© 2013 Blake Barnard

Located in Melbourne’s Inner West, we are an artist blacksmith studio with the purpose to provide an inclusive space, where people can learn and members can pursue creative metal forging using traditional and modern techniques.  We also offers a wide variety of blacksmithing tools & equipment for sale.

The studio was established in 2011 by Steve Phillips (Estebaan) and delivers a wide range of courses with the help of some of the finest guest teachers from Australia and abroad. Each of the ten forging stations in the studio are fully equipped with a traditional coke fired forge, anvil, hand tools and a legvice. A fly press and power hammer are also available to support the delivery of quality blacksmithing experiences from beginners to advanced.

Lute joined the studio initially in an administrative capacity and is now focusing on jewellery design. Both partners are avid hikers and their love for the natural world instills a sense of urgency to look after ‘our home’ and reducing Waterside’s environmental footprint by becoming carbon neutral.

© 2013 Blake Barnard

Waterside is a proud anchor member of the riverEdge Creative Alliance (RECA), which represents a dynamic alignment of three creative arts organisations on the Maribyrnong River, including BiGfiSh and Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC). Operating as an alliance, the members of RECA are committed to:

  • Undertaking collaborative initiatives to raise the profile of the precinct as a vibrant hub of creative and community activity.
  • Developing shared advocacy submissions to enhance the impact and profile of the site as a creative industries precinct, and protect the site for creative industries uses.
  • Sharing resources, information and equipment in the spirit of collaboration.