Christmas Firepoker Challenge 2016
Would you like to try your hand at the time honoured art of blacksmithing this Christmas holidays?
You carefully remove the red hot steel from the glowing fire of the blacksmiths forge, you place it on the anvil and begin to strike it with the hammer, you can feel the metal start to move and yield to the blows. Working quickly you shape, bend and twist the metal before it goes cold, before long you have created your first piece of wrought iron, a lovely sculpted fire poker, made with your very own hands.
Yes folks, its on again, starting Boxing Day, but this time there’s a twist (excuse the pun), you get the choice of crafting a decorative firepoker or a nice twisty forged coat hook. As usual local blacksmiths and metal artists Ron Fitzpatrick and Steve Cunningham will be on hand to guide you through the making of your very own firepoker. Which of course you get to take home with you.
“After the huge success of the Easter challenge which saw 70 people come and try their hand at some wrought iron work we decided to run it again” says Ron.”What was great about the last challenge was seeing how many woman enjoyed it.
We also had couples who did it as a bonding exercise, whole families looking for something to do, young and older people.” For others the Firepoker Challenge fulfilled a lifelong wish to try blacksmithing. As Neal remarked on the gallery’s Facebook page, “Great fun… thanks for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The Christmas Challenge will be held over 4 days starting Boxing day 26th December with 3 days 26th, 27th, 28th and then a 4th day on the Sat. 31st. with 2 sessions per day, 10am- 12pm, 1pm- 3pm. Firepoker/ Coat hook takes about 20minutes to complete. Cost is $20 per person, includes materials and tuition. Decent footwear required.
Places are limited so bookings are essiential. Bookings: Ron 0407723722
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Visitors to the Talisman Gallery can also browse the amazing range of metal sculpture, art mirrors, clocks and a whole room of selected imported hand crafted silver jewellery.
The gallery is located in the Hartley Historic Village 300 mtrs from the turnoff to Jenolan caves and is an ideal stop off on the way to the caves with another gallery, gift shop, cafe serving great food and coffee and public toilets.
Christmas Holiday Opening Hours: Talisman Gallery will be open everyday from Boxing day though till sunday 8th Jan, ,after that will be usual opening hours 10- 5 Wed- Sund.
Hartley Historic Village, Gt. West. Hwy. Hartley
Metal Wall Art – Handcrafted Mirrors, Clocks and Dragon Sculptures
Welcome to the Talisman Gallery in Little Hartley, one of the Blue Mountains most fascinating tourist attractions. Our metal wall art sculpture gallery displays a permanent exhibition of the work of metal sculpture artist, Ron Fitzpatrick.
Visit Our Online Metal Art Sculpture Gallery
Browse our wonderful range of unique metal wall art creations inspired by ancient symbols, astrology and nature. Here you will find dragon figures that seem to have emerged from the mists of time, fabulous metal sculptured wall mirrors and clocks, Celtic candle holders and medieval torches.
Click here to go to our Online Metal Art Sculpture Gallery
We Deliver Our Metal Sculptures Anywhere in the World
For ten years we have been shipping our art works all over the world, taking special care to protect your precious purchase with careful packing and shipping.
Christmas Holiday Opening Hours: open 10am- 5pm everyday from Boxing day though till Sunday 8th Jan, after that will be usual opening hours 10- 5 Wed- Sund.
Visit the Alchemy Wood Fired Pizza Cafe: PH: 63552056
If you are coming to the gallery then dine in The Alchemy Wood Fired Pizza Cafe overlooking the stunning Hartley Valley. We serve the best wood fired pizzas you will ever taste, all whilst you sit and take in the beautiful ambience of the Blue mountains.
For information about other attractions, things to do and places to stay go to our Blue Mountains page