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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.

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Current Courses Offered by Robert Burns

4 Days
Teaser image for Blacksmith’s Friction Folding Knife

Blacksmith’s Friction Folding Knife

This course will introduce students to the methods and techniques involved in hand crafting an all-metal friction folding knife, a project suitable for beginners to experienced smiths that want to learn more about knife making. Students will learn to forge, grind, heat-treat, and polish a carbon steel blade using coal…
Thu, Aug 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 9th, 2020
Instructors: Cody Myers, Robert Burns
5 Days
Teaser image for Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop

Damascus Rings: Jewelry from the Blacksmith Shop

Combining blacksmithing and jewelry-making, this course offers an opportunity for beginning and advanced students to develop their skills as they forge and craft a Damascus ring with a silver liner. Students will begin by forging a piece of Damascus steel, a particularly beautiful and ornamental steel filled with folds and…
Thu, Aug 13th, 2020  –  Mon, Aug 17th, 2020
Instructor: Robert Burns

Past Courses Offered by Robert Burns

Blacksmithing: Viking Fire Steels

Crafting the Traditional Pattern-Welded Puukko Knife

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