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.
Forged Damascus Knife
Audra Draper is a knifemaker that creates unique custom forged Damascus blades. She is currently one of only 4 female Master Bladesmiths in the American Bladesmith Society (ABS). She has been making knives since 1992 and has been teaching out of her home shop since 2004.
Audra will be bringing both her husband Mike, who is a knifemaker in his own right, and a billet of 31 layer Damascus for the class to use. Students will use this billet to create a small knife from start to finish!
*The listed cost of the class includes all materials and safety gear. If you want to bring your own handle material please contact us for approval (email@example.com).
Watch a PBS video about Audra at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJwxJnRrR6s
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!
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience: This class is intended as an introductory bladesmithing class, but some forging experience is helpful, and a tapering class is a prerequisite.
Don't know how to forge tapers? Check out our Skill Builder: Tapers class to get your hammer arm ready:
October 2020 Session: Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th, 2020 (9am-5pm each day): $845
- Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
- Experience: Tapering class or equivalent experience
- All materials and safety equipment included
- Breakfast snacks included
- Lunch for all 5 days is available for an additional $65 (must be purchased at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class). For those who wish to provide their own lunch a refrigerator and microwave will be available in the shop.
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines
- This is a week long 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 email@example.com.
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