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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Class Schedule

One day - 9am to 5pm

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 sincce 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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20 September 2017 • Forging Hammer 101

Great class well taught and walked away with a hammer I am proud of.It will be used.


02 September 2017 • Forging Hammer 101

The Forging Hammer 101 at Eveleigh workshop was the bast day Ive had in years. Louis and Piers were fantastic mentors and the small class size meant they could share their knowledge with each of us. It was also fantastic spending time in the historic workshop. Highly recommended and I will be back for more.


27 June 2017 • Forging Hammer 101

Great class, plenty of room to move and plenty of equipment to use, hammer design is personal choice and can be modified to suit, Matt helps you do more or less depending on how confident you feel, excellent day, look forward to doing another course

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