Welcome to Blacksmithing QLD my name is Martin Geddes, I have over forty- five years experience in the Metal Fabrication industry, fourteen of which were spent on the tools, experiencing a large variety of manufacturing in heavy metal fabrication. For thirty years I was employed as a, workplace assessor, and a qualified teacher in the metals and engineering field.
I hold a Bachelor of Vocational Education and international welding qualifications, one as a Welding Specialist and the other as a Welding Practitioner. I was one of fifteen Queenslanders to be granted a Churchill Fellowship, and for eight weeks worked and trained in the USA and Czech Republic to enhance my skills in the forging and forming of hot ferrous metals (blacksmithing).
My desire to get involved in Blacksmithing started in 1993 when I started teaching at Yeronga TAFE where I attended as many Blacksmithing courses as I could find. In 1995 the Blacksmithing teacher left Yeronga TAFE and I took his place teaching the basic courses. I continued to teach these courses until 2002 when I got a teaching position at the Bremer TAFE in Ipswich. Bringing the Blacksmithing equipment with me, I set up classes in the Powerhouse building at the Railway Workshops Museum and later in the Blacksmith shop on the same site. In 2013, the Blacksmithing equipment was donated to the Ipswich Historical Society (IHS) and for about two years I ran Blacksmith classes at my residence.
Late 2016, I was asked to set up a Blacksmith shop at the Cooneana Historical Centre on behalf of the (IHS). Since that time, a functional Blacksmith shop has been established, not only in its ability to display the trade/craft but also as a safe teaching facility in which I run seven-hour classes monthly for beginner and/or advanced blacksmith workshops. In late 2017, I made a financial commitment and built six portable forges, purchased anvils and fabricated adjustable height anvil stands and a lot of tooling to assist me in running classes at various location.
2021 sees the beginning of nationally recognised Blacksmith classes delivered at the Cooneana Historical Centre.