Class Descriptions

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Blacksmithing for Bladesmiths:  (1 Day Class)

This class is recommended as a precursor to the Basic Bladesmithing class, but is not required.

 

  • Shop Safety

  • General Smithing Tool intro and common hazards

  • Over-view of Propane and Coal forge concepts and use

  • Skills Covered:

    • Hammer techniques

    • Tapering

    • Rounding square stock

    • Squaring round stock

    • Punching holes

    • Peening

    • Quench

    • Flash Temper

    • Forging Bevels

 

  • Students will complete 1 of each the following Projects encompassing skills (above):

    • 1 Hook- Round scroll or Fish tail scroll

    • 1 Tool- Chisel, Punch, or Scribe

    • 1 Letter Opener

Instructor:   Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:           $165.00

Basic Bladesmithing: (1 Day Class)

At the completion of this class, students will leave with a forged and rough ground Full Tang knife, ready for Heat Treatment.  Students will Forge, Normalize, Anneal, and Rough Grind a Full Tang Knife

Instruction will cover: 

  • Types of Steel

  • Parts of a Knife

  • Steps in the Knife Making Process:

    • Point, Taper, Pinch, Bevels, Tang

    • Rough Grinding- Profile, Ricasso, Blade, & Tang

    • 1st Stage Heat Treating:

      • Normalize

      • Anneal

Instructor:   Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:           $165.00

Intro to Bladesmithing: (1 Day Class)

 

Students will Forge, Normalize, Anneal, and Rough Grind a Hidden Tang Knife

Instruction will cover: 

  • Types of Steel

  • Parts of a Knife

  • Steps in the Knife Making Process:

    • Point, Taper, Pinch, Bevels, Tang

    • Rough Grinding- Profile, Ricasso, Blade, & Tang

    • 1st Stage Heat Treating:

      • Normalize

      • Anneal

Instructor:   Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:           $165.00

 

Heat Treating & Finish Grinding: (1 Day Class)

PreRequisite:  Basic Bladesmithing, Intro to Bladesmithing, or similar Experience

In this class, students will Normalize, Harden (Quench), and Finish Grind a Full or Hidden Tang Knife.

Students will bring their own forged and rough ground knife completed in the Basic or Intro classes, or may purchase one to use from our web store when registering or on the morning of the class.

Instruction will cover:

  • Normalizing

  • Annealing

  • Hardening (quenching)

  • Tempering

  • Finish Grinding

Instructor:       Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:               $165.00

Prerequisites:   Basic Bladesmithing, Intro to Bladesmithing, or Demonstrated similar experience

Handles and Guards: ( 1 Day Class)

PreRequisite:  Basic/Intro to Bladesmithing, Heat Treating/Grinding, or similar Experience.

 

This class will utilize the blades from the Basic or Intro classes, which students will bring to class, or they may purchase one to use from our web store when registering or on the morning of the class.  

Instruction will cover:

  • Types/Styles of Guards and Bolsters

  • Handle Design- Form follows function

  • Materials used

  • Process of Fitting the Guard to the Blade

  • Fastening Methods and Techniques

Instructor:       Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:               $ 165.00

Prerequisites:   Basic Bladesmithing, Intro to Bladesmithing, or Demonstrated similar experience 

Sheath Making: (1 Day Class)

Students will create a sheath for their own fixed blade knife.

Instruction will cover:

  • All about Leather

  • Leather working tools

  • Sheath styles and designs

  • Knife retention

  • Pattern Making

  • Basic Tooling

  • Stitching

  • Staining & Finishing

Instructor:       Ed Clarke, J.S.

Cost:               $165.00

The classes below are not yet available.  Please let us know if you are interested in them.

Forge Welding for Knife Makers: (A Basic Forge Welding 2 Day Class)

 

Students will learn the concepts of Forge Welding and create their own simple damascus billet.

 

 

Advanced Damascus: (2 Day Class- must have completed Basic Class)

 

Students will delve deeper into Pattern Welding, learning about creating different patterns and ending with the creation of their own complex damascus patterned billet.

 

 

Intermediate Blacksmithing: (2 Day Class)

 

Students receive instruction on the forging of general blacksmithing tools, such as 2 types of Pokers & a Water scoop tool.

 

 

Blademithing Tongs Class: (1 Day Class)

 

Students receive instruction on the forging of blacksmith tongs. Focus will be on Tongs used in Bladesmithing.

 

 

Bladesmithing for Youths: (2 Day Class)

 

Students will create a Full Tang, cord wrap handle Knife

Notice:   

Based on our current class offerings, Completion of the classes need to complete a knife will cost a student approximately $495, which includes all materials, fuel, equipment, grinding belts, steel, and Instruction over a period of 3 full days.  Actual completion of a knife is based on individual ability.

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