About the Course
The weekend is taught by Arian Leljak, an experienced blacksmith and teacher. By the end of the weekend you will have completed a knife with wooden or antler handle and a leather sheath. The weekend starts 7-9 on the Friday then all day Saturday and Sunday. Each course will have four participants.
You will work to your chosen design to create a blade out of high-carbon steel. You will learn how to harden and temper the steel in order to achieve an excellent cutting edge. The handles will be made of variety of woods, to meet your aesthetic sense and to fit your hand. Finally we will make sheaths by moulding veg-tanned leather.
Age 16 and above. 16-18 with parental consent.
The course would make an excellent present.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The course price includes all materials and tuition and is held in a well equipped workshop in the centre of Nailsworth.
Teas and coffees are provided (as well as a selection of biscuits) but we ask that you provide your own lunch. Being in the centre of Nailsworth the workshop is surrounded by many cafes and shops where you can buy something
I had a voucher bought for last years birthday and after looking through all of the available knife making courses I settled on this one. I am really glad that I did.
The combination of brilliant facilities and the great teaching from Arian made the whole experience both really fun, but also a lot easier than I expected; even for a complete novice with most of the techniques used.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time making the knife and the finished knife far beats the expectations of what I thought I would be able to create, all thanks to Arians expert guidance. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to try their hand at knife making.
Laurence Vinnels - - #26343
My son and I have just finished this wonderful course. We were both complete novices to knife making and we started off with a certain degree of apprehension as to whether we would achieve anything vaguely resembling a knife! However this was soon put to rest by the very relaxed.and informal atmosphere in the workshop.
Arian is an excellent (and very patient) tutor with a wealth of knowledge and skill which he used to guide us through all the stages of producing our knives. Our confidence soon rose and we became completely immersed in the whole process and enjoyed the plentiful supply of tea and biscuits!
Special thanks to Arian for helping my son to incorporate a lambs horn from one of our own sheep into the handle of his knife- a real personal touch.
Would have no hesitation in completely recommending this course to anyone no matter what your ability level. You will not be disappointed!!!
Mark Sanders - - #25158
This course was bought for my 50th Birthday by my best mate. 5 of us took part in the weekend. I have to say it was one of the best things I have ever done. It was so well organised and the skills taught were presented in such a great way. We all walked away with a wonderful knife and some wonderful memories.
Highly recommend due to the quality of instruction and the format of the weekend.
Thank you so much for a weekend I will never forget
Jonathan Thomas - - #24621
I highly recommend the course. Arian is a very inspiring teacher. You gain experience working with metal, wood and leather. I got the bug and taken up knife making as a hobby as a result of the course.
Ben Horridge - - #24263
A very enjoyable course led by a friendly instructor who showed a real interest in the knives produced and had a genuine desire for everyone to make a good knife.
The level of instruction was tailored to each person on the course and never felt overbearing which allowed everyone to create their own designs and resulted in individual unique knives.
I came away from the course with a real sense of achievement which is repeated each time I look at the knife I made.
Stephen Trant - - #23616
Arian is a very likeable and good teacher; he communicated very well all aspects of the craft. It was a very enjoyable couple of days covering metalwork, woodwork and leather work as well as all other the aspects of creating and looking after the useful handmade personal tool of your own knife made by you from raw materials.
If you have any basic DIY skills you will enjoy and be able to fly through this coursevand end up with a beautiful knife.
Chris Overs - - #23528
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