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Australian Blacksmithing Show

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I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Medieval Craft On Show
The annual Australian Blacksmithing Show will be staged at historic Mont De Lancey Homestead, Wandin on Sunday 9th October 2016 10am - 4.30pm.

Victoria Wandin Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead Blacksmith Blacksmithing Forge Forges Anvil Metalwork
Blacksmithing has been around since the dark ages but the Wandin Blacksmithing Group create the opportunity for anyone to participate in the ancient art. Image: Vectorolie /

The show features blacksmiths and metal workers from every State and Territory as well as wood workers, tin and silversmiths and a range of other traditional crafts.

Visitors will see blacksmiths at work, woodturning, stone carving, medieval re-enactments and the making of armour and replica weapons.

Victoria Wandin Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead Blacksmith Blacksmithing Forge Forges Anvil Metalwork
The sound of hammer on hot metal will ring out around Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead for the Australian Blacksmithing Show. Photo: Bill Longshaw /

At $10 entry for adults (kids are free) and with free tea, coffee and cake thrown in, this has to be one of the best-value-for-money events to come along in quite some time.

Mont De Lancey is home to a group of more than 50 amateur blacksmiths, members of the Wandin Blacksmithing Group, who meet each weekend in the properties authentic blacksmith shop.

The group aims to keep the ancient art of blacksmithing alive by sharing their knowledge and skills with the public and offering 4-week training courses for those who might be interested in learning the art of forging metal with the anvil and hammer.

The next classes begin on Saturday 3rd September. Cost of the course is $220 and includes all equipment & materials needed and the use of all necessary tools.

Victoria Wandin Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead Blacksmith Blacksmithing Forge Forges Anvil Metalwork
Fifty amateur blacksmiths use the anvil at Mont De Lancey to forge all manner of iron work. Photo Jeff Ratcliff /

If you're interested, call Oskar on 0434 533 217 or email

Mont De Lancey is at Wandin, 48 kilometres east of Melbourne, about a 55-minute drive via the M3, the Eastern Freeway.
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Why? Take a rare opportunity to witness the art of blacksmithing which dates back to Medieval times.
When: Sunday 9th October 2016 10am - 4.30pm
Phone: (03) 59 642 088 or e-mail
Where: Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead
Cost: $10 per adult (Kids are free) and there's free coffee, tea and cake.
Your Comment
Now that does sound interesting. Smithing is indeed a skill and thanks to places like this the old crafts are preserved for future generations.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7178) 1169 days ago
Hello ... the event is actually on the 9th of October according to their website and entry is free.
by admin (score: 0|2) 1102 days ago
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