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Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

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Try your hand at the art of blacksmithing In the beautiful central North Island.

Highlights

  • Make a hand forged knife, small axe, herb knife, fire poker or choose an item of your choice.
  • Your tutor is one of the true time served Blacksmiths in New Zealand with passion, skill, and deep understanding
  • Situated in the beautiful central North Island, the blacksmith forge is set in perfect environment for inspiration and creativity!
  • Take your own piece of art home with you

Suitable for beginners, you have the choice to choose what your would like to create over the course, and best of all - you get to take your own piece of art home with you!

Your tutor, Rob, is one of the true time served Blacksmiths in New Zealand.

Rob teaches with lots of enthusiasm and Kiwi humor, so you know you’ll have a great time!

His passion, skill, and deep understanding this fascinating skill ensures you a truly authentic experience into the world of Blacksmithing in New Zealand.

Fantastic year round - in the summer months the large forge doors are opened to let the sunshine in and in the winter months you will be cozy and warm inside by the coal fire.

Location: 243 Waipapa road, RD7 Te Awamutu 3877

 

Half-day experience in the forge: The half-day course is great for those who would like to get a little taste of what blacksmithing is all about. You’ll be introduced to some of the basics and will have time for a small hand forged project. Here are some of the things you can choose from: a fire poker, coat hook, garden tool, herb/pizza knife, pizza oven tool, corkscrew or bottle opener.

Duration: 9am - 1pm, morning tea provided

Full day experience in the forge: More time, better projects! A full day is great for knife making. Several styles are possible such as a hunting/camping or a chef’s knife. You will hand forge your knife from scratch (with a little help of course!) and will fit it with a wooden handle. A small axe is also possible to make during this workshop. Other fun projects are a door knocker, a bird feeder, flowers, gardening tools, BBQ tools or how about a set of tools for your fireplace or pizza oven? Do you have another idea? Let us know, we love trying new things!

Duration: 9am - 4pm, morning tea and lunch provided

Half Day $149.00
Full Day $249.00

What's included

  • Safety glasses and ear protection
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch (Full day course)

Notes

  • Both half day and full day experiences start at 9:00am

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

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3spaces priced from:

  • Half Day$125.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Half Day$119.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Full Day$249.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Full Day$249.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Lori Silsbee from New Zealand wrote on 01 September 2018

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great half day making great stuff at kowhai forge

great time to learn a bit about blacksmithing. even if you want to get into blacksmithing or not. its a great place to learn, great fun.

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From Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

Hi Lori, Thank you for your review and awesome picture! We hope to see Daniel back for some more forging in the future! Thanks, Rob and Arja

Manda from Canada wrote on 22 July 2018

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Awesome Experience

There were a few different things that really come together to make this an awesome experience: First off, it’s blacksmithing - so right off the hop it’s pretty cool and unique. Secondly, Arja & Rob are lovely, down-to-earth people. This isn’t a big tourist trap churning people through the doors - it’s a family affair, and these guys are friendly and welcoming. Their personalities just amplify the experience. Lastly, Rob’s passion for blacksmithig just pours out of him the second he steps into the shop. It really is one of those magical things where you get to work with someone who is completely in the element of doing what they love. I think this was the best part of it.

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From Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

Hi Amanda, Thank you very much for your lovely review and visit over the weekend. We really enjoyed meeting you both and hearing about your unique knowledge that you brought along! I hope you had a safe trip home and look back on a great visit to New Zealand. Thanks again! Arja

Kristine Joy Choi from New Zealand wrote on 16 May 2018

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Great day out

I booked a workshop for my partner and I as part of his birthday weekend surprise. Despite not knowing what to expect and probably one of the most unlikely characters to do a Blacksmithing course, Rob and his family have been very welcoming and accommodating. There was lots of learning, fun and laughter as Rob shared his passion with us. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to try something new and would like to experience the art of blacksmithing.

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From Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

Hi Kristine, thanks so much for leaving a review. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend away together. Thanks for coming along, it was great to meet you both! Cheers Arja

Bridget and Brownie Komene from Australia wrote on 14 January 2018

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Tactile and Organic.

The Kowhai Forge experience should not be missed. It was grass roots to the core. Certainly it invites each participant to immerse themselves in past history even so briefly. The forging of metal using fire and creativity, enabled me to appreciate my Maori heritage and culture. In a tactile manner it encouraged me to see the individual successes of Maori. Thus organically the process of forging and constant reshaping can bring about success. Our hosts Anja and Rob were inclusive to everyone's needs. The heart and soul of Kowhai Forge is Rob and Anja. Without them it would be just a another business. To those who maybe thinking of ... please find time to be part of a very special experience.

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From Blacksmithing Course - Kowhai Forge

Thank you so much Bridget and Brownie. We feel very humbled by your words and enjoyed spending time with you. Cheers Rob and Arja

Jiayu Zhou from New Zealand wrote on 09 January 2018

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Good experience

A very interesting experience! I made a herb knife and it's so cool! Rob is a nice and patient person! Would definitely recommend to my friends!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! It was great having you here!

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