Forging the Falchion Sword

July 9 - July 13, 2021

Forging the Falchion Sword


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $120

Forge your own Falchion – the archetypal European single edged sword! It is a sword of a long and varied history with many versions, types and styles from the most basic to the most ornate. This class will explore the falchion, straight or curved, and its basic design and forging, grinding and hilting. Expect to learn about hot forging, filing, polishing and fitting of the blade and hilt parts, heat treating at little cost, single and multiple fuller grinding techniques, ornamentation, and many other swordsmithing tips and tricks.

Level: Intermediate
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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Sam Salvati

Sam Salvati is a professional blacksmith and instructor.  For him, shaping steel is both therapeutic and inspiring and feeds his passion for blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Sam is engaged by almost all aspects of steel working, from welding and machining to heavy industrial forging to fine artistic forging, but bladesmithing holds a special place for him. He has always been fascinated by swords of knights and samurai, and the traditional utility blades of all different cultures. Through researching bladesmithing Sam came upon blacksmithing and found a double passion that now he is lucky enough to do professionally. He lives in Maryland with his beautiful and incredible wife Kristal and their amazing daughter Leona.