Blacksmithing is Addictive!

Are you dreaming of anvils and fire? Upon completing a course, or two, you can become a member at the studio. Or, maybe you would like to become part of our community that runs the Blacksmiths Festival.


Members can further their forging skills by working on their own projects, at their own pace. Before applying to become a member, applicants will need to have completed a Module 1 course at Waterside, attended a similar structured course elsewhere or demonstrate fundamental competencies.

Become a member


You will need to purchase an annual membership pass.
Membership fees cover public liability insurance, the use of forge facilities and access to the studio’s steel stock (fees apply). After 3 months, members are expected to bring their own hand tools (e.g. regularly used tongs, hammers, punches, etc…).


Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:30pm, spots are limited and we recommend pre-booking to avoid missing out.


Individual Forging Session – $45
10x Forging Session card – $400

Supervision is included in the forging session fees but not teaching. The use of power tools, welding and oxy-acetylene equipment will only be permitted after approval by the supervisor and is not included in the fee. Members are required to bring their own steel or purchase from the studio.

Blacksmiths Festival

28-29 May 2022

The Blacksmiths Festival is a free biennial community event that was started by Waterside in 2013. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the most celebrated events on the metal artist and local community calendars.

The festival is now run by a cohort of volunteers, under the banner of the Blacksmiths Festival Association Inc., and attracts thousands of attendees who come to enjoy a great and unique atmosphere in Melbourne's Inner West. Waterside remains a major supporter and sponsor for the festival.