Old School Trades- Blacksmith

Nestled in the rugged hills around Lithgow, in central west NSW is the almost-deserted State Mine.

The tower above the mine shaft still stands, and large, long workshops sit around the disused coal mine site.

In one of the old brick workshops, Phil Spark holds a long bar of steel and thrusts it into a glowing pit of coke pieces.

Sparks flare-up and the noise of combustion fizzes and hisses.

"Traditionally blacksmithing is about manipulating hot metal," said Mr Spark, with his prominent English accent.

"The reason it is called a blacksmith is the metal is black as it cools."

Originally from northern England, Mr Spark completed an engineering degree before moving to Australia in the 1980s, where he fell in love with forging. He's since been blacksmithing for over 30 years, and declares he's in 'paradise'.

Blacksmiths use a range of tools to do their work, including forges (a heating pit reaching up to 1,400 degrees Celsius), hammers, anvils, tongs, power hammers, and presses.

Wyoming Artist Blacksmiths will host annual 'Forge-In'

  1. Blacksmiths will sell their wares. Blacksmith tool vendors selling forges, tongs, hand held hammers and power hammers. People of all ages can try their hand at the art of blacksmithing. Free lecture at 8 p.m. by master blacksmith, James Viste, in the
  2. Duane Bomar, the president of the Wyoming Artist Blacksmiths is hosting his annual three-day 'Forge - In' this weekend. The event includes several forge stations for blacksmithing and metal work demonstrations. Participants will be provided with anvils
  3. This weekend, Osmundsen and Bomar are inviting the public to watch and learn the art of blacksmithing at their annual Forge-In. Participants will receive instruction from Osmundsen and Bomar while learning how to forge tools and learn the basics of

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