A group and meet ups for knifemakers to get together, talk shop, share ideas and get to know each other face to face that usually know each other from the Facebook group “Australian Blacksmiths, Bladesmiths and Knifemakers Network”
Timetable for the OCTOBER Meet Up:
- 6pm early arrivers meet at the Melton Hotel for Socialising and Get Together
- 7pm move on to the Gameco-Artisan Supplies headquarter to present each others work, Metal Marker MK 3 Electro Etcher demonstration, discuss and socialise
The events are social in nature, running for 2 hours usually on a Tuesday night. Knifemakers bring their completed, and works in progress and can discuss any issues or successes they may be having. Gameco-Artisan Supplies hosted our first meet up in May 2015 in our Sydney store and for 2016 we meet every last Tuesday of the month.
The meets are regularly attended by between 35 and 50 knifemakers and bladesmiths, but not all are from the Sydney region. We have had people attend from up to 4 hours drive away. Places including the Hunter Valley, Huskisson, Nowra and Canberra. This was something that was not expected.
Many local association members attend these events. You will find members of the NSW Artist Blacksmiths Association, Australian Knifemakers Guild, The Knife Art Association, American Bladesmith Society and Traditional Tool Group.
The meets are promoted on many forums, but the key place to get information, is the
Facebook group “Australian Blacksmiths, Bladesmiths and Knifemakers Network”. This group has over 8600 members, mostly comprised of new, or people interested in becoming, knife makers.