Beginner Blacksmithing Workshops

Learn the basics of blacksmithing in this comprehensive full-day class

1910 Ironworks

1910 Ironworks


6 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $350 (or 4 payments of $88 Afterpay)

Join Steve Hogwood in an authentic village Blacksmith shop from the 1880s and learn the ancient art of blacksmithing in this comprehensive and hands-on class. These popular classes are held most weekends at Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands of NSW. You will truly feel like you are stepping back in time to when all local communities had their village smith!

Learn how to use and control a traditional coke/coal and gas forge, as well as learning basic forging, hammer and tong skills. Throughout the class, you will also experience the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Highlands & in the middle of the day you'll enjoy a light lunch on the veranda of the blacksmith shop, overlooking the meadow; and after a big day at the forge, you get to take home the fruits of your labour.

Our schedule for the day:

  • 10:30 am: arrive at the Blacksmith shop where will run through OH&S work practices and issue you with your PPE equipment.
  • 11 am: everyone will be briefed on their specific projects and we start forging.
  • 12.30 pm: light lunch and refreshments on the veranda of the blacksmith's shop.
  • 1 pm: we will continue forging until 4.30 pm, at which time we will review the work and clear up the shop after the day.

You will also get to meet other people passionate about this ancient craft in a really hands-on learning experience, while you step back in time for a day.

Everything is supplied too, so all you have to do is bring is your smile and passion to learn about a trade that’s as old as the human race itself, the ‘King of Trades’ as it was once called.

Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly. No blacksmithing experience required.
What you'll get
  • All PPE equipment is supplied, safety gear, apron, tools and materials are also supplied.
  • A light lunch and refreshments are inclusive and served on the veranda of the blacksmith shop.
What to bring
Please wear closed-toe shoes, preferably leather work boots, and comfortable fireproof clothing. Long sleeves and trousers too, please as scale and sparks from hot forging do burn. Hair up if long and no jewellery or watches.
Suitable for

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 8 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.


THE 1910 Ironworks - Meadow View, 375 Wildes Meadow Road, Wildes Meadow NSW

Your teacher
1910 Ironworks
1910 Ironworks


Steve Hogwood has been a Blacksmith for nearly 43 three years, having worked extensively in film and advertising as an art director, prop maker, and set designer. So, when you do a beginners course with Steve you're in a very safe pair of hands. Steve set up the 1910 Ironworks in Wildes Meadow, as a replica of a village smith in Australia around 1880 to produce hand-forged, bespoke, decorative Ironwork and to specialise in vintage restoration, utilising the old skills and tools of the 1910 you will not be using an angle grinder, electric drill or flap disc, everything here is general blacksmithing, yes old school. So, if you want a trip into the past to a time when handmade was every day, we look forward to seeing you in the Meadow very soon...

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