Weekend - May 21-23, 2021
Basic Knife Making
Create a knife from a piece of steel! Learn basic techniques used in
bladesmithing including forging from stock, grinding, heat treating and
finishing. Begin with a piece of steel; end with a functional knife with a
handle and sheath.
Beginner; Materials fee, payable to instructor, $20 for wood and leather
Weekend - May 28-30, 2021
Insects and Arachnids
Create your very own forged and fabricated steel bugs. Learn layout, pattern work and design with multiple examples available for examination. Cover beginning forging, welding and fabrication techniques while working on individual projects.
Beginner-Advanced; Materials fee, payable to instructor and dependent upon use, $2-$20 for rivets and flex shaft abrasives
Weeklong - June 6-11, 2021
Forged Sculpture: Material, Process and Form
Think creatively while designing and executing a small, finished sculpture. Explore
forging solid bar stock, sheet steel and copper. Cover basic fabrication and fastening
parts using rivets as well as finishing processes.
Beginning open to all levels. Some experience is advised but not necessary.
Weeklong - June 13-18, 2021
Power Hammer Primer
Take full advantage of the power hammer's versatility and brute force! Learn to forge safely and efficiently using the power hammer while creating a set of tools and learning to use them. Gain useful tips, tools and sample projects while gaining skill.
Intermediate; Materials fee, payable to instructor, $20 for tool steel
Weeklong - June 20-25, 2021 - Beginner Week
The Fighting Knife
Forge, grind and finish your very own fighting knife! Discuss blade balance and handle ergonomics. Learn how a fighting knife differs from other blades and what makes them so special.
Beginner - Intermediate
Weeklong - July 18-23, 2021
Basic Forged Chef Knife
Gain an introduction to the forged blade. Forge, harden and handle a chef's knife of your own design. Cover every aspect of beginner knife making from steel selection to sharpening.
Beginner; Materials fee, payable to instructor, $20 for exotic wood and frame material
Weeklong - July 25-30, 2021
Building a 10th Century Viking-Style Padlock
Explore several styles of 10th Century Viking padlocks and build at least one style. Discuss how these locks were originally made, the materials used to make them, and some of the reasons they were made in that manner.
Intermediate (requires the ability to maintain a forge fire); Materials fee, payable to instructor, $15 for material to forge each lock
Weekend - August 6-8, 2021
Learn to forge a variety of steel utensils from a single piece of material. Cover isolating mass, spreading material, drawing out and hot cutting to create spoons, spatulas and more. Explore various decorative techniques and designs to create your own unique, functional hand-forged utensils.