Bladesmithing Workshop: 5-Days with Butch Sheely

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NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at or 585-617-9644. 

If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.


The tomahawk is a very versatile tool, it has been consistently used for self-defense, warfare, camping, excavation and other utility applications. Under the guidance of Journeyman Smith Butch Sheely this class will give you the opportunity to create one of your very own. 

In this five-day class students will make their own tomahawk and belt axe. All aspects of axe making will be covered, from forging the blank to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally, sharpening - with attention given to the design and geometry of these kinds of axes. Come learn how to forge, grind and heat treat a wrapped eye tomahawk and a hammer poll belt axe.

NOTE: This class is intended as an intermediate bladesmithing class. 

    Workshop Schedule:

    • April 2019 Session: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 through Sunday, April 28th, 2019 (9am-5pm daily)

    Class Details: 

    • Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
    • All materials and safety equipment included
    • Breakfast snacks included
    • Lunch for all 5 days is available for an additional $65, or a refrigerator and microwave will be available for those who wish to provide their own. 
    • Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
    • This is a week long class with full days in the shop. Evening open shop time may be available at the instructor's discretion. 
    NOTE: If you would like to participate in our lunch program, please purchase the separate "Blacksmithing Lunch Plan" that corresponds to your class (click here). If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing

    NOTE: Are you traveling from out of town? Click here for lodging + food information!

      Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:

      NOTE: 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:

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