Welcome to Tharwa Valley Forge
Tharwa Valley Forge runs courses every weekend and most days of the week. We provide everyone from novices to experts with the opportunity to experience traditional crafts and to learn new skills.
Bladesmith Karim Haddad established Tharwa Valley Forge in 2003. Karim trained in the early 1990's under Australia's first Master Bladesmith, Thomas Gerner, and has gone on to use his experience as a professional educator to share his knifemaking expertise with many others. Since establishing Tharwa Valley Forge, Karim and his staff have shared the skills necessary to create high quality knives and tools with hundreds of students.
Grinding a forged blade

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Featured Courses

Sat 21-04-2018 8:00 am -4:00 pm

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor provides an awe-inspiring experience in autumn. Sun light suffuses the golden leaves of the riverside poplar trees, evoking visions of pillars of fire. The visual contrast of seasonal change elicits a unique frisson from visitors to Tharwa at this time of year.

Experience and respond to this landscape under the aegis of three renowned local artists. Explore the heritage listed Cuppacumbalong gardens, De Salis cemetery and the Murrumbidgee River Corridor then use foraged materials to create ephemeral outdoor sculptural installations and a permanent small-scale installation.

Sun 22-04-2018 8:00 am -5:30 pm

Introduction to making knives by stock removal. This one day workshop will help you get started into knifemaking. Knife design, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale making and sharpening are all covered.

We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own knives with minimal equipment, as you make your own knife today.

Sat 28-04-2018 8:00 am - Sun 29-04-2018 5:00 pm

Carbon Fibre Straight Razor

Make the last razor you will ever use - a razor that if properly cared for will be handed down across generations.

There's a reason people still go to the barber for a Straight Razor shave. Disposable razors are convenient, but the results can't compare to a Straight Razor.

Also known as a "Cut Throat", a Straight Razor will virtually melt the hair off your face. Despite its keen edge, a Straight Razor is just as safe as a disposable razor when used with correct technique.

Mon 30-04-2018 6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Saya sheathesThis course will show you how to make Japanese Saya sheathes. The Saya is a wooden sheath that is custom-fitted to your knife and provides excellent protection during transport and storage. Bring two of your favorite kitchen knives and walk away with two custom-fitted Saya sheaths and the knowledge of how to make more at home.

Course dates don't suit? Is the course you want booked out? Get a group of friends together and book a course when it suits you. Not only can do any of the courses we offer, you can customise them to learn things that you don't see on our website. Custom courses usually cost the same as our scheduled courses and can be run with as little as two participants. Dates fill fast, so it's better to talk to us now rather than miss out.
As one of the largest production knife makers in Australia, we've worked with a huge range of clients and made a diverse range of wonderful cutlery. Oyster shuckers, machetes, steak knives, combat knives, cleavers, cheese knives, carving swords for roast meat, champagne openers, kitchen knives... you get the idea. We provide our clients with the expertise to develop and manufacture a product that meets both their requirements and their budget.
One of the many cool things about running a Forge is the diverse range of interesting people we meet on our courses. At least a quarter of our bookings are made using Gift Certificates bought as birthday presents, anniversary gifts, rewards for employees, or as memorable surprises. We've seen some really cool and unique ways people have used our Gift Certificates. Check out some of our stories, or get your own Gift Certificate.
Our award winning bladesmiths are some of the best in Australia and hand-forge knives and cutlery every day of the work week, all year round. Some of their creations are available from our online shop with new releases every Friday at 11AM Canberra time. These pieces deliver the highest level of performance and will literally last a lifetime. If you're in Canberra, you are most welcome to drop by and make your purchase in person.

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