Blacksmithing under spotlight at art fair


THE third annual Bathurst Art Fair (BAF), which takes place from November 4-5, is using the opportunity draw attention to the wonderful world of blacksmithing and forging.

FIRE AND METAL: Bathurst blacksmith Jon Pieters will be one of the smiths giving demonstrations at the forge at the Agricultural Museum during the Bathurst Art Fair next month

These activities have been popularised again recently, with the influence of television programmes such the American knife making competition, Forged in Fire.

“Blacksmithing is fast regaining its fair place as a vocation and skill to be embraced, especially when it comes to the realm of knife making,” said BAF convenor Tharine de Vos.

“We are very excited to announce, that the Bathurst Agricultural Museum will soon have their new forge up and firing.”

The Bathurst Forge will be offering blacksmithing courses in the near future. Leading to this, this year the BAF’s Forge & Anvil have a few fire and forging activities lined up, tying into a Guy Fawkes theme. It will take place at the Agricultural Museum complex in Bathurst, just one of more than 15 venues available for your creative viewing pleasure during the BAF.

The three blacksmiths at this year’s “Pop Up Forge” will give knife making demonstrations and offer spicy mulled wine, heated in an age old tradition, with a “mulling iron” – straight from the forge’s mouth.

“These are two classic traditions you cannot miss out on,” De Vos said.

Further to the Guy Fawkes theme, children (and adults), can get their very own little “Guy Fawkes Stakeman”, hammered and forged out as a memento.

Also, in line with Guy Fawkes, there will be a bonfire for toasting marshmallow and “Hey Guy!” Guy Fawkes hay dolls, made by visitors, and then tossed into the fire. All will be under supervision.

There are also toffee/treacle apples and sparklers on offer, and The Ploughman Pub will be offering food and beverages.

Be sure to peruse the marvellous antiquities at the Agricultural Museum, including an incredible collection of vintage tractors, puffing and strutting their stuff. Proceeds on the day go towards maintaining this remarkable museum.

There will also be a knife design competition. The design must be drawn to certain parameters, and the forgers will judge the best designs. The winners will be announced on Facebook and the Bathurst Art Fair website.

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