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Bladesmithing Workshop: 3-Days with Kevin Cashen

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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 blacksmithing@rocafc.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.

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.

    Workshop Schedule:

    • November 2019 Session: November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th (9am-5pm each day)

    Class Details: 

    • Enrollment: 4 to 10 students
    • All materials and safety equipment included
    • Breakfast snacks included
    • Lunch for all 3 days is available for an additional $35, 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 3-day class with full days in the shop

    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 info@rocafc.com.

    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: info@rocafc.com.

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