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Tharwa Valley Forge
We have been teaching people how to create amazing things since 2003
Each year we run over 100 courses and are the largest school of our type in the world. Our award-winning instructors are among the best in Australia and our 10 acre campus ensures an incomparable experience.

Featured Courses

Print Making

Fri 02-09-2022 7:00 pm - Sun 04-09-2022 5:00 pm

Over two and a half days you will be guided by artist and educator Antonia Aitken through a place-based making approach.  You will be invited to explore and interpret the site through walking, observational and gestural drawing and woodcut printmaking techniques.

Leather Bags

Fri 23-09-2022 7:00 pm - Sun 25-09-2022 5:00 pm

Learn the basics of traditional leatherwork through the process of making a leather bag. Choose from our catalogue of basic bags such as leather totes, handbags, tools bags, satchels, map cases, wallets and more. You’ll go home with a handcrafted leather bag along with the skills to make other leather products.

Suitable for adults and children age 16+

Friction Folding Knives

Fri 30-09-2022 8:00 am -5:30 pm

Introduction to making a friction folding knife in one day. This one day workshop will help you get started into making pocket knives. Knife design, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale making and sharpening are all covered.

We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own friction folder knives with minimal equipment in one day.

Japanese Razors

Mon 03-10-2022 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Traditional Japanese straight razors, Kamisori, have been used for centuries to provide an outstanding shave. Their off-set hollow ground blade make a very keen edge. This one day course takes you through the process of making two kamisori as well as a stand and a strop.

Kydex Foundations

Sat 15-10-2022 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Forming a Kydex sheathThis course is ideal for anyone who wants to make Kydex sheaths and holsters at home, wether for their own equipment or to sell to others. Bring two of your favorite knives and walk away with two sheaths, another small project of your own choosing, and the knowledge of how make a wide variety of other Kydex projects as well as how to make your own Kydex manufacturing equipment.

Custom Leather Aprons

Sun 16-10-2022 8:00 am -4:00 pm

Imagine your own custom leather apron made from heavy duty, premium leather. It fits you perfectly and has the right pockets, for the right tools, in the right places. That’s what this course is all about.

Learn how to make leather aprons by making your very own custom apron on this one day course.

These leather workshop aprons are tough. They are ideal for blacksmiths, bladesmiths, woodworkers, or anyone who spends time in a workshop, studio or garage.

Suitable for adults and children age 12+

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