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Blacksmith Introduction I

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Learn the foundation skills of the world's oldest trade in 2 days. Master hand-forging techniques and apply your new skills to forge your own household fixtures. You will have your own work area in the historical Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops and use your assigned coal or gas forge, anvil, blacksmithing tongs, hammers and several specialty blacksmithing tools.

You will learn how to be a striker for your partner blacksmith, this is an old tradition in blacksmithing where people cooperate to forge a project. You will have the opportunity to direct your own job as a blacksmith and use a sledge hammer to strike for other students.

The machinery and tools used are refurbished heritage pieces of equipment dating from as far back as the 1880s. We want people to get to know Eveleigh by making things within it’s walls, using its machinery and having fun. 


  • Develop an understanding of how to a gas furnace to heat steel.
  • Become familiar with parts of the anvil and how they can be used.
  • Use of various hand forging techniques including: tapering, bending, riveting, fullering and finishing.
  • Work safely in a group environment with other blacksmiths.
  • Gain an understanding of some generally used steels and alloys.


The finished works can include several artistic features to customize the appearance and ensure each job is individual. Various techniques will be demonstrated to help you gain an understanding of what is possible and from there you can work toward your own custom design.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are posted using Regular post. If you have purchased a gift voucher and would like Express Post, this will incur an extra fee. To arrange Express Post please email Matt at: matt@eveleigh.works 

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What you will learn
  • Use of various hand forging techniques including: tapering, bending, twisting, riveting, fullering and finishing
  • Become acquainted with the parts and use of an anvil
  • Learn the aspects of safely heating steel using a gas furnace
What you will get
  • All materials needed for completion are included in the class fee
  • Safety gear including: leather blacksmithing aprons, eye protection and ear plugs will be provided (or can be brought in if preferred)
  • Students will take home some custom forged wall hanging coat hooks

What to wear

Please wear clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots

Appropriate for

All with an interest in blacksmithing, aged 15 and up.


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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02 July 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Was very impressed with the course, the instructor (Pearce) was very good in explaining all aspects of the training and always made time to help when required.


28 June 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Done this work shop with my partner and honestly we both had an amazing time. We worked on our individual creation with plenty of time and consideration for our little skills. First time for us and we both learned that all is possible for us to do lol Beeing together , spending time in a different environment as a couple was great. We both feel it was very humiliating to learn something new and exciting. Something we both always wondered about how all this really work..now we now ! We where given the opportunity to create something with our own hand and to bring it home😊the all space is safe and to the eyes is truly a wonderful treat. It is a well organised weekend. The teacher guiding us through our weekend was just and simply in love with is graft and he was always present during the all time, happy to share with us all this beautiful place for us to play at ease. They're is no expectation from anyone, everyone was busy with they're own experience in bending over a burning piece of metal. Thank you for making this available to all of us and creating a awesome learning experience.


27 June 2019 • Blacksmith Introduction I

Great experience Recommend it to anybody Teacher was great It was great to see all the old machinery and history Great asset to Sydney

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