The May 5th Intermediate – Part 1 Blacksmith course booked out…

Work in an authentic 1880s Village Blacksmiths Shop…

Why not join us and step back in time with Steve Hogwood in an authentic Blacksmith shop from the 1880s and experience how the past was forged.

IMG_8589 2Our last course in the Meadow was lots of fun…and the calibre of work for beginners was exceptional!

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Learn about a trade that built this country in an 1880s village blacksmiths shop – Self portrait, Steve Hogwood, Wildes Meadow circa February 2018.

Going Hammer and Tong Beginners Courses have been successful, and we’re going to run more later in the year due to popular demand – the response has been amazing, far exceeding our expectations!!

The artisan revolution is certainly happening :-))

1910 Blacksmith courses start in the Blacksmith Shop at 9.30am sharp and finish 3.30pm in Wildes Meadow, Southern Highlands at the 1910 Ironworks.

Please note – One on one tuition is also available POA

In the next course – Intermediate – Part 1 – you will learn and try your hand at the techniques behind forge welding, how to make a basket twist handle, hot splitting and forging strap hinges.

We will be using a 110 year old hand cranked forge from the USA using charcoal and a traditional fan forced coke fire. Here you will learn how to handle a coke fire and the clean forge welding capabilities of Charcoal – the Smith’s original choice for forging and welding wrought iron.

We will also be comparing mild steel with wrought iron!

IMG_8096Strap hinges and pintles – these were forged out of old wrought iron wagon tyres.

At the hammer and tong courses you will be stepping back in time and working low tech in a traditional 19th Century Village Blacksmith Shop. In fact there has been a Blacksmith on the site in Wildes Meadow since the mid 1870s

The session finishes at 3 -30pm with half an hour for lunch*.

All equipment, safety gear, apron, tools and materials will be supplied. You just supply the elbow grease!! :-))

Please note *A light lunch and refreshments are inclusive and served on the veranda of the Blacksmith Shop. You also get to meet other passionate like minded artisans…


  • 9.30am arrive at Blacksmith shop/OH&S work practices/equipment issued.
  • 10am, formed into teams we start forging. Fire control – coke and charcoal/tool usage, forge welding, how to make a basket twist handle, hot splitting and forging strap hinges.
  • 12.30pm – Light lunch and refreshments.
  • 1pm we continue forging until 3.00pm when we review the work and clear up the shop after the day. Course finishes after clean up at 3.30pm
  • The all inclusive cost is $240 per student Inc. GST. Payable prior to the class and is only refundable if the class, for what ever reason does not proceed.

These sessions fill fast, as they are small and very hands on – as I like to work closely with my students. So, it’s first in best dressed, to secure a place in these very limited classes.

IMG_8124Splitting, bending and forging…

Scheduled Courses as of May 2018 with our last course penned in for June 2018 :

  • Saturday 5th May 2018 – Intermediate – Part 1 – Fire control/coke and charcoal forges, forge welding, basket twist, hot and cold cutting, splitting and forging.

Payment options, EFT and Paypal – these details will be emailed to you on confirmation of your email booking.

Hopefully we’ll see you going hammer and tongs on Saturday 5th May in Wildes Meadow – Cheers, Steve.

IMG_7946Magnificent, Medieval style, strap hinges on a church door in Moss Vale NSW.

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