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Blacksmith Blast Powers On at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre

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A new secret project to be revealed
Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. Brian Golding, a member of the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths hard at work in the Blacksmith's forge at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre (Photographer: Lorelei Giorgi).
Brian Golding, a member of the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths hard at work in the Blacksmith's forge at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre (Photographer: Lorelei Giorgi).

Totally undaunted by unexpected outages (as last time), the South West Rail and Heritage Centre (SWRHC) are pleased to announce that the 'Blacksmith Blast' will 'power on', Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 10:00am to 2:00pm when the skilled artisans of the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths will be practising their ancient craft.

The Open Day will see the blacksmiths hard at work on a new secret project utilising their additional skills and revealing their creation to everyone attending on the day.

Master Blacksmith

As in previous years, Master Blacksmith, Malcolm Paine (who has been blacksmithing for over 70 years) will be introducing and instructing the blacksmiths in a new technique which will see a unique hand forged item created.

Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. Master craftsman, Malcolm Paine demonstrating his blacksmith skills. Photo credit: Busselton Historical Society.
Master craftsman, Malcolm Paine demonstrating his blacksmith skills (Photo credit: Busselton Historical Society).

Unique and commissioned projects

The blacksmiths have been commissioned to make tools for local people including the 'hop bick', a tool for cultivating between the hop bines (the climbing stem of the hop). Find out what the 'hop bick' was made from, and other questions you may have will be enthusiastically answered by the blacksmiths.

Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. The Hop Bick is a tool used in the cultivation of a hop crop, made by the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths (Photo credit: Paul Rampant).
The Hop Bick is a tool used in the cultivation of a hop crop, made by the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths (Photo credit: Paul Rampant).

Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. Iron Eyes, a dragon, totally hand forged was the first project tackled by the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths.
Iron Eyes, a dragon, totally hand forged was the first project tackled by the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths.

In past years, these new pieces of work have resulted in 'Iron Eyes', the dragon and the sign holder, which is a joint project with the Capel Men's Shed. Other projects that have been made using the blacksmithing skills include a broad axe and two members created the gate for the Capel RSL.

Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. RSL Gate, made by Boyanup Foundation Blacksmith members Ray and Brian for the Capel RSL (Photo credit: Ray Jones).
RSL Gate, made by Boyanup Foundation Blacksmith members Ray and Brian for the Capel RSL (Photo credit: Ray Jones).

Blacksmith Blast at the South West Rail and Heritage Centre. Boyanup Foundation Blacksmith Ray with a broad axe made in the forge on the South West Rail and Heritage site.
Boyanup Foundation Blacksmith Ray with a broad axe made in the forge on the South West Rail and Heritage site.

Please ask questions

All the SWRHC's resident groups, the Boyanup Foundation Blacksmiths, the Capel Men's Shed and the South West Model Railway Group will all be in operation, in addition to their intrepid railway carriage restorers bringing a 100-year-old carriage back to its former beauty.

Children are welcome and encouraged to experience our history

The children will love a ride on the 'parent-powered' merry-go-round, made from recycled materials, being a train driver on the Norm Flynn Express and see the model railway in action. If that is not enough, they will find plenty of machinery, trains, noise, workshops, sheds and general activity to have them exploring and completely enthralled.

Enjoy a break

Light refreshments will be available from the 'Picnic Van', a converted guard's van. Warming toasties, sandwiches, cakes, ice creams, cold drinks, tea and coffee will be on show, plus the ever-popular sausages will be a-sizzling.

Parking and toilets available

Toilet facilities are available, including a toilet suitable for people with a disability. There is plenty of parking, just follow the signs to find your convenient parking spot.

How to get there

The South West Rail and Heritage Centre situated 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 at swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au or call 0459 712 552. You may also find this website and their Facebook page helpful, and entry is by donation.



All photos are from the SWRHC collection unless otherwise noted in the article. Artwork by John F.
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Why? Watch the blacksmiths at work and enjoy a blast of a family day out
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Phone: Contact Norm Chapple on swrhc@railheritagewa.org.au or call 0459 712 552
Where: Rail Centre, 33 Turner St, Boyanup WA 6237
Cost: Entry by donation
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