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!
Blacksmithing, romanticism and fire
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.