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Crafting the Throwing Axe

Course Overview

Popularized today by many historical reenactors of the fur trade era, the throwing axe is a weapon that is deeply embedded in North American history. Akin to the hatchet, it offers the ability to split and chop wood but is also designed to be used as a hand-to-hand or throwing weapon. The construction method for this axe will be a two-piece wrap weld via the process of forge welding, with a mild steel outer layer for durability and a high carbon 1095 center bit for edge retention. In this class students will learn the whole process of making a steel-headed throwing axe. Starting with an understanding of the forges and tools, students will move on to learn forge-welding and forging techniques, manipulating and moving the steel to profile, forming an eye for the handle, and heat-treating the steel for field use. Also covered in this course will be basic techniques and examples for proper use of the throwing axe. Some blacksmithing experience helpful, but not required.


Mon, Jun 25th, 2018  –  Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 16+
Registration Cost: $600.00
Includes materials fee of $220.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

leather gloves
cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
leather shoes
clothing comfortable to outdoors-in

Optional Tools

safety glasses
ear protection
your favorite blacksmithing hammer (non claw types - 1-3lb hammer)
good file for steel
tongs or over-sized pliers
steel punch
steel chisels
vice grips
channel locks
ball-peen hammer(s) and/or heads to be modified into a suita

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.