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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; its edge geometry also can be tailored for carving. Your 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. This is a great beginner axe-maker project.

Dates

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.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.