Hammer striking hot metal on an anvil sending sparks flying

Build your own English Longbow and learn archery. Experience blacksmithing by making your own decorative piece. Forge hot steel into a set of kitchen knives that will last a lifetime.

Tharwa Valley Forge is proud to provide Innovative Community Participation programs funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Thanks to the NDIS, people may take part in our scheduled courses or attend a custom course designed to achieve a specific goal.

For over a decade we have been helping people reconnect with traditional crafts. We help people discover the joy of creating something durable and useful with their own hands.

No experience with tools is necessary. Our professional full-time instructors guide attendees towards achieving a meaningful result. Our staff are there to teach and to correct mistakes, but the achievement is all the attendees own.

Our staff come from a diverse background and include social workers, ex-military, ex-police, and outdoor educators. We have lived-experience of disability, both physical and mental, and are adept at accommodating participants without compromising the meaningful nature of their experience.

We are happy to welcome you for a site visit by prior arrangement. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (0418 165 433) to discuss what we can do for you or to make an appointment to visit and see what we do.

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Christmas & New Year Postage

Shipping from our online store will cease over the Christmas and New Year period as we stand down to a skeleton crew.

Orders placed until midnight 16/12/2018 will ship on 17/12/2018. Orders placed after this date ship when regular service resumes on 07/01/2019.

Gift Certificates for our courses are not affected by this, as they are delivered digitally. Feel free to place an order for physical goods during the shutdown period, but please understand it will not ship until 07/01/2019