The 1910 Ironworks…


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Step back in time…

The last Blacksmith shop closed in Wildes meadow in the late 1950s on the very site of the new Blacksmith shop. There has now probably been a blacksmith shop on this very site in the Southern  Highlands for close to 150 years.

Three classes BOOKED OUT very quickly . However, there are still places available in November 2018

Thank you for all the your support and interest by the way!! 

So, 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. These 5 hour courses are full on, using original equipment and no spot welders!

These courses are very, very hands on too. Also enjoy lunch on the veranda of the Blacksmith shop, while you look over the Meadow and then take home the fruits of your labour – everything is supplied and all you have to bring is your smile and your passion to learn about a trade that’s as old as the human race itself, the ‘King of Trades’ as it was called.



Going Hammer and Tong Courses – Beginners

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

Please note – these 5 hour sessions are held every month and you can book your course for just $240 all up and inclusive of GST

Here you will learn how to use and control a traditional coke and gas forge, taught basic forging, hammer and tong skills in a traditional 19th Century Village Blacksmith Shop. We’ll also cover basic forging techniques, such as nail making, forging a meat skewer or poker and forging an ‘S’ hook in our full on 5 hour workshop. The session starts at 9.30am sharp and finishes at 3.30pm with half an hour for lunch*.

All equipment, safety gear, apron, tools and materials are supplied.

Please note *A light lunch and refreshments are inclusive and served on the veranda of the Blacksmith Shop.

You also get to meet other people passionate about this ancient craft and take home your pieces forged on the day.




  • 9.30am arrive at Blacksmith shop/OH&S work practices/equipment issued.
  • 10am, formed into teams we start forging. Fire control/tool usage, nail making/’S’ hook and or Meat Skewer.
  • 12.30pm – Light lunch and refreshments.
  • 1pm we continue forging until 3pm when we review the work and clear up the shop after the day.
  • 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. So, it’s first in to secure a place in these classes.


Scheduled Courses 2018 :-

Now booking – November 3rd and 17th 2018

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 very soon! Cheers, Steve.