Since March of this year, Guido Gouverneur and his team at Be a Blacksmith have been introducing people from all walks of life to the world’s oldest trade at the Eveleigh Locomotive Workshops in Redfern, the same workshops that produced the trains of Sydney’s steam era.
Courses range from one day and weekend classes to 8 week intensives and are open to beginners and craft professionals wanting to learn a new discipline. Beginning Thursday June 9, Metalwork for Sculpture covers the practical, technical and creative requirements to making sculptural metal objects and is open to professional artists and beginners. For those interested in the foundation skills of an old trade, Blacksmith Fundamentals starts Tuesday June 7, this six week course caters to those who have never picked up a hammer before to experienced craftspeople. The focus of the class is to master hand forging techniques, with students applying their skills to forge their own barbecue tool set. Students have been relishing the thrill of blacksmithing, “I’ve loved getting the chance to work with hot metal, heat it up and bash it with a hammer” says student Chris Robertson.
Third generation blacksmith and craftsperson Guido Gouverneur oversees the operation and hopes the school will revive interest in traditional crafts with BAB also offering specialist classes like making Damascus steel, rare woodworking tools, hand engraving, plane and knife making. Students use refurbished heritage machinery and equipment to make their projects, including power-hammers, forges and anvils dating from as far back as the 1880s. “We want people to get to know Eveleigh by making things within it’s walls and by using its machinery – it’s a rare opportunity to work in such a historically significant place” says Guido.
Classes are instructed by trained professionals, with students getting the chance to hear from some of the best in the business. Guido has enlisted the guidance of master craftsperson Keith Fludder – an award winning knife-maker, blacksmith’s Matt Mewburn and Lok Sutherland, and fine wood-work tool maker David Chee to instruct the metalwork, knife and tool-making courses. Students of the Metalwork for Sculpture classes will be guided by Lisa Jones a contemporary artist and metalworker who has exhibited nationally and internationally.
You can find out more about the school at blacksmithingclasses.com.au
More useful links:
High res images: https://we.tl/uTqM7jJqma
Be a Blacksmith website: http://www.blacksmithingclasses.com.au/courses
History of Eveleigh: http://www.wroughtartworks.com/eveleigh-workshops.html
Metalwork for Sculpture Course: http://www.blacksmithingclasses.com.au/courses/blacksmithing-for-sculpture-thursday-nights-jun-9-jun-30
Blacksmithing Fundamentals course: http://www.blacksmithingclasses.com.au/courses/bbq-fundamentals-of-blacksmithing-tue-evenings-jun-7-jul-5
Guido Gouverneur, owner biography: http://www.wroughtartworks.com/guido-gouverneur.html
Guido Gouverneur, article in ATP newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/zd9wpv3
Knife-maker teacher, Keith Fludder biography: http://tinyurl.com/hxkfxye
Lisa Jones artist CV: http://lisajones.net/cv