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HTN 94 - The Blacksmiths Workshop has moved into new premises

23rd May 2006

The Blacksmiths Workshop has moved into new premises.

The new workshop is four times the size of the one at Guga S'thebe and we don't have to share the space with anyone else!
Wiseman and the guys spent two weeks building a new forge and setting up the workshop - the fires are now burning!

Our new workshop in in the Ulwazi Centre, 36 Njoli Street, Zone 16, Langa.


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Artist Blacksmithing 1 year course
Course content: Basic Blacksmithing, you will be taught and will make, use and equip yourself with all the hand tools and skills needed to work as an artist blacksmith. Design and business skills electives will also be offered. The Course will be overseen and some modules taught by Conrad Hicks.
Fee: R25 000 (payment plans are available)
Limited Bursaries are available - please contact us for more information.
Includes: materials, equipment, safety gear and textbooks
Dates: 30 January - 30 November 2005
What to bring: tool box, strong clothing no synthetic fabrics, good attitude, be prepared for hard work, healthy and fit, people with physical disadvantages should consult first. The course is open to people of ages16 onwards. We can accommodate all levels of experience.
At the end of the first year students will have an option to continue into a second year of more advanced training.
Space is limited - please book early

Short courses will be advertised during the course of the year.

Two Week Tool Making Course
Brent Bailey is a Master Artist Blacksmith and tool maker based in California. He is very experienced and teachers tool making all over the states and Peru. Brent has been given a grant by the Artist Blackmith Association of North America to come to the Blacksmiths Workshop for two months. He will run a two week tool making course while he is here.
Dates 20 February - 3 March 2006
Fee: R2000
No previous experience required.
Space is limited - please book earlyShort courses will be offered by visiting Blacksmiths through out the year - we will keep you posted
For registration forms or more information and course details please contact Dammon Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 447 5066 or
082 717 0993
Dammon Rice and Conrad Hicks
The Blacksmiths Workshop s a non-profit Trust.

The vision is of a renaissance in the ancient craft of the African Blacksmith to stimulate jobs in a niche market in the South African economy.
The Blacksmiths Workshop will train , men and women as blacksmiths, enabling them to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs.
Non-racialism, employment equity, empowerment, non-sexism, productivity, innovation, excellence, self-respect, dignity.