Once again the September Blacksmith classes have been very popular – only a few places left…

The September 1st and 15th ‘Going Hammer & Tongs’ classes are once again, almost booked out – so HURRY!!

Why not join us in beautiful Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands of NSW and experience how the past was indeed forged?

In our next series of classes we will be exploring how you make tools for your own shop, such as making tongs, drifts, punches, hammers, cold sets, hot sets and the art of forging and fabrication.

Please note we can’t except children in the blacksmith shop, only young adults because of safety/public liability and state regulations on teaching minors.

Here’s what some of the students had to say…

These blacksmith classes are a fantastic day out. Steve is a fantastic craftsman, a great instructor and (thankfully) a very patient man 😂. Get along and learn this fantastic ancient trade. Would make a great fathers days present !!  Greg Berrell / Wollongong   

“A very enjoyable day” Garry Studd – Carpenter and Cabinet maker / Bowral

“I had an amazing day and learnt so much” Dave Read / Carpenter / Robertson

Please note we also keep the classes small and one on one, so places are very limited.

Work in an authentic 1880s Village Blacksmiths Shop and like Greg, make your first set of tongs for your own shop…

Why not join us and step back in time with Master Blacksmith 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.


As you can see above, the August 2018 Hammer & Tongs Blacksmith courses have been very successful and booked out quickly. We’re now in our 8th month and going strong, thanks to you and the growing interest and artisans returning to the old crafts.

The black smithing classes started in Wildes Meadow over 9 months ago now and have proved very popular locally, attracting enthusiasts from the  ACT,  South Coast, interstate and Sydney.
I’ve had students from all walks of life – but no Lady smiths as yet!!
I keep the classes reasonably priced and small – that is, to a maximum of x5 students per session, this is for safety reasons and one on one tuition.
We pack a lot into a day and the $240 fee for the day includes everything. All safety gear, equipment, and steel, and a light lunch is served on the veranda of the Blacksmith shop, where you can relax among the rolling hills of the Meadow – all you have to bring along is your passion and enthusiasm.
The September course are still open, but filling fast as there is a very strong and growing interest in Blacksmithing and the old artisan crafts around the world.
I also still break the students up in my classes according to experience and requirements – Such as, the next course series in September, which will comprise of :-
Fire/heat control of the forge, drawing out, upsetting, hot riveting, forging nails/spikes and making a selection of blacksmith tools.
All inclusive cost per course is $240 per student Inc. GST and lunch. 
Payable prior to the class to secure your place and is only refundable if the class, for what ever reason does not proceed.
These classes are very popular and I now run two courses a month, given work commitments. New courses listed fill fast, so, if you wish to book, let me know ASAP so as I can secure you a place in the few remaining places left in the  September courses.
Once again, many thanks for all your support and interest in bringing these old crafts bacxk to life for future generations. Hopefully we’ll see you on Saturday September the 1st or on the15th for an informative fun filled blacksmithing class.
Cheers, Steve.
You can also contact me direct on:-

0402 481 461  stephen.hogwood@optusnet.com.au

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