Forging Hammer 101

Next Available: Fri, 13 Apr 9:00AM
7.0 hours


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 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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27 February 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

Great class and initiation to what fire and metal do together. The setting and workshop is great and all done in a professional and relaxed atmosphere. A great way to spend your saturday and you get to go home with a new tool for the shed!


25 February 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

I had a great time and learnt a lot. The guys at Eveleigh answered every question we could think of and ensured we all had a great time. I definitely would come back!


21 February 2018 • Forging Hammer 101

It was a great course - a relaxed atmosphere and obviously knowledgeable teachers. A great cross section of people attended, from people curious to see how a hammer is made to the serious who are keen to make tools for more advanced forging.

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