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Forging Traditional Scandinavian Composite Knife Blades

Course Overview

Students in this class will use forge welding techniques to create a typical northern European Late Iron Age knife blade from separate bars of wrought iron and 1085 steel. Each student will then complete their blades by learning appropriate grinding techniques and fitting traditional Scandinavian hardwood handles. This class will give students the opportunity to gain insight into everyday life during the Viking age while forging a fully functional knife from this interesting period of history. Students will use solid fuel forges and hand forging methods to explore the skills of Viking smiths from 1200 years ago!

This course is open to students ages 14 and up.

In order to provide a safe learning environment for all, we have reduced the size of our blacksmithing courses. Because students work in pairs at each forge, the tuition and materials fee now covers the participation of two students who are in a pod together and can work in close proximity to one another. Note, students can choose to register and work by themselves, but the tuition rate will not be reduced. Social distancing will be practiced between pods, and masks will be required. Extra sanitation measures will be in place as well. We hope to return to larger classes and individual registrations soon!

Required tools

  • safety glasses (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)

  • ear protection (provided, but you may wish to bring your own)

  • leather gloves (not gardening gloves)

  • Cotton or other natural fiber clothing (no nylon clothing)

  • Leather, close-toed shoes

  • Shop apron

  • clothing comfortable to be outdoors

  • Notebook and pencil

  • Hair tie for long hair or beard

Optional Tools

  • Favorite hammer 

  • knife tongs

Course Details