Heavy metal ladies’ weekend

It was a ladies-only affair at Wayne Cottee''s blacksmithing workshop. Photos - Sue Keong.

A group of local women attended the first-ever women’s blacksmithing workshop in Warwick recently.

Wayne Cottee – blacksmithing enthusiast and owner of Warwick Automatic Transmission Service – facilitated the workshop and will hold a similar event for the blokes only in December.

Workshop participant Sue Keong said everyone had a great time.

“Some of the girls had worked metal before but this was the first time for most to use the forge,” Sue told the Free Times.

Mary Donnelly said it was a “very satisfying weekend”.

“We made new friends and learnt new skills,” she said.

“Great facilities and an excellent tutor – Couldn’t have asked for better!”

Jane Milliken agreed, saying blacksmithing “takes a lot of arm power and breath, great for toning them both”.

“Though pretty much we were breathless by day’s end we were thrilled with what we hand- wrought, and that each participant finished their items,” Jane said.

Diane Lawler said the “camaraderie of all the ladies made the weekend most enjoyable, especially as we had not met prior to the course”.

“Everyone was generous with their time and support to assist with various procedures throughout the activities.”

For details about the men’s blacksmithing workshop on the first weekend in December give Wayne Cottee a call on 0439 699 376.

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