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Tharwa Valley Forge

blacksmith striking hot metal on an anvil with sparks flying
Man and children blacksmithing on an anvil
blacksmiths drifting a hammer head
handmade stainless steel Japanese kitchen knife
traditional straight razor on a workbench
a steel rose made using decorative blacksmithing techniques
rustic hand forged steak knives atop wooden box
aerial photo of Tharwa Bridge over the Murrumbidgee River
blacksmith striking hot metal on an anvil with sparks flying
Man and children blacksmithing on an anvil
blacksmiths drifting a hammer head
handmade stainless steel Japanese kitchen knife
traditional straight razor on a workbench

Overview

Tharwa Valley Forge delivers authentic blacksmithing and bladesmithing experiences every weekend and most days of the week. Tharwa Valley Forge provides everyone from novices to experts with the opportunity to experience traditional crafts and to learn new skills.

Experience Blacksmithing in a working forge, design and create your own kitchen knives, or come together as a family and work on a project together. These are just a few of the many experiences available all year round.

Tharwa Valley Forge have been teaching people how to create amazing things since 2003. Each year they run over 100 courses and are the largest school of their type in the world. Tharwa Valley Forges' award-winning instructors are among the best in Australia and their world-class facilities ensures an incomparable experience.

The 10 acre campus is set in bushland on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and is adjacent to Namadgi National Park. Heritage listed accommodation is available on site at historic Cuppacumbalong Homestead.

For those staying at Cuppacumbalong during their course, there is plenty to see and do. Go bush walking along marked trails, visit historic sites along the river, and see native wildlife including kangaroos and wombats.

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11 Naas Road, Tharwa Valley Forge, Tharwa, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

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“Knife making heaven ”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1yr ago by Alby_Mangles

The Australian Bladesmithing School is awesome unique experience. If you like knives this is an absolute MUST in Canberra. A two day course might look expensive on the face of it, but if you consider...

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“A blissful week of creative destruction”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 3yrs ago by hisn

His Nibbs spent a blissful week taking perfectly straight pieces of metal and making them into ugly, yet personalised, tongs, hammers, punches and scribes. The tutors are excellent, and the learning...

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