Forge a Fork & Knife Carving Set Adorned with Silver Inlaid Handles with Matthew Parkinson June 22-26, 2020


$825 tuition + $50 materials

Key Points:
*Basic hammer control and forging techniques
*Design and construction methods of knivemaking
*Grinding and polishing techniques for steel
*Basic heat treating and metallurgy of steel
*The science and geometry of knives
*Hand sharpening techniques
*Wire inlay techniques

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The carving knife is a tool that reminds most people of family dinners and of the generations sitting down to break bread. These iconic knives help to create meals for family and loved ones. Well-made carving sets can last lifetimes and this class will give students the opportunity to create one of their very own. In this weeklong class students will make their own carving set including a knife from high carbon steel with a hidden tang wooden handle and a matching fork. Once the basic forms are done students will explore the traditional technique of wire inlay, to add interest, personality and to give your work that “one-of-a-kind” flair. All aspects of bladesmithing will be covered, from forging the blade the fork to shape, filing and grinding to refine the shape, then heat treating, followed by final grinding and polishing. Students will make and fit a wooden handle that has special inlay work. Lastly, students will learn the art of sharpening – with special attention given to the design and geometry of this kind of knife. This class is intended as an introductory class, but some forging experience will be helpful.