On Sunday, July 23, 2017 between 10:00am and 2:00pm, the South West Rail and Heritage Centre will celebrate a long-established trade with its 'Blacksmith Bash' Open Day. Here visitors can not only observe the blacksmiths at work, but have the opportunity to chat to them and ask questions about their work.
As always, the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths will be working on a special project for the Blacksmith Bash Day, with master craftsman, Malcolm Paine introducing and instructing the blacksmiths in new skills and techniques to produce a very special piece of work.
The ancient art of blacksmithing has supported our primary and secondary industry for decades and this ageless skill still fascinates and has relevance in today's world.
Master Blacksmith shows his 'mettle'
Master craftsman, Malcom Paine with some of the many and varied tools of his blacksmith trade. Photo courtesy Busselton Historical Society.
Malcolm Paine is one of only two people in Australia who have become an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (London). He has been involved in blacksmithing for over 70 years, starting this work in the UK in 1945, one week after he left school at the age of 14. Malcolm has used his considerable skills to fashion all sorts of items from horseshoes through to decorative and ornamental ironwork. A great example of his work can be seen in the Boyanup Fettlers Park, where he fashioned the fettler who overlooks the park.
Master craftsman, Malcolm Paine demonstrating his blacksmith skills. Photo courtesy Busselton Historical Society.
The Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths group has grown since its humble beginnings and now the blacksmith forge (used as a training workshop), which operates on each Open Day on the fourth Sunday of each month is, like its mentor turning out all manner of ironwork, from broad-axes to hop-bicks, from dragons to roses and all sorts in between.
Blacksmith Ray with his broad-axe. Photo Courtesy the SWRHC collection.
Complementing the action, the Preston River Old Machinery Group will have some vintage machinery on show, the Capel Men's Shed will be on site and the ever-growing model railway will be operating (for young and old). Be enthralled by the comprehensive collection of agricultural machinery and rolling stock.
A great place to station the kids
The children will be thrilled at being able to climb inside, and travel on imaginary journeys (maybe a trip to Hogwarts) on the recently donated 'Norm Flynn Express'. This large replica train was gifted to the South West Rail and Heritage Centre by the Bunbury Musical Comedy Group upon the completion of their production of 'The Railway Children'.
To complete the experience visitors are able to enjoy light refreshments served in the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van, and children love to opportunity to have a ride on the 'parent powered, merry-go-round made from recycled materials. Don't forget the sausage sizzle.
At your convenience
Toilet facilities are available, including a toilet suitable for people with a disability. There is plenty of parking, just follow the signs.
The South West Rail and Heritage Centre is located in Turner Street Boyanup, an accessible day trip from Perth, and well worth the experience, is open from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, please contact Norm Chapple on email@example.com or call 0459 712 552. You may also find this website helpful.
Photos are from the SWRHC collection and the Busselton Historical Society. Artwork by John F.