NOTE: Students MUST be 16 years of age or older to participate in this course.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
American Bladesmithing Society: Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-Week Course)
Certified by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and taught by ABS Master Smiths, this two week course is designed for anyone (beginners to experienced metal workers) who is interested in learning how to make high quality forged blades. Each day will include both lecture and hands-on time with an hour break for lunch. Lecture topics will include metal/material selection, blade function and blade design. Hands on time will include forging metal to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering. These semi-finished blades will then be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility.
While handles and guards are not apart of this course they may be discussed. Students who successfully complete this course should be prepared to venture into a handles and guards course next so look through our other offerings.
Successful completion of this course will reduce the required 3 year waiting period to a 2 year wait as an ABS Apprentice member for eligibility to submit their knives for ABS Journeyman Smith judging.
NOTE: Bladesmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Schedule (*Each bullet represents one session)
- October 2021 Session: Monday-Friday, October 18th - 29th, 2021 (8am-5pm, Monday - Friday)
Timothy Potier: The October 2021 session will be taught by Timothy Potier. Timothy is/was a full-time forester with the Louisiana Forestry Commission and has been since 1974. He made his first knife in 1981, a replica of forester’s everyday wood knife.
During the course of his work Timothy was introduced to Pete Hamilton’s son, the foreman of the forge for Randall Knives in Orlando, Florida. Timothy worked with him and eventually bought his equipment and struck out on his own.
Then in 1981 he attended a one-week bladesmithing course taught by Master Smith Jerry Fisk at the Texarkana School of Bladesmithing in Arkansas. Mr. Timothy Potier achieved his Journeyman Smith Rating in 1992, his Master Smith rating in 1994 and in 2008 became an instructor. He is excited to pass on the skills and techniques he uses to produce the same style knives that like us he once only read about.
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- All materials and safety equipment included.
- Experience: Open to all levels
- 1-hour lunch break
- Vending machines are available.
- This is a physically and mentally demanding class with full days in the shop, please come ready to get dirty and work hard!
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Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:
NOTE: Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (ie: Fusing Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes). Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: email@example.com.