Forge weld your own strap axe or tomahawk with high carbon steel bit inserted. Time permitting we will go into polled axe construction.
Tool making extravaganza. We go over hardening and tempering tool steels, case hardening and super quenching mild steel tools. We keep making tools till time runs out. Punches, drifts, chisels, tongs, texturing hammers, etc. You want small punches for leather work or for work on non ferrous metals we can help you make them.
We start out with tapering, hot cutting, practice some scrolls. We then get into crafting S hooks, J hooks (with punched hole). Then on into further items as far as we can take you in the time provided.
This is a spin off of the one day basics. We go further into depth. Practice hammer control and get into a little bit of tooling as we go to make our next projects. Round punch with bolster and or a center punch then shelf brackets with hand made rivets. Then on to punched and drifted bottle opener with leaf finial handle. We will take you as far as we can in the two days.
We will start with a practice piece, the infamous butter knife. We will then go into forging either a bush craft, hunting, carving, or paring knife (as scheduled). Differences will be explained. Day one will be aimed at getting previous students thru normalization cycles, ground hardened and into the heat treat oven. Day two will be re-grinding, putting a handle on it and sharpening. Time permitting we hope to go a little further.
This is a new one I've recently thought about. We will take one or two students and endeavor to help them skill build in the direction they want to go. This is for previous students who want to advance their skills but in a different direction or further then the other classes took them.
We will use the 25 ton press and make hammers or axes side by side. I will demonstrate a step, then you will replicate it. In the event of you finishing one we can make more, time permitting.
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This is what I suggest for beginners, who have no prior experience. Blacksmithng and bladesmithing can be physically intensive and for the first timer mentally overwhelming. Thus I recommend a 3 hour initial lesson to see where you want to go from there. Price is per day.
This is for people who know they are capable of a full days instruction, and desire to up the intensity. There will be a lunch as well as breaks in between 2, 3 hour segments. Price is per day.
This is for when you want to bring along a friend, relative, co-worker, whatever. Note the small increase in pricing vrs per individual lessons, to cover extra costs and hassle. Prices are per day.
Bring a second person and only pay a small additional fee.
For people who know they want to spend the day in the forge, while bringing along another.
Lessons can be tailored to the individual and where they desire to go in learning. Anything other then the basics should be discussed ahead of time to ensure stock on hand, etc. Additional days are available on request as scheduling permits.