Beginner Blacksmithing - Make a fire poker

Course summary

Join this Adult beginners workshop to learn the craft of blacksmithing (for ages 17+). During this hands on outdoor class you will learn the basics of blacksmithing including selection and use of tongs, hammer techniques, forging a point, flattening metal, bending and twisting metal into shapes, hardening and softening metal and texturing techniques. Practice these new found skills to make your own fire poker on the day, guided by our experienced tutor. This workshop is both engaging and calming, the perfect activity to unplug and get creative.

What you will learn

  • basics of blacksmithing
  • hands on practice guided by an experienced tutor
  • how to make a hand forged fire poker

What to bring

  • all materials are provided including first aid kit and safety gloves
  • wear long a long sleeve shirt, long pants and closed in shoes
  • tie your hair back
  • water bottle

About the tutor

Rob Nansen (Jesses Stump Blacksmithing and Bush Furniture) is a Melbourne based artisan who works with iron and wood using traditional hand tools and techniques. Along with creating original pieces, Rob facilitates beginner workshops so others can also experience these slow and meditative crafts.

Course cost

COST: $120.00

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