Locals to learn about ancient art of blacksmithing

May 3, 2017 by  

The banks of the Maribyrnong River in Footscray soon will be alive with blacksmiths and creators of metal art from all over Australia joining in two days of demonstrations and talks about their art.

Metal will be melted and reformed into works of art, some of which will be on display for purchase. Tools for blacksmithing and working with metal will also be available.

Coordinated by the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association, live entertainment will be presented throughout the two days of the festival, and food and drinks stalls will be available, with Belgian beer able to be purchased. Experienced forgers who have at least completed a beginner’s course will be able to set up their anvils and display their skills at the festival. There is currently discussion around the possibility of allowing people who have not had experience to also try their hand at forging.

Waterside Metal Art Studio provides courses on blacksmithing and offers tools for sale, as well as a place for people to practice the trade. Banners are often used at such events, while business cards may also be on hand.

Those interested can join in the activities at the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Festival from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday, May 13 and from 10:00 am until 4:00pm on Sunday, May 14th at the Footscray Community Arts Centre at 60 Maribyrnong Street in Footscray. This is a family event with free entry and all are welcome.