I offer several different private lessons. These lessons focus on the proper and safe use of many shop tools, and cover everything from basic metalworking to more advanced forging technique. I do not claim to be a master, but I do have a great deal of tips and tricks to share, and a well stocked workshop for you to take advantage of.
Intro to Basic metalwork - $200
This lesson will explore the workshop teaching shop safety and the use of tools for those who haven't worked in a shop, or with metal specifically. This class will teach the use of a wide variety of metalworking tools, Files, Hacksaw, Belt Grinder, Angle Grinder, Drill Press, Hammer, Tongs, Forge and Anvil. It covers skills such as layout, drilling and tapping, riveting, light forging, and finishing. There is a powerful emphasis on safety in the shop environment, and the proper and smart use of tools and materials. The student will leave with a fully finished key rack for hanging car and house keys.
Intro to Blacksmithing - $250
This lesson begins the students journey into the world of moving steel with heat and pressure. A student will learn to light a forge, use hammers, tongs, and forging terminology. The student would use skills such as tapering, punching, and planishing to forge some useful things like a bottle opener, leaves, and bbq tools. Emphasis on planning your forging, proper hammer and heat control, using the different heats you have when forging, and SAFETY.
Forge a Blacksmith's Knife - $350
In this one day lesson the student will learn to forge, grind, and heat treat a simple blacksmith's knife. For this lesson, the student is expected to have some metalworking experience, such as our "Intro to Basic Metalwork" lesson. In this lesson, the student will expand on the previous lesson and learn heat control on oddly shaped objects, how important the order of operations is in forging, and the nuances of thermal cycling and heat treating. The knife will be forged and normalized in the morning, annealed at lunch, ground and heat treated in the afternoon, and sharpened as the final step. The student will leave with a fully finished and functional knife!
This class teaches the student to make a knife using basic tools only, and can be easily re-created in your home shop!
Forge a Hunting Knife - $750
This lesson expands on the Blacksmith's Knife curriculum. The student will learn to forge a full tang hunting knife with a 4" blade and a pinned micarta handle. Emphasis on forging the knife close to shape, keeping things clean and straight through the forging, and forging to a design. This class will expand into the realm of woodworking, covering how to design, plan, and create a comfortable and functional handle for a hard use knife.
Due to the construction methods, and more advanced heat treating techniques, this class is taught over three days,
Forge a Chef Knife - $1250
In this lesson, the student will learn to forge one of the most difficult styles of knife. Forging a chef knife has a great deal of nuance, and many tips and tricks that will aid in success. This lesson is for those who have experience forging knives, and want to add a new skill to their arsenal. The knife will be forged and normalized on the first day, heat treated on the second, ground on the third, and finished on the fourth or fifth if needed. Everyone works at a different pace, and a chef knife is a large undertaking. The student will leave with a fully finished, functional chef knife with a pinned micarta or wood handle.
Due to the construction methods use, and the difficulty of forging and grinding chef knives, this class is taught over 4-5 days.