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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Rustic Folders (Stock Removal): 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. 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 sharpen-ability. Students will then choose a small piece of antler or other found material and design a blade to fit it. After prepping the handle material students will use the stock removal method to create a blade to fit their design. The basics of heat treating will be covered again prior to assembly of the knife. For those who have their own or took the Damascus Billet workshop you can bring that in to use. 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!