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Puukko Knife: Forge Your Own

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Course Overview

For hundreds of years the puukko knife has been the prized tool of northern Europe and Scandinavia for its versatility and simple elegance. In this course, students will be introduced to the traditional techniques and fundamentals of knifemaking while learning how to produce a fully functional tool that will last a lifetime. Over the five days of the class, students will learn how to forge a blade, heat treat, make a handle, and sharpen the new blade. In addition to these practical skills, we will discuss the history of knifemaking and how to design a knife with intentionality. This course will be well suited to beginners all the way to advanced students. This course is open to students ages 14-15 if accompanied by an adult. A 25% tuition discount applies to the youth registrant when registering with a full paying adult; call to register. Students ages 16 and up may attend on their own. 

We will be using hammers and working around fire/heat while standing on concrete throughout the day, so some degree of physical stamina is required. This course is designed so that the most physically demanding day will be the first day with a transition to more fine-hand skills. 

Required Tools

  • All natural clothing (no synthetic fabrics can be worn in the shop due to fire safety)
  • Work boots (preferably with steel toe)
  • Hearing and eye protection will be provided, but you may bring your own for fit and comfort

Optional Tools

  • A favorite forging hammer
  • Personal tongs
  • Personal files
  • Personal Apron


Wed, Aug 30th, 2023  –  Sun, Sep 3rd, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $575.00
Materials fee: $225.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Robert Burns
Robert Burns
Southwick, MA

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Puukko Knife: Forge Your Own