If you are interested in taking class, please read through this entire section.
My current class format is customized on an individual basis, with one on one instruction.
Please contact me via our contact form if you are interested in blacksmithing or blade smithing instruction.
Cost for instruction is $50 per hour. (Beginner classes, for example, generally run 3 hours.) Depending on the class, materials and all tools are provided and included in the price.
I currently provide instruction in the following general categories:
Basic Bladesmithing - $350
Class runs 6-8 hours. Forge a basic hunting style knife, finish it out with a fully functional handle.
Beginning Blacksmithing - $150
Class runs three hours. Forge several simple projects, gaining a practical understanding and skills in basic blacksmithing technique.
We can easily tailor a class specifically for your current skill level and what you want to learn.
While we don't have a specific age requirement, our general recommendation is that class participants be at least 10 years of age. Minors (under age 18) are welcome to attend classes accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years or older.
While precaution is taken for safety, blacksmithing and blade smithing are inherenely dangerous activities.
Each participant must sign a waiver prior to taking the class, and parents / guardians must sign for minors.
What Should You Bring?
Blacksmithing is hot, dirty work. Small flakes of iron oxide called scale, fall from on the surface of the steel when heated to forging temperatures. Pieces of hot scale often fly off the steel as you are forging. This is one example of why you need to be prepared with the following clothing and personal protective equipment. These are required if you want to forge:
Additional equipment for Knife Making Classes:
While not required to attend a class, please consider the following for your personal comfort and additional safety measure: