The Making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree

A story of devotion and recovery as artists and blacksmiths the world over responded to the Black Saturday fires that devastated townships north-east of Melbourne in February 2009.


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Unless stated otherwise, all 2020 public screenings events in Australia have been cancelled. However Forged from Fire is available at Vimeo On Demand.

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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

We have a limited run of beautifully packaged DVDs of Forged from Fire available. The DVD includes a host of extras.


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
: 58:30

A production of Secession Films.

This is a beautiful capturing of the process of making the tree, but more importantly, of the relationships forged in the process.
It is beautifully filmed and sensitively narrated.

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

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