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Currently Scheduled Blacksmithing & Toolmaking Courses

2 Days
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Basic Flintknapping

Have you ever wondered how our ancestors produced sharpened tools of stone like axe heads, knife blades, and arrow points? Learn how flintknapping evolved and how to identify appropriate base materials from which you can produce a variety of sharpened stone tools. This class will introduce the basic techniques of…
Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017
Instructor: Robert Keiper
3 Days
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Blacksmithing: The Basics & Beyond

Always wanted to try your hand at the forge? This is the place to start and continue to develop your blacksmithing skills. You will be introduced to the basic skills of the blacksmith including safety, fire control, tools and equipment in both a classroom and 'on the forge' setting. Student…
Thu, Sep 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 9th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
4 Days
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Crafting the Throwing Axe

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…
Mon, Aug 7th, 2017  –  Thu, Aug 10th, 2017
Instructor: Cody Myers
5 days
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Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop

Combining blacksmithing and jewelry-making, this course offers an opportunity for beginning students of any interest to develop their skills as they forge and craft a Damascus ring with a silver liner. Students will begin by forging a piece Damascus steel, a particularly beautiful and ornamental steel filled with folds and…
Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 6th, 2017
Instructor: Robert Burns
3 days
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From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron and Steel into Usable Steel

This course is intended is an extension of the Viking-Era Smelting course. Take your raw bloom the next step and make it into useable steel. Students will learn how to consolidate the bloom, fold it and forge weld it until it becomes a useable high carbon steel bar from which…
Fri, Jul 28th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 30th, 2017
Instructor: Robert Burns
5 Days
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Knifemaking: Crafting the Norwegian Tollekniv

Crafting the "tollekniv" (whittling knife) is a rich cultural tradition of Norway, kept alive by many Norwegian smiths and knifemakers today. Knifemaking explores three common craft traditions – metal work, leather work and wood work. Using Norwegian knifemaking techniques and shared characteristics amongst Norwegian knifemakers, learn to fit a hand-forged…
Wed, Aug 9th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 13th, 2017
Instructor: Gene Tokheim
4 Days
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Viking-Era Smelting: A Contemporary Approach to Iron-Age Technology

We’re no stranger to taking materials back to the source: woodworking courses regularly head out to harvest birch; basket makers can be spotted in local ditches cutting willow, sweetgrass and cattail; and we even have the occasional sheep on campus for the fiber folk. But taking metalwork straight to the…
Mon, Jul 24th, 2017  –  Thu, Jul 27th, 2017
Instructor: Wayne Potratz