The Joy of Bladesmithing with Matthew Parkinson October 10 - 14, 2022

about this workshop

This course is for anyone who wants to make their own knife; the objective is for the student to learn the basics of design forging, grinding and heat treatment of knives. The class project of a hidden tang knife is designed to give the students the tools to create a wide variety of knives. Students will learn basic forging practices and hammer control in forging their own knife blades from high carbon steel. Matthew always pays special attention to the “why” as well as the “how” of each step in the process of knife making. Students will learn the importance of how steel goes from forged shapes, to ground blades, heat treating and the correct properties of the steel to the construction of handles and on to the final assembly and sharpening. Matthew will at every step of the process share the many tips and tricks he has learned in his 25-year career of making knives. Each day Matthew will discuss process, material selection, and alternatives (lots of them) for choosing the right technique and tool for each step, followed by plenty of hands-on practice. Students will come away with a better understanding of how knives work. Matthew is an enthusiastic craftsman and a great teacher–be prepared to push your limits.

Unique Instructor Matthew Parkinson

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$75 material fee payable to Matthew

Key Points:
*Basic forging of high carbon steel including heat control
*Hammer technique
*Best practices for the design and construction of knives
*Basic metallurgy for steel
*Heat treatment of carbon steel
*Design and construction methods

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



The Joy of Bladesmithing with Matthew Parkinson October 10 - 14, 2022


Availability: Open

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