Bladesmithing Workshop: 5-Day Integral Chef Knife with Nick Rossi
NOTE: Students MUST be 16 years of age or older to participate in this course.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Integral Chef Knife:
An integral forged bolster is the epitome of elegance and quality in a kitchen knife. In this 5-Day workshop students will forge and complete a 7-8" chef knife. Each part of the process will be covered in detail including chef knife design theory, steel selection, forging technique, basic metallurgy, finishing and handling.
This is a challenging project for the seasoned beginner to intermediate bladesmith. A prospective student should be comfortable with making a standard, non-integral knife before attempting this workshop.
If you're unsure if you meet the prerequisite, or have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
- November 2022 Session: Monday - Friday, Nov. 7th - 11th, 2022 (9am-5pm daily)
Nick’s interest in metalworking began with a boyhood fascination of knives and swords. At the age of 15, he started working at one of the state’s largest cutlery shops and was introduced to the world of custom knifemaking by local craftspeople. With the combination of books, advice and seminars, Nick developed his skills as a bladesmith and began selling his work under the “Rossi Knives” name.
“From the time I knew that there was such a thing as a custom knifemaker, I was sure that I wanted to be one. Not growing up in a terribly mechanical family, I was sort of left alone to figure it out for myself. I assumed that metallurgy, machining and woodworking would be the knowledge base required, but it was the peripheral knowledge that solidified my decision. Sociology, history, material science and industry became equally important to me. It became readily apparent that this ‘hobby’ would provide me with several lifetimes’ worth of study and research. There was no turning back…”
In 2003 Nick’s work was featured in Downeast Magazine’s “10 Cool Gifts from Maine,” and in 2006 he began teaching bladesmithing at the New England School of Metalwork. Nick continued to operate Rossi Knives on a part-time basis while employed as a sales engineer for a local technical fabrics company until he was offered a full-time position at NESM in 2011.
Nick now currently operates Nick Rossi Knives full time out of his studio in Vassalboro, where he creates dynamic, one-of-a-kind cutlery. Nick’s work is most influenced by Japanese, Southeast Asian and Scandinavian design as well as literature, fine art and nature.
Visit Nick's website at: nickrossiknives.com
You can also follow Nick on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nickrossiknives/
- Enrollment: 4 to 8 students (Note: we provide an assistant after the 6th enrollment)
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Experience: Students should be comfortable with making a standard, non-integral knife before attempting this workshop. If you're unsure if you meet the prerequisite, or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Breakfast snacks included
- 1-hour lunch break
- Vending machines are available
- This is a physically and mentally demanding class with full days in the shop, please come ready to get dirty and work hard!
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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!
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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.
Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (ie: Fusing Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes) OR approval from Department Director.
Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes, shorts, skirts, or highly flammable clothing.