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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Forge-Welding a Damascus Blade and Other Items

Course Overview

Highly prized for centuries for its uncanny strength, ability to hold an edge and distinctively beautiful swirling and flowing patterns, Damascus steel is art: forge welding at its finest as you combine different types of steel, forge them through fire and hammer into one solid billet. Like a baker uses kneading and folding to create a loaf of marble rye bread, the blacksmith uses welding, folding and drawing techniques to create a completely unique piece of steel. Through this course you will learn how to forge weld a Damascus steel billet and will then turn the billet into a knife. Knife style and profile are open ended and students are encouraged to come with something in mind. By giving a detailed look at topics like annealing, normalizing, heat-treating, thermal cycling, grain structure, grinding techniques, polishing and finishing this course is meant to give a thorough understanding of working with steel. The class is open to students of all skill levels, from students anxious to pick up a hammer for the first time to experienced smiths looking to develop new skills. Depending on skill level students may or may not go home with a finished blade but everyone will leave with a solid foundation and understanding of knife forging and working steel. Materials fee includes the use of coal/gas for forgework and the costs of steel, etc. An optional Day 7 is available for students who would like to complete more intricate handle work. $85 tuition, $45 materials.

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