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Training the Trainers

Dave Field, a trainer from Hereford College of Blacksmithing,  has just returned from a fortnight in Tanzania where he has been teaching advanced techniques to the best of the blacksmith groups we are working with in Lake Zone Tanzania. He has taught them how to carry out better heat treatment to make sure the tools [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00January 2nd, 2013|News|

Sewing Machine Training in Pangani + kits delivered to Kagera

July saw 38 members from 17 different groups take part in a course designed to help them maintain their sewing machines and to repair them when they go wrong.  This as just as important as getting machines out to Tanzania in the first place, helping to make the tailors even more self reliant.  The course [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:04+00:00September 6th, 2012|News|


Ian and Tony with our brand new road sign, awarded to TFSR Cymru for our work with SIDO in and around Mwanza. More information on Wales Africa Links facebook page “You changed my life. I used to spend my money on make-up.  Now I buy your billhooks!”     A happy customer of ours at the Green [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00July 21st, 2012|News|

We have buckets – we need sewing machines!

Our container left for Tanzania in April, and arrived in Dar es Salaam on 25th May with 13 tonnes of tools and sewing machines. We are still short of embroidery machines for women's groups in Tanga and Singida regions.  Are there any unwanted/unused machines out there? Please contact us  today Many thanks  -  the Welsh [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00June 11th, 2012|News|


Read how we did last year . . .        Just click here -  An Review for web . .   Mhambo Mwinamila making a goat bell for our Fair Trade tools programme    

2016-11-30T09:55:05+00:00March 13th, 2012|News|

New TOOL collection point is now up and running

A new tools collection point in Carmarthen is up and running, and Colin Hill picked up some nice tools today. It's in the Healthy Planet bookstore, which is in the old Allied Carpet store in Pensarn, Carmarthen.  The store is currently open Monday to Saturday from 10am, closing times in the afternoon vary.  For up [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00November 14th, 2011|News|

Green Man Festival

We had a wonderful dry Green Man Festival   Our workshops were as popular as ever - blacksmithing hooks and pokers, and making hazel whistles.   Sold a few tools too . . .  

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00August 14th, 2011|News|

Garden Tools Delivered . . .

A large lorry blocked Standard Street this week while volunteers unloaded an enormous pile of tools collected in the recent "Tools Amnesty", run by the the Garden Centre Group with garden centres in South Wales. . Many thanks to Julie Sheldon who organised this. .

2016-11-30T09:55:16+00:00May 7th, 2011|News|

Fair Trade Tools attract Jane Davidson to TFSR stall

Jane Davidson,  Welsh Assembly Minister for the Environment, was impressed with the Fair Trade tools on our stall at the Brecon Beacons Green Fair. . . . . . She was one of many who bought a goat bell made from recycled steel by Milundumo Group, rural blacksmiths from Shinyanga Region.  They plan to buy [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00November 1st, 2010|News|

Dr William Shija – a new Patron for TFSR Cymru

We are so pleased to announce that Dr William Shija has just agreed to become the first patron of TFSR Cymru. Dr Shija is the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and is based in London.  His post has just been extended for another five years. He comes from Sengerema, a small [...]

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00October 29th, 2010|News|

NEW Tools arrived from Tanzania

We have new Fair Trade Tools - adzes and spar hooks - just arrived from Anthony Safari Blacksmiths Group in Geita, Tanzania Available with or without a leather blade cover. Visit our workshop or buy online

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00October 7th, 2010|News|

We have been at . . .

Recently we have been at The Big Apple - Much Marcle, Abergavenny World Trade Fair,  Brecon Beacons Green Fair,     Green Man Festival, Sennybridge Show, Abergavenny Food Festival, and the Big Skill, Penpont.

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00October 1st, 2010|News|


  Green Man Festival - Crickhowell Thursday 19th August - Sunday 22nd August. Some rain some shine . . . We sold our lovingly refurbished tools, and our new Fair Trade Tools from Tanzania. Our Tanzanian-style forge and simple forging workshops were popular as ever.  We made green wood stools too.

2016-11-30T09:55:17+00:00August 22nd, 2010|News|