To coincide with the visit of Barry Brickell to Dunedin and his exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery HIS OWN STEAM: A BARRY BRICKELL SURVEY, the Dunedin Gasworks Museum is holding series of Blacksmithing Demonstrations and Master classes that are open to the public. These are being held in the recently restored Fitting Shop Forge.
These classes are being run by Nate Savill who has worked at Barry Brickell's Driving Creek Railway on commissions for the Barry Brickell Gallery.
Nate the Blacksmith
Nathan Savill a.k.a. Nate the Blacksmith used to work as a journalist, until a series of events led him to Westport. Here he spent a year living in a barn without electricity and learning the basics of blacksmithing on a course designed to pacify Westport’s delinquent youth run by local blacksmith Robert Green
After a year in Westport, Nate returned to Auckland and enrolled in Unitec’s Bachelor of Design and Visual Art which he completed at the end of last year.
Nate has spent the last three summers running a coal forge at Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway and Pottery in Coromandel. He has recently completed a large chandelier commission for Barry.
Nate has also worked for Andrew Drummond and Lou Purvis.
Using both coal and gas forges, Nate uses traditional blacksmithing techniques to create both functional and sculptural objects.
Blacksmithing Master Class
This class is 4 hours in length. It will explore all the skills needed to complete a simple project like a fire poker, basic candle holder, coat hook, beer bottle opener.
You will learn the skills of basic blacksmithing techniques - hammer, drawing out (tapering), twisting, bending, punching as well as fire management and hammer control.This course will integrate blacksmithing lore, basic concepts around tool use, forge use, and safety.
Every participant should go home with one small project
Blacksmithing Master Class: Cost $150.00 (includes all material and equipment)
• Saturday 13th September: Daytime workshop 11am-3pm
• Tuesday 16th September: Evening workshop 5.00-9pm
• Thursday 18th September: Evening workshop 5.00-9pm
• Saturday 20th September: Daytime workshop 11am-3pm
Available from mytickets.excellentevents.co.nz or call 03 477 8048
Nate Savill and Peter Mason working in the the Fitting Shop Forge
• Sunday 14th September 12 - 3pm
• Sunday 21st September 12 - 3pm