Introduction to Bladesmithing

July 22 - July 26, 2022

Introduction to Bladesmithing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $120

Participants will design and forge a small scale utility knife, focusing on learning and practicing the forging of basic blades. While you can expect to leave with a forged and heat treated carbon steel blade, the main goal of this workshop is to learn basic blade forging techniques. If time permits we will work on completing forged blades.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced 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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Andrew Meers

Andrew Meers is a bladesmith and metalsmith Andrew received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA and his MFA from Southern Illinois Carbondale. Andrew earned his Mastersmith rating from the American Bladesmithing Society, and is a recipient of the B.R Hughes award. Andrew has been an instructor at Penland, New England School of Metalwork, and Touchstone Center for Crafts, and is a former artist in residence at The National Ornamental Metals Museum, and a former Artist in Residence at Penland School of Craft. Andrew has been an instructor at Penland School of Craft, Peters Valley, New England School of Metalwork, and Touchstone Center for Crafts.

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