Welcome to the
Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria) Incorporated.
Next lot of courses about to get underway!
See below or here for details.
New course structure
From Rick, our course coordiantor:
"This year we are breaking up the Introduction Course into 2 where we have one for new members who haven’t lit a fire at the Barn and the second for those who know the ropes, can get a fire going and heat a bit of metal.
The Introduction to Blacksmithing is a one day course for $150.00 where we show you how the Barn works, how to build a fire, get it started, keep it going and heat some metal. A few basic hammer techniques and we’ll send you home with a garden or miner’s hook. This will start you on the road so you have confidence coming in to the Barn on Work Days, getting a fire going and getting started.
The second course is Basic Blacksmithing Techniques. This is 2 days ($300) and assumes you can get a fire going and get a bit of metal to forging temperature ready to work. Andy will introduce a number of techniques to start making useful tools and learning about steels and metals."
If you are interested please contact the secretary on: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our courses are now a flat rate of $150 per day of course.
The Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria) Inc is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting the ancient and honourable craft of the blacksmith. If that is also your outlook then please do not hesitate in becoming a member. You will find enough equipment and assistance to get you going and, while we do offer some courses to members, we are definitely not a teaching institution. You will learn by doing and from your mistakes but you will also learn by just being involved. The more you you do so the more things will become clearer.
In return for such facilities and assistance we ask only that you endeavour to become an active and contributing member of the Group.
This site will give you a quick overview of who we are and what we do, however blacksmithing is not a passive art for reading about, rather something to do. So have a quick look around, then come and join us.
We publish a quarterly newsletter The Drift which usually contains stuff you'd expect to find in a newsletter. If you have news, perhaps an interesting photo or two or something else you'd like to share, send it to the Editor.
Display board of one of our founders, Don Marshall's work.
We have recently updated our Health and Safety information to include various links. More information here.
WORK DAYS AT THE BARN
Our regular work days are every second Sunday. (click here to view the upcoming workdays at The Barn). Our female Blacksmiths 'Doris' group, meet on the preceding Saturdays. We will open The Barn on request at other mutually convenient times, especially for country members.
A Brief History of the AUSTRALIAN BLACKSMITHS ASSOCIATION (VIC) Inc.
1989 t0 2019
A brief history of the inception and founding of the Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria) by one of those founders and our current patron, Keith Towe, with foreword by Rick Stadler, Secretary ABAVic (2016-2020) and recipient of the 2020 Founders award.
The Blacksmiths Tree Project
After five years of work the Tree is in the ground. The Tree is at the Peter Avola Pavilion, 160 Chadds Creek Road Strathewen. You are very welcome to visit.
You can also visit the Tree Project
page for up-to-date information and developments.
Visit The Tree Project website for a full history of the Project.