Eveleigh Works Is Sydney's New Casual Blacksmithing School

It's opening at the old Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops with a big ol' party.

For all of those aspiring blacksmiths out there, the Australia Technology Park hears you. That's why, as of April, the site is going back to its 130-year-old roots and workshop and opening a blacksmithing and traditional craft school.

Before it was Carriageworks and the Australian Technology Park, the heritage-listed site was once the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops, a 19th century hub for building and maintaining the steam trains that serviced Sydney between 1887 until 1987. Now revamped and reinvigorated into Eveleigh Works, the school will run weekly short courses in metal sculpture, hand forging, knife-making and traditional tool-making. Their first course, starting this weekend, is a two-day introduction to blacksmithing.

To celebrate, the young creatives behind the launch are throwing a party on Sunday, April 2 from 1–5pm. It's a free entry, all-ages event which will include glass blowing, foraging and tool-making demonstrations, as well as live music from local acts The Sweet Jelly Rolls and Indigo Rising. They're also keeping it local with booze and food by Newtowners Young Henrys and Rising Sun Workshop, respectively.

While you may not have considered blacksmithing as a career choice, Eveleigh Works may change your mind — or at least allow you to add some metal skills to your repertoire. We'll definitely be getting in on that glass blowing demonstration.

Eveleigh Works kicks off its classes this weekend, with the opening party to be held on Sunday, April 2 from 1pm. For more info, visit the Facebook event and eveleigh.works

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Published on March 17, 2017 by Marissa Ciampi

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