Knife-Making Fundamentals: The Hunting Knife

August 11 - August 15, 2023

Knife-Making Fundamentals: The Hunting Knife


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $120

For many custom knife makers, the hunting knife is the bread and butter: the go-to knife that they come back to time and again. Not only is it a supremely useful tool for field dressing, camping, and farm chores, the hunting knife is also an excellent project to learn and practice the fundamentals of bladesmithing. Throughout the five days of this workshop, participants will forge, heat treat, grind, and finish their own blades, and furnish those blades with metal guards and hardwood handles. You will gain a solid understanding of hidden-tang knife design and construction and begin to develop a critical eye for what makes a good knife.

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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Jordan LaMothe

Jordan LaMothe began pursuing his interest in blacksmithing at age 14: taking a class, reading books, and setting up his own forge in his parents’ barn. His interest in making hand tools led him to make his first knife two years later, and knives quickly became his primary focus. After receiving his B.A. in music from Williams College, Jordan began bladesmithing full-time. He makes a wide variety of knives and swords, from “user” knives for the kitchen and field to presentation blades, and teaches regularly at several craft schools. Jordan earned the Master Smith ranking in the American Bladesmith Society in 2021, and was a champion on History Channel’s bladesmithing competition Forged in Fire, season 4, episode 7. Most recently, he has returned from a 9-month Fulbright grant, studying traditional weapon-making techniques in Rajasthan, India.

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