In-person course
in Wroughton, Swindon

Bladesmithing weekend Wiltshire



COVID UPDATE- 24th Feb, 2021 Further to Government announcements on 22nd February we are pleased to confirm we will be re-opening Vlakvark Forge for 1 Day, Weekend and Axe Making Experiences from Saturday, 17th April. We are limiting the number of attendees to 6 for the time being as this allows for good social distancing within the forge. We will have doors and windows open as required for good ventilation so perhaps wear a few layers when you come if the weather doesn’t look so good. Under the tutelage of Graham, David & Decklan Clarke you will learn to make a fully useable carbon steel knife. During your first day you will: * Shape your knife using a gas forge, hammer, anvil. * Normalise your blade in the gas forge * Grind your blade to it's near finished shape * Heat-treat your blade (without the fiery theatricals as seen on television) * Finish grind and sharpen your blade. On your second day you will:- *Attach handles to your knife from a selection of available wood such as Oak, Mahogany etc or upgrade to Kirinite for just £10 extra (Payable on the day) *Cut, sew and stain a leather sheath Graham is a qualified Metallurgist and has many years experience both as a knife maker and a commercial heat treater. The course is open to all over 14. Children between the ages of 14 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

What's included in the price?

All materials and safety equipment will be supplied. Please wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. No shorts or open shoes. Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day If you have any special dietary requirements you may wish to bring your own lunch and refreshments for the day.


2 days (9:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.



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Vlakvark Forge, Unit 21 Lower Basset Down Workshops, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9QP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
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