross Fit GI-JO to be able to swing a sledgehammer.
Shower facilities are available on site. Complimentary towels, hair straighteners and blow-dryers provided.