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 email@example.com 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.
NOTE: Students need to have prior forging experience, such as our Skill Builder Workshop: Tapers, to get the most out of this class. Please contact us if you are concerned about your prerequisite experience!
Higo Style Rustic Friction Folder: Learn to create a wonderful conversation piece and functional tool. In this class we will cover the basics of designing and building a simple friction folding knife in the Higo Style.
Students will start by learning about appropriate steels and how to process them to bring out the desired qualities such as durability, edge retention and sharpenability. After discussion of material size constraints students will work a small piece of copper to create a decorative handle. Then they will design a blade to fit inside their handle. Finally students will create a pattern from their design and forge a blade just slightly larger than the pattern to allow for grinding.
After rough grinding the basics of heat treating will be reviewed and students will heat treat their blades. Finally the knife will be assembled.
For those who have their own, or have taken one of our Damascus Billet workshops, you can bring that in to use. Note: Material should be between 1/8" and 3/16" thick and at least 3/4" to 1" wide.
(NOTE: Above are examples of various topics offered, however each class focuses on only one. The topic of each class is listed with the corresponding date.)
Arc + Flame Bladesmithing Workshops are a keen way to learn and explore creating knives. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction at the forge to enhance your learning experience.
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!
Current Workshop Schedule (Each class will focus on the topic listed)
- 2 - 8-hour class periods: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
- Prerequisite: Skill Builder Workshop: Tapers. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Breakfast snacks and lunch included
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
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: email@example.com.