Blacksmith Tony Mardling owner/operator of the The Accidental Blacksmith in the South Lismore Industrial Estate.
Blacksmith Tony Mardling owner/operator of the The Accidental Blacksmith in the South Lismore Industrial Estate. Jacklyn Wagner

Accidental Blacksmith forges ahead

IT IS often said in the world of small business that if a company makes it past the 18-month mark there is a good chance it will succeed and actually generate a profit.

Tony Mardling is at that point, and said things are only now just starting to turn in favour of The Accidental Blacksmith.

“It had been a week-to-week proposition, but just over the last couple of months things have started to pick up,” he said. “I'm feeling pretty confident now.”

He said he has done a bit of advertising 'but so far it's been word of mouth with people coming in with my card that I have given to other people I have done work for'.

Mr Mardling came to Lismore when 'heading north' after his marriage broke down and decided to visit a friend on the way.

Living up to his company's name, Mr Mardling 'accidentally' came across his current premises while driving around with his friend. He decided to stay and set up shop.

“I had no intention of doing anything up here but ended up, by accident, just starting. I guess it was destiny,” he said.

“When I did some research I discovered there were no blacksmiths locally and thought it would be a good place to set up.”

Mr Mardling honed his blacksmithing skills in Melbourne at the highly respected blacksmith Abbotsford Iron after an apprenticeship in jewellery making and design.

Hidden away in the South Lismore industrial estate, the concrete floor of his workshop doubles as a sketch pad for commission-based works, which fill the warehouse. “I do a bit of everything - gates, garden furniture like chaise lounges, signage, security doors ... the only thing I don't do is horse shoes.”

“Most of it is purpose built, otherwise things can hang around for some time and I just don't have the space.”

  • The Accidental Blacksmith, 1/5 Kingsford Smith Drive, South Lismore, 0425 701 299


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