Learning and teaching are two of my passions. I have been a student of the forged blade for over 15 years now. It has been a true privilege to learn from some of the best master blade smiths in the world. Many of my years in Nicaragua were spent teaching blacksmithing and bladesmithing because I feel it is my duty to carry on the craft and pass it on to others who are willing to learn. I want to continue to offer this experience and these skills to others. For this reason I am starting to give blacksmithing and bladesmithing classes in my shop here in Trussville, Alabama.
Intro to Bladesmithing:
I will be offering a 2-day course in Bladesmithing, where students will be forging their very own hunting knife. Students will learn to forge, heat-treat and finish a quality blade that will last a lifetime. Along the way they will learn the ins and outs of coal and propane forges, proper hammer technique, blade geometry, blade finishing, metallurgy, style variation in knives, handle construction and final sharpening. Students will have access to a well equipped shop and a teacher who loves to create and instruct. All anyone will have to bring with them is a desire to learn.
Advanced Bladesmithing-The Bowie knife Class:
This year I am offering an advanced bladesmithing course. This course will build upon what students learned in the Intro to bladesmithing course and the end product will be the American Legend, Bowie styled knife of hidden tang construction. Students will forge their own blades and do their own heat treating just like in the Intro class. But in the advanced class students will learn to forge a hidden tang, fit a guard and create a hidden tang styled handle. If you’ve taken the Intro class and you feel up to a new challenge, then you’ll definitely love this class.
Spring 2022 Intro to Bladesmithing Schedule:
Feb 19 & 20, 2022 (Sat. & Sun.) Intro to Bladesmithing -$500
April 23 & 24, 2022 (Sat. & Sun) Intro to Bladesmithing -$500
Spring 2022 Advanced Bladesmithing Bowie Class:
March 26 & 27, 2022 (Sat. & Sun) Advanced Bladesmithing (Bowie Class- Prerequisite of the Intro to Bladesmithing class) - $700
I will be taking up to six students for the Intro classes and four students for the Bowie class. To enroll, click below on the “buy now” button to send in a $150 deposit to secure your spot in the class. Deposits are only refundable up to 2 weeks before the class date. Balance of class fee is due on or before the first day of class via PayPal or cash. I will be in touch via email about your enrollment and with more class details.
Feb 19 & 20, 2022 Intro to Bladesmithing Class ($500) ***Sold Out***
April 23 & 24, 2022 Intro to Bladesmithing Class ($500) ***Sold Out***
March 26 &27, 2022 Advanced Bladesmithing Bowie Class ($700)