After the success of the two day bladesmithing workshops we also offer, we've decided to add some three day sessions as well! We will be offering three day workshops on the following topics:
Pattern welded knife making sessions where you will make two billets of pattern welded steel and weld them together before forging out your knife, heat treating it, putting a handle on it and a final edge. You can choose from bushcraft knife, bowie knife, chef knife or seax, and as each billet of pattern weld comes out differently, each knife will be a completely unique, one of a kind piece.
Acid etched knife and sheath making session - again, you can choose from bowie, bushcraft, chef or seax, and you will get to make a sheath to go with it. Acid etching can be used to make a beautiful pattern or design on the blade itself, and is also part of this session.
Workshops require a £150 deposit to secure the date you would like to book, with the remainder due either just before the workshop or at the workshop itself. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting grubby in, and ideally steel toe cap boots or comfortable shoes as you will be standing up for quite a bit. Sessions in the winter, autumn and spring may be a little chilly so you might want to bring a warm sweater or coat as well.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
All workshops include lunch, tea and coffee, and generally there will be home made cake as well. We can provide suggestions on local B&Bs if needed. We have room for two people per workshop.
You will ideally go home with a completed knife in the case of the pattern welded knife session, and a complete knife and sheath in the case of the acid etched knife session.
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3 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)
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I enrolled on this course pre Covid lockdown and was really looking forward to it. Finally managed to get on it and it was worth the wait.
First day was a lot of hammering and forging to get the billet together. I managed to get two folds done the first day and left exhausted. Day 2 was getting the next fold and drawing it to length. Close of the day and we had a knife shaped piece of metal. Also started the first grind.
Day 3, finish the first grind, then the massively stressful heat treat. Matt took it very carefully, and my heart was in my mouth when plunging it into the oil. All done, it just became more grinding and finishing. Handle attach, blade etched and what a beautiful knife.
Many thanks to Redwolf and Eldrum. Great lunches, great knife, and met two genuinely nice people.