Blacksmith shop from the 1880s found on the new 1910 Ironworks site…

Original Blacksmith tools, horse shoes, rabbit traps and hand made metal pieces from the dig around the new blacksmith shop foundations and adjacent paddock. Now preserved in the new shop. The old bridge at Wildes Meadow showing the original stables, holding pens for the horses and original blacksmith shop in the background circa 1910. The … Continue reading Blacksmith shop from the 1880s found on the new 1910 Ironworks site…

More beginners Blacksmith courses offered due to demand…

Going Hammer and Tong Courses - Beginners These pure artisan courses are for beginners interested in delving into the art of traditional Blacksmithing and are limited to 8 students – We start the day in the Blacksmith Shop at 9.30am sharp in Wildes Meadow, Southern Highlands at the 1910 Ironworks. Here you will learn how … Continue reading More beginners Blacksmith courses offered due to demand…

The NEW 1910 Iron Works Blacksmith Shop is now restored, fully operational…and open for business

Here are some shots of the new fully restored 1880s Blacksmith Shop in Wildes Meadow. Now open for business and classes. In fact the first Blacksmith classes start in February this year #highlandharvestfeasts and #wildfoodadventures and we're now taking bookings, but numbers are strictly limited, so it's first in best dressed. Everything is supplied too, … Continue reading The NEW 1910 Iron Works Blacksmith Shop is now restored, fully operational…and open for business

At 1910 a roaring fire is something else…

Keeping the home fires burning... When you live in the bush (Southern Highlands of NSW) you try your best to be as sustainable as possible and warmth is an area to address in this neck of the woods most years. Keeping warm is a must through a bitter Southern Highlands winter, plus the fact my other half … Continue reading At 1910 a roaring fire is something else…

Dissecting the Dream of the 1890s in the USA – “That’s the thing about romanticising the past. We love it only when it’s the most privileged version of the past.”

Dissecting the Dream of the 1890s: A date with the late Victorians I just had to share this fantastic article by Lisa Hix — When Vox published Sarah A. Chrisman’s essay in September, “I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it,” it sparked an Internet furor. In the piece—a tease for her new … Continue reading Dissecting the Dream of the 1890s in the USA – “That’s the thing about romanticising the past. We love it only when it’s the most privileged version of the past.”

We love our gadgets, particularly at this time of the year, but what happened to good old fashioned ‘Elbow Grease’?

Once upon a time in a kitchen far far away, and in the not so distant past we were far more sustainable, fitter and left a much smaller carbon footprint - so what happened?? Well this happened, after the second world war consumerism became, and is still epidemic... ..we discovered another word and way of … Continue reading We love our gadgets, particularly at this time of the year, but what happened to good old fashioned ‘Elbow Grease’?

1910 – Such an amazing year and the beginning of the modern world and demise of the artisan!

A soft top sporty number for the hipster around town - How you bought your meat - no health laws here or OH&S. No flies on these guys either!    The beginning of junk food? That white sticky rubbish called milk is still available!! How you bought gas for the car, and got bloody soaked when it … Continue reading 1910 – Such an amazing year and the beginning of the modern world and demise of the artisan!

The Enteprise Sausage stuffer and juicer…and how to make Tofu!

  Adorable Antique Enterprise Sausage Stuffer in 3 Sizes: Nos 35, 31, 25 (8, 6, 4 Qts) This is such a great collection of those hand operated machines. They're getting very rare now and hard to find in this sort of condition, and the galvanised iron ones are ever rarer!! https://youtu.be/lcpxO-sWn3w This video (Part 1 of the … Continue reading The Enteprise Sausage stuffer and juicer…and how to make Tofu!

OK, so what is a Bodger? Or what would you be doing if you were Bodging?

Bodging In many dictionaries you will not find the word bodging, bodgers or bodger. You might find the word bodge, meaning to botch or mend clumsily. However, actually a bodger was a skilled craftsman that made chair legs and braces. The craft of bodging goes back about five hundred years but I am unaware of … Continue reading OK, so what is a Bodger? Or what would you be doing if you were Bodging?

I love to promote true crafts people and Tim is one of them…

Check out Tim on instagram, one the few lasting crafts people who make things once to last a lifetime. No made in China here,  just hand made with pride in Robertson, Southern Highlands NSW. https://instagram.com /ansons_knives_and_stuff/