Classes take place at my forge, located in SHELTON, WA roughly 1/2 an hour northwest of Olympia, WA.
Bladesmithing classes cover these topics and more: Forge safety, tool terminology and use, how to swing a hammer and use tongs without injuring yourself, or others, basic forging techniques, basic grinding techniques. Heat treating, metallurgy, tempering, knife grinding, blade geometry, sharpening, handle construction, guards, and information on sheath construction.
Bring a friend or loved one to forge memories that will last a lifetime!
Most completed blade projects take one student one full day (8 hours) to complete. Two students should expect two full days.
Classes are by arrangement only, I will be doing 1 or more weekends per month depending on how many students I have. I can also schedule for weekdays and prefer this if possible. I am willing to be somewhat flexible with scheduling, but due to interest it is difficult to do completely one on one classes by arrangement very often anymore.
I make exceptions for students who are coming/flying in from out of state/across the country.
Pricing: $60 per hour for intensive tutoring, $80 per hour for two people, or $100 per hour for three people who come together. I will teach you to forge and build whatever you want, let your imagination run wild! We can go as long as necessary. Pricing covers my expertise and time, equipment use, and consumables. If you want to be an expert, the best way is to learn from one!
Payment for a class is due afterwards. I prefer cash, but can take credit/debit cards, checks and PayPal as well. Please contact me for scheduling a freeform class.
Gift Certificates: Instead of particular products, you get a block of my time and knowledge.I will help you create whatever you want! I'm willing to be somewhat flexible and understanding with time if it will get your project done, but If we exceed the allotted time too much, I require compensation for the additional work.
I'm very willing to facilitate student designs in ways that fit their available timeline, as I strongly prefer folx to leave with a finished piece, when possible. No matter how much time you spend in my forge, you will walk away with more skills, and something awesome in your hand!
*Gift certificates are valid for one year after purchase*
Basic forging (4 hour class): Learn to forge! Tapering, rounding, points, upsetting steel, hooks, loops, triangles, brackets, wands, punching and drifting holes, spatulas and BBQ forks, etc. This is a solid foundation, and could include an all steel blacksmith's knife, or any number of wonderful steel implements!
This is a great option for those more limited on time but who still want to feel the flames and gain some knowledge!
Blades: (8 hour class): This can be whatever you want! Every day carry knife, hunting knife, chef's knife of any variety, axes, a large bush or battle knife, etc. Most of the time it is feasible to get projects done in one day.