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The forging hammer is the foundation of forging for a blacksmith. This course introduces the techniques required to create a traditional forging hammer that is the right weight, size and balance according to the body and style of the smith. 

Starting out as a block or billet of steel, students will design a hammer head, forge the billet to size, punch the eye for the handle and forge in some decorative fullers. To finish off students will heat treat the hammer head, shape the handle from spotted gum and fit it to their hammer ready for use.


  • Steel selection: hard vs tough

  • Use of oil or gas furnaces and coke forges

  • Anvil forging of large billets

  • Striking and cooperative blacksmithing

  • Punching the eye with a hydraulic press

  • Handle Shaping and fitment

  • Heat treatment

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What you will learn
  • Steel selection: hard vs tough
  • Anvil forging of large billets
  • Heat steel using oil or gas furnaces and coke forges
What you will get
  • All materials provided
  • Safety gear: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs
  • One forging hammer

What to bring
  • Just yourself!
  • Lunch and morning tea
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


Eveleigh Works

Vendor since 2016

Learn the metal arts at Eveleigh Works in Redfern, Sydney. Get your hands dirty with our short courses in blacksmithing, knife and tool-making. Courses for newbies and old hands, instructed by practicing craftspeople within the heritage workshop of an 1880s locomotive factory. 

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10 September 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

A great day, learned a lot and really whet my appetite for more. Will definitely be taking more classes at Eveleigh. Matt was a great informative teacher, and very approachable and keen.


09 September 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

Fantastic day amongst patient instructors who were passionate about smithing. Day flowed well with very little time that felt wasted. Would highly recommend this to anyone as a gift or to kick start an interest in the field.


03 September 2019 • Forging Hammer 101

Going in: Could not make a hammer After the course: Can now make a hammer. Matt was a great instructor, never did i once feel out of my depth. The whole process was explained and demonstrated clearly and simply, so much so i remember the exact process quite easily. I ended up having a great time and im now looking to go back to to try another course.

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