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Knife making and bladesmithing courses and workshops abound in the UK. Learn the art of forging metal blades to make your own bushcraft, kitchen or chef's knife. Learn how to temper, heat treat and sharpen the knives with experienced knife-makers and blacksmiths.

Next course on 23rd October 2017
On this course you can spend the day learning to forge a traditional blacksmith bushcraft knife. It will involve basic blacksmith techniques for one part of the knife and silversmithing techniques for the other. You will learn how to temper, heat treat and sharpen using files. You can learn how to put a twist in the knife. If you want to make a sheath for it - this will cost an extra £100 and will...
The one day knife making course is designed for beginners that have no or little experience in metalwork or blacksmithing. The course starts with a quick safety talk and a cup of coffee. Once we are all settled in the first task is to make a fire poker which will give everyone some hammering skills and a feel of how the material will react once its heated. The knife we make is a Viking one...
Next course on 31st January 2018
The first day and a half is spent forgewelding. 1095 and 15N20 steel is used. You will draw out the steel, twisting and jellyrolling to create a desired pattern. The next day and a half you will either make a knife or an axe. No prior bookings will be taken without a deposit of £150 which is non-refundable in the case of cancellation.
Next course on 21st October 2017
Items you will make over the two days - eg, a bearded axe, a full handle, and a tomahawk. You will learn to make using a traditional blacksmith's forge for the tomahawk and bearded axe. You will learn to forge weld the tomahawk and bearded axe. The smithing process is quite fine and not as heavy handed as regular blacksmithing. It is more akin to jewellery making techniques. Max 2 people Courses are run on...
Next course on 20th October 2017
This course is taught online as well as on a one to one basis at my workshop - if you have the tools or I can advise you on where to purchase the necessary tools. Tools provided at my workshop. Sessions can be booked in 4 and 8 hour blocks but can then be broken down into bite sized two hour sessions. This helps with dealing with specific issues, time to practice and a revisit...
This is a specialist 3 day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a kitchen knife. We will forge a 7 – 8 inch kitchen knife. No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through: · Using a coke forge and gas forge · Forging the blade to shape · Thermocycling (reducing grain growth, which is an undesirable effect of over heating steel) · Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive...
Next course on 20th October 2017
Learn to forge a bushcraft knife / knife making / Blade smithing Spend the day at my forge learning to forge a 1055 steel bushcraft knife by hand and then put an antler handle on the tang which makes it a hidden tang. You will need steel toe cap boots or strong leather boots. No places will be booked without payment being made on the day of booking.
In this knife making course you will make a rustic style knife over four hours out of 1055 carbon steel. I will take you through the forging process step by step (you will be doing all of the hammer work so have your weetabix). You will learn how the heat treatment is done, from the normalisation to tempering and how to sharpen your blade on the belt grinder This is a 1 on 1 course...
Next course on 29th May 2018
Spend 4 days learning to make the tools of a blacksmith/bladesmith - hammer, tongs, drifts, cutting chisels, fullers. These are examples of some of the tools you can make. This course can also be made into single courses of one day to make a single item at a cost of £280 per day. No places will be booked without a deposit of £150 being made on the day of booking.
This course can be a stand alone course or can be booked alongside the introduction to blacksmithing. You will learn the basics of blacksmithing and hand forge work and create you very own knife! Forges are hot and can be noisy; Eye & ear protection will be provided and please wear solid boots and clothes suitable for working in (made of natural fibres). Open to all those 16+, interested in traditional and modern crafts, please...