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COURSES

Waterside offers classes in creative blacksmithing from beginners through to advanced and all our instructors have a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.  The courses are held at our recently renovated studio with all equipment and materials provided. We keep our class sizes small to ensure a personal and enjoyable experience for students and teachers alike.

BEGINNERS SHORT COURSE – Module 1

For people who would like to experience the artistic side of  blacksmithing. No previous experience or special skills are required. The course runs over a four-week period on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Module 1 students are given an overview of the practice including the primary tools used, safety precautions and creative possibilities. They are taught how to light and manage a coke fired forge and will be introduced to some of the fundamental techniques (drawing out, bending, twisting). Learning exercises are designed to enable everyone to take home one completed project after each session! The course is limited to nine persons. Price $490 / $392 (student under 24)

Following courses are on offer:

  • Saturdays from 8:00am-11:30am: 
    • ENROL in Nov Course (Nov 25th / Dec 2nd / Dec 9th / Dec 16th) FULL
    • ENROL in Feb Course (Feb 3rd / Feb 10th / Feb 17th / Feb 24th)
  • Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:30pm: 
    • ENROL in Nov Course (Nov 25th / Dec 2nd / Dec 9th / Dec 16th) – FULL

BEGINNERS SHORT COURSE – Module 2

This course is suitable for all former students of Waterside who have completed Module 1, or anyone who has previously completed a structured beginners course with another recognised blacksmithing group. The course runs over a four-week period and classes are held on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Module 2 students will build on the basic techniques learned in Module 1 with new exercises involving splitting, upsetting, punching and forge welding hereby completing the 7 fundamentals of blacksmithing.  Once again, the learning exercises are designed to enable everyone to take home a completed project after most classes and the course is limited to nine persons. Price $540 / $432 (student under 24)

Following courses are on offer:

  • Saturdays from 8:00am-11:30am: 
    • ENROL in Nov Course (Nov 25th / Dec 2nd / Dec 9th / Dec 16th) – FULL
  • Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:30pm: 

INTERMEDIATE WEEKEND INTENSIVE ‘The blacksmiths Tools’

This weekend course is suitable for all former students of Waterside who have completed Module 2 and runs over a 2-day period. The new course is an excellent next step in further developing ones forging skills with a focus on tool making and heat treatment. The course will provide an overview on carbon/alloy steels, heat-treatment processes and metallurgy. With this new gained knowledge, students will forge their own hammer, centre punch, chisel and a pair of tongs using alloy steels. The forging processes will include striking, punching and drifting, drawing out of tool steel while learning about the layout and ergonomics of anvil navigation. Tasmanian based Pete Mattila, will be teaching with the assistance of the familiar Waterside crew.  Pete was originally trained as an industrial blacksmith and welder who went on to complete a Bachelor and Masters degree in Fine Arts. His work celebrates complex histories, in art, craft and design as well as in industrial expression. Pete has extensive experience teaching and working in the US and Australia.

Price $825 / $660 (student under 24)

Following weekend intensives are on offer:

  • Saturdays from 8:00am-5:30pm & Sunday from 8:00am-4:30pm
    • ENROL in Nov Intensive (Nov 18th / Nov 19th) – FULL

 

PAYMENTS

Your booking is not secure until payment has been received. We accept following payment methods:

  • paypal payments
  • credit card / master card payments using the paypal portal (no need to have a paypal account to use this service)

STUDENTS

Students under the age of 24 receive a 20% discount. Enter code ‘STUDENT20′ after proceeding to payment options.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Class sizes are kept small in order to offer a quality experience and courses will need to be fully booked to be profitable. In case you have to cancel a course booking, please note the following :

  • Cancellations more than 2 month before the course starts: a 10% administration fee will be deducted.
  • Cancellations less than 2 month before the course starts: 50% of the course fee will be refunded
  • Cancellations less than 2 weeks before the course starts: no refunds will be given.

MAKE UP CLASSES

In case you cannot make it to a class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to allocate another time but we can not guarantee that this will always be possible. Make up classes outside normal course hours will attract a $70 fee.