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Forge an Axe

Course Overview

Learn to forge the quintessential tool of the North Woods. This tool packs big results in a little package: the size of this axe lends itself to be easily portaged yet has enough weight to handle any camp chore. This axe will be constructed out of a single solid piece of 5160 high carbon tool steel and will feature a hardened hammer tail and a differential heat treatment. Students will learn to cut the eye open for the handle, forge the steel head into shape, heat-treat the blade and hammer ends to a suitable hardness, sharpen the blade and attach a hickory handle. Prior enrollment in an entry-level blacksmithing course is highly recommended.


Fri, Jun 28th, 2019  –  Mon, Jul 1st, 2019

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
  • jeans
  • 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 suitable blacksmithing hammer
  • any hammer heads that you'd like to use (non-claw)
  • camera
  • 4.5" grinder

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.