About this workshop
Matt Mewburn from Eveleigh Works is travelling all the way from New South Wales for the Lost Trades Fair and joining us for a special weekend of blacksmithing workshops at the Rare Trades Centre.
Join blacksmith and founder of Eveleigh Works, Matt Mewburn in this 2-day workshop that will take you to the foundation of blacksmithing: making your own forging hammer and pickup tongs.
On the first day, you will create a pair of tongs using hand hammers, sledgehammers, and striking tools such as fullers and flatters. Working both individually and in the ancient tradition of the blacksmith and the striker, you will forge reigns and jaws and rivet the pieces together to complete a functioning set of tongs.
On the second day, you will use your tongs to create the quintessential blacksmith’s tool, the hammer. You will punch a hole, drift it to size and choose the desired pattern for your hammer that suits most applications and preferences.
At the end of the workshop, you will have made your own blacksmithing tools to accompany you on your rare trades journey.
Required skill level
No previous experience required
What do I need to bring?
Snacks, lunch, water bottle, notepad and pen.
Workshop appropriate - non-flammable clothing, closed toe shoes, no hanging jewellery, hair tied back, no baggy sleeves
Maximum class size
Small class size – max 6 participants
What is Included
All instruction, tools and materials included
You will learn
At the end of this workshop, you will have learned about the forging, geometry and functions of a blacksmith's tongs. You will have learned about the forging of hammers and their various patterns and applications.
Morning tea/lunch info
Morning tea included.
About the instructor