Beginner Bladesmithing: Forging your First Knife

June 2 - June 4, 2023

Beginner Bladesmithing: Forging your First Knife


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $515
Material Fee: $85

This class will focus on the basics of bladesmithing. It will cover running a coal forge, basic forging techniques, safe grinding practices, heat treating, and sharpening. The class will move quickly and will be mainly technique driven, however participants can expect to walk away with a small blade of their own. No experience is needed for this class and it is designed for first timers, however any previous blacksmithing or metal work experience will speed the process along.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Sean Fitzsimmons

Sean Fitzsimmons is a blacksmith/bladesmith from New Jersey. He got his start right here at Peters Valley taking classes about 10 years ago, and worked as the Blacksmith Studio Assistant for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. His craft practice is based in functional blades for daily carry and home use, drawing inspiration from historic works and fantasy forms.

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