Paring Knives for Kitchen or Camping

May 31 - June 2, 2024

Paring Knives for Kitchen or Camping


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $90

Most of us use a paring knife every day, but how many of those knives are dull, mass-produced, and plastic? In this workshop, you’ll use rugged and real materials to forge a paring knife that suits your personal style, whether that’s cooking in the kitchen or the woods. Everyone will finish at least one knife and along the way, you’ll learn the fundamentals of bladesmithing: how to forge, harden and temper carbon steel, grind and sharpen an edge, and shape a wooden handle. This workshop welcomes participants with no prior experience, as well as those who wish to refine their fundamentals.

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



Andrew J. Welton

After growing up in Pittsburgh steel country, Andrew Welton attended grad school where they spent a decade studying the archaeology of medieval spearheads. Dr. Welton has measured and photographed hundreds of medieval blades in European museums, and uses this knowledge to create historical reproductions as well as historically inspired kitchen knives and original art. Andrew works primarily with wrought iron and iron they smelt themself from charcoal and ore. They love how these traditional materials’ organic, watery textures evoke the pools and forests whence medieval bog iron was harvested.

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