Blacksmith Forge Project

Apprentices Welcome!

18th Century Blacksmith Forge

Elderslie Public School's History Club is seeking interested students, staff, parents and friends to help us create a working reproduction of an 18th century blacksmith's forge.

We seek curious minds to help research how a forge works and skilled hands to help us make a working forge. We have recently acquired a bellow from the Goldfields of Victoria and will be project managing the design and know-how of how to use a working blacksmith's forge.

We would like to be able to unveil our forge on our colonial day next term.

What is Blacksmithing?

The word “blacksmith” refers to iron, which was known as the black metal, and smith, meaning a smitter of metal (as in tinsmith or silversmith). The blacksmith was traditionally held in high esteem, because all trades known to mankind were dependent on the blacksmith. Most blacksmiths were toolmakers. They repaired things for people in the neighborhood and had to know how to work with different metals (source: http://www.prickettsfort.org).

Basic Blacksmithing Technique

Blacksmithing 6: The Basic hammer Blows