Come see some of Australia's finest blacksmiths get creative with red hot metal. Be nice and they might hand you a demo piece!
Flown over from San Fran especially to wow us, come and watch one of America's finest female blacksmiths demo her craft.
Come along, don a leather apron and experience the exhilaration that comes from traditional forging using coke fires, german anvils and hammers ($25/30min session), available both days.
Get down and watch Maribyrnong's Mayor gingerly ignite a fireball from the depths of the Maribyrnong River - Saturday 5pm. Not kidding, 20ft of fireball - no swimming with the fireball.
It's mothers day on Sunday 14th May! So, come on down and select something special for her from a fine array of hand forged items.
Live music by local La Rumba (Sat from 4.30pm), food trucks and drinks (incl. some amazing Belgian and local beers from Two Birds brewery) all day, every day (2 days)!
A dinner for blacksmiths, metal artists, stallholders, volunteers and sponsors, hosted by Bruce Pringle, involving Shawn Lovell (USA), Wil Maguire (NSW), Denise Axelson (VIC), Peter Mattila (TAS), Louise Paramor (VIC) talking from the prompt: "Art from metal, why and where to?"
Headed up by the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association (WBMAA), the festival is supported at its core by the Maribyrnong City Council, Waterside Metal Art Studio and a swash of volunteers, sponsors and experts in the field. The primary objective of the festival is to encourage fellowship and creativity within the Australian and International blacksmithing and metal artist community.
Our focus is aimed at bringing not just pot-bellied dudes with beards (although that tends to happen) but all of the community together to enjoy the process and products that result from the practice of artistic blacksmithing. During the festival there are opportunities for the public to experience the magic that comes from forging red hot metal!
Mastering the traditional process of forging hot steel requires one not only manage a fire but also to carefully watch the colour of the steel until it reaches a forging temperature. It is then that one must strike, seizing that moment when steel yields its strength and moves to a plastic state where it can be transformed in limitless ways. For many, this process is mesmerizing, romantic and touches on a primal chord that is difficult to find in our modern day world.