Introduction to Forged Blades

October 2 - October 3, 2021

Introduction to Forged Blades

$450.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $335
Material Fee: $85
Registration Fee: $30

Learn the basics of forging, grinding, heat treating, and sharpening a small utility knife. The instructor will discuss fit and finish, overall knife design, how to sharpen and care for knives, and how to begin making knives on your own. You should expect to forge several blades over the weekend, and get at least one to the point of a usable knife.

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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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Mace Vitale

Mace Vitale is a Journeyman smith in the American Bladesmith Society and a full-time knife maker since 2002. He has been running the Blacksmith program at the Guilford Art Center in CT for the last several years teaching both adults and teens the way of the hammer and anvil