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Robert Burns

Southwick, MA
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Robert Burns

Robert has been fascinated by metalwork and traditional crafts particularly in how they connect to history, since childhood. Robert began studying blacksmithing under James Hoffman learning the American colonial style of blacksmithing. He then went on to learn the craft of bladesmithing joining the American Bladesmith’s Society (ABS) where he hopes to achieve the rank of master smith. Robert works full time out of his shop creating knives, woodworking tools, and historic reproductions.


Past Courses Offered by Robert Burns

Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels

Crafting the Traditional Pattern-Welded Puukko Knife

Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop

From Bloom to Bar: Turning Raw Iron and Steel into Usable Steel