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Robert Burns

Southwick, MA
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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 part time out of his shop creating knives, woodworking tools, and historic reproductions.

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Current Courses Offered by Robert Burns

Teaser image for Blacksmith’s Folding Knife

Blacksmith’s Folding Knife

Throughout history blacksmiths have made their own tools, among them being the…
Thu, Aug 25th, 2022  –  Sun, Aug 28th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Robert Burns
Teaser image for Puukko Knife: Forge Your Own

Puukko Knife: Forge Your Own

For hundreds of years the puukko knife has been the prized tool of northern Europe and Scandinavia…
Thu, Aug 18th, 2022  –  Mon, Aug 22nd, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Robert Burns

Past Courses Offered by Robert Burns

Blacksmith’s Friction Folding Knife

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