Sep 19, 2016
Bruce Beamish is an industrial-trained blacksmith in Australia,
his passion for blacksmithing started when he was 15 in
school. He took a metals class that included forging.
After school he decided to continue learning the craft and work as
an apprentice, he was offered a job with the Australian Navy
as an industrial blacksmith.
What We Talked About
- Bruce tells us how his ABANA 2016 experience was as an attendee
and an Anyang Rep, demonstrating some the Anyang Hammers
- Being a faraway Australian member of ABANA for many years, he
recalls the first five years of ABANA and how Dick Quinnell visited
one the early conferences and was inspired to start the British
Artist Blacksmith Association back in the UK.
- Australia has many state based blacksmith associations, though
it doesn’t have one large association that covers all of Australia,
such as ABANA.
- Bruce’s passion for blacksmithing started when he was 15 in
school. He took a metals class that included forging metal.
After school he decided to continue forging and work as an
apprentice, he was offered a job with the Australian Navy as
an industrial blacksmith.
- We talk about why Bruce approached me to do an Australian
Series of podcasts with Aussie blacksmiths. He would like to bring
awareness of the craft to the Australian public as well as grow the
education opportunities for blacksmiths.
- The Australian Series of podcasts will include interviewing:
- Lindsay Cole, the head instructor at Ultimo Tafe (TAFE – stands
for Technical And Further Education government funded college) for
the trade training of industrial blacksmiths
- Matt Mewburn, Matt is a successful graduate of Lindsay’s
teaching and is now running classes himself at the historic
Eveleigh Railway Blacksmith Shop as well as running his own
- Amanda Gibson, coordinated the Tree Project, a mammoth
undertaking in time, resilience and determination. The Tree project
is a memorial to the people who lost their lives in the Black
Saturday Bushfires of 2009. It is a full sized tree forged
from Stainless Steel covered with over three thousand leaves from
around the world. It is set in a very peaceful garden setting
with forged timber and steel seating and a lovely garden, it is a
special place you cannot help but be touched when you visit
- Denise Axelsen is another Blacksmith that I think would bring
an interesting perspective. Denise trained at Hereford at the same
time as Mark Aspery and she is a past secretary of BABA. She has
travelled to a number of places to live and that is a story in
itself, Blacksmithing in Saudi Arabia (as a woman). In Perth,
Australia, Cairns, Australia and now a new forge in rural
- Gameco will be the sponsor of this series because the owner,
Corwin, has been the driving force and playing a large part in
supplying and growing the bladesmith and blacksmith craft there in
A Big Thank You to today’s sponsor – Gameco Artisan