NEW Blacksmith course, due to popular demand – but only a few places left!! Saturday June 9th

I have penned in another Blacksmith course due to a waiting list and popular demand for another course date. So here it is, book today, or you could miss out! As we keep the classes small, so places are very limited.

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.

Please note – These courses were designed for beginners and budding blacksmiths and are adapted on the day to fit individual learning needs.

IMG_8589 2Students at one of our courses in the Meadow, just lots of fun…and the calibre of work from students was exceptional!

Learn about a trade that built this country in an 1880s village blacksmiths shop.

Going Hammer and Tong Beginners Courses have been very successful, and we’re now running an extra course on Saturday June 9th, due to popular demand.

I must admit the response has been amazing, far exceeding our expectations!!  The artisan revolution is certainly happening :-))

1910 Blacksmith beginners 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 2 – Here you will learn and try your hand at the techniques of hot riveting, drawing out and twisting, how to make and produce different scrolls and hot punching and drifting.

We will again be using our 110 year old hand cranked forge from the USA using charcoal and a traditional fan forced coke fire. Here you will be exploring how to handle heat control when forging, the clean forge welding capabilities of Charcoal and the different ways of forge welding.

Please note – The course is an outline only and will be adapted on the day as all students will be assigned tasks and projects to suit their experience and capabilities.

Some of my repeat students will for example be set projects to build on their previous knowledge at the shop and personal interests.

As we all learn at different levels.

The many techniques and tools of the village blacksmith…

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 artisan classes.

IMG_8124Splitting, bending and forging…

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

  • Next course – Saturday 9th June 2018 – Intermediate – Part 2 – As outlined above.

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.

Fire and isolated heat control our paramount when forging in a coke and charcoal forges…

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