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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 June Course (Jun 16th / Jun 23 / Jun 30th / Jul 7th) – FULL
    • ENROL in Sep Course (Sep 8th / Sep 15th / Sep  22nd / Sep  29th)
  • Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:30pm: 
    • ENROL in Aug Course (Aug 4th / Aug 11th / Aug 18th / Aug 25th)
    • ENROL in Sep Course (Sep 8th / Sep 15th / Sep  22nd / Sep  29th)

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 Aug Course (Aug 4th / Aug 11th / Aug 18th / Aug 25th)
  • Saturdays from 1:00pm-4:30pm: 
    • ENROL in June Course (Jun 16th / Jun 23 / Jun 30th / Jul 7th) – FULL

1-DAY WORKSHOP ‘Glass To Steel – adding colour to forged steel’

This workshop is suitable for all former Waterside students who have completed Module 1. Students will learn how to apply colour and texture to dark forged and formed steel pieces, using vitreous glass enamel.

The class will start off with students making their own vessels ready to be enamelled. Demonstrations throughout the day will guide them through all the processes necessary to prepare and finish their vessels by fusing glass to steel.  All students will walk away with a forged and enamelled object and the knowledge/skill to incorporate this wonderful technique into their forging practice.

This class will be taught by Tasmanian based designer/maker Ben Beames. Ben has been working with steel for the past 15 years, running his own business, specialising in custom made steel sculptures and objects, participating in numerous blacksmithing events around the world and recently teaching sculpture classes in the US together with Rachel David. Ben draws inspiration from the fluid forms found in nature. His creative process is one of action and observation – ‘through working with intent and a willingness to accept compromise, new ideas emerge’…

Price $385 / $308 (student under 24)

Following workshop is on offer:

  • Saturday 6:00pm-7:30pm: introductory talk & drinks & Sunday 8:30am-4:30pm: enamelling class
    • ENROL in June workshop (Jun 30th / Jul 1st) – FULL

INTERMEDIATE WEEKEND INTENSIVE ‘The blacksmiths Tools’

© Lisa FitzgeraldThis 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 July Intensive (Jul 14th / Jul 15th) – FULL

INTERMEDIATE WEEKEND INTENSIVE ‘Mechanical Joinery’

© Pete Mattila 'Joinery Studies'This weekend course is suitable for all former students of Waterside who have completed Module 2 and runs over a 2-day period.The aim of this course is to explore the vocabulary of joinery design and its tooling to produce professional looking pieces. Through developing the artistic understanding of the union of two elements and creating the necessary tooling for shaping the material at hand, students will be able to walk away from a place of ‘Tradition’ to a place of contemporary technique. During the workshop students will learn and discuss traditional and hand forged joinery and will practice following joins: mortise and tenon, wedges, collaring, pipe rivets and a variety of hot riveting techniques and designs. Tasmanian based Pete Mattila, will be teaching with the assistance of the familiar Waterside crew.

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 June Intensive (Jun 9th / Jun 10th)

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.