Always wanted to make a knife but didn't know where to begin? This extensive weekend workshop will give you the opportunity not only to learn these skills, but to put them into practice making two hand forged knives of your own. We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own knives.
The course goes from Friday night 7pm until 9:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am until 5:30pm, a very packed weekend.
Friday night focus on getting an overview of the process of making a knife, looking at design and material selection and a shop tour.
Saturday starts early in the forge with a demonstration on how to forge a blade. Then it's your turn to hammer out two blades. The blades are normalised (de-stressed) before being annealed (softened). Next the firescale is removed and the blade starts to take shape. After various grits on the linisher, the blades are ready for hand sanding to get all the scratches out. By the end of the day, both blades are edge hardened and put in the oven overnight to temper.
Sunday begins with the cleaning of the blades, before a final polish. Guards are made handles prepared then glued before lunch. After lunch the handles are shaped to comfortably fit your hand then finally sharpened. Sounds easy huh!
You make two blades so you reinforce the lessons as we go. Or have an insurance policy if it all goes very wrong. Our job is to guide, instruct and help you recover from any mistakes.
You will enjoy it and have two amazing knives to show off.
Cost - $850 (incl GST)
Cost includes: Tuition, insurance, materials, use of tools, workshop consumables, safety gear, morning and afternoon tea, photo disk.
Need to bring: Lunch, appropriate clothing and covered footwear
Booking in advance is essential
For starting dates see the upcoming courses list on the side panel.
Here is some photos from the courses to give you an idea of what happens.