The Making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree

An inspiring story of recovery that grew as an artisan response to the Black Saturday fires which devastated townships north-east of Melbourne in February 2009.

Watch the film

Forged from Fire is an independtly produced and distributed film. Screenings are being coordinated through a volunteer driven community outreach campaign. Watch our film at a screening event near you or contact us about organising one yourself.

Host a screening

Communities across Australia may host their own screening of Forged from Fire. Find out how. All screenings are supplied with a Screening Guide prepared by staff and students from the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology.

Own a DVD

Producing and manufacturing DVDs in the 21st Century is still costly which is why we need a minimum of 100 advance orders to make this happen. You will be reimbursed in full if we do not reach our target.

DVDs will be shipped early March 2019.


Forged from Fire tells the story of how an Australian and international community of blacksmiths, welders, artists and volunteers responded to the devastating Black Saturday bush-fires by creating perhaps the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – a three tonne, 9.8-meter tall stainless steel and copper gum tree – The Blacksmiths’ Tree.

Director: Andrew Garton
: 60 Minutes

A production of Secession Films.

You’ve done an incredible thing to tell that story over such a time scale. It has an emotional heart that’s still resonating with me today.
Michael Wilkins

2 Road Films


I had a chance tonight to look at Forged from Fire and want to congratulate all involved, in creating a film of such sincerity, engagement and, truly, radiance.

Lynda Watts

Silver Muse Productions


Seeing that tree all together was very affecting for me…like a community put back together after unthinkable devastation.

Jeannette Davison

Director, Montsalvat

Donate to support our Community Outreach

Help us market and distribute Forged from Fire – the making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree by making a tax-deductible donation.

Every donation over $2 is tax-deductible through the Documentary Australia Foundation.

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