Blacksmithing Workshop

Learn the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing and make a Viking knife or herb chopper


Creative Man

Creative Man

3k
4k+

6 hours Class size 1 to 3

label $350 - $400 or 4 payments of $87.50 - $100 Afterpay
(Earlybird price of $360 applies if you book into a public session 7+ days ahead, otherwise $400 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $350 for 2+ guests)



Come and spend a Saturday with us in this practical introduction to blacksmithing and go home with your very own hand-forged knife! This Sydney workshop is perfect for beginners.

During this full-day workshop, you will experience shaping your own knife with hammer and fire, as well as learn a bit about the blacksmith forge, anvil, and tools and techniques used in blacksmithing. You will make your very own Viking knife or herb chopper from a piece of carbon steel.

What's included in this workshop:
- A blacksmithing overview including the tools, processes and a safety briefing.
- All materials required (carbon steel, hammers, tongs, anvil, gas forge, PPE).
- Forging your own knife with hammer and anvil.
- Help with grinding bevels on your herb chopper or Viking knife (or you can have a go yourself).
- Hand sanding your blade.
- Sharpening your blade.
- All instructions and support required.

How the workshop will run:

The day starts with a safety briefing and then we discuss what it takes to get into blacksmithing as a hobby. This includes the tools required, where to source materials, safe working practises and an overview of the project of the day. You then select to make either a herb chopper or a Viking knife, these are two different kinds of all-steel knives and we get to work!

We will together do:
- Hand forging to shape
- Hammering in bevels
- Drawing out the tang and turning this into the handle
- Heat treatment of carbon steel including quenching the blade and tempering
- Completing the knife blade

Please note: In order to complete the knife in one day, it will be an all-steel construction. No wooden handle will be added.

The workshop will be held in the back yard of our location in Brookvale, Northern Beaches Sydney. This is an industrial setting outside, under roof with basic facilities. Lunch break will be from noon to 1 pm and there are several cafes in the area, as well as two craft breweries within a five-minute walk (Nomad Brewery and 4 Pines Brewery) but there will no alcohol permitted until after any sharp tools are put away.

**The small text: We may need to assist on some of the steps to get it all done in one day. For instance, grinding the bevels, tempering the blade and sharpening, we might have to assist you with. But we will aim to let you do as much as possible of this yourself. If you get tired of the hammering and we have to assist, we may have to help you with some decisions on how to complete your project, in order to finish on time.**


Knowledge Required
No prior experience needed but some physical strength is required to complete the project. Anyone able to lift a 1 kg hammer over the head and hammer "for a while" (we will help if you get tired). You must be able over 16-years-old and be able to follow basic safety instructions as provided by your instructor who is with you every step of the way.
 
What you'll get
Hands-on experience with blacksmithing and bring home their completed project. This will be a pizza cutter or herb chopper style blacksmith knife made from high carbon steel.
 
What to bring
We recommend wearing full-length pants and sleeves in 100% cotton or wool and closed-toe shoes on the day. We will provide leather blacksmith aprons and suitable eye and ear protection. Please bring gloves and hearing protection and dust musk if not wanting to use our provided PPE. Expect to get hit by some sparks, (long sleeves and pants is the way to go).
 
Location

Creative Man - 13-15 Mitchell Road, Brookvale NSW

Your teacher
Creative Man
Creative Man

3k
4k+

Creative workshops on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, in Brookvale! We love hobbies where you make something yourself, and teach workshops in spoon carving, blacksmithing and also how to make your own chef knife on set weekends every month.

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