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.
ABS Master Bladesmith Kevin Cashen will conduct a three day class centered on blade and handle design.
Beginners of all arts often learn by mimicking others but eventually everyone wants to do their own thing. How do you know you're on the right track? What type of knife do you want to make? What is that knife's purpose? How will the handle be held? What sort of grip and range of motion do you need? All of these questions and more contribute to your design. A solid foundation in creating a purpose built knife is a skill that will set you apart as a true knife maker.
Kevin will focus on providing a solid understanding of the 'what and why' needs for a variety of different blades and handles so that students learn how to trouble shoot their own designs. Students are highly encouraged to bring several sketches of their own work or finished knives to class for discussion.
The goal of this class is to sketch out designs, rough forge several blades and rough carve some handles. The forgings will be ground for profiles only to maximize time spent on design and forging to plan. Blocks of poplar will be available for practice carving out handles.