Want the satisfaction of bending steel to your will?
All class fees include materials. Classes are by arrangement only. Please fill out the form below or Email me at Kempfforge@gmail.com to schedule.
Current classes offered:
Bladesmithing classes cover these topics and more: Forge safety, tool terminology and use, how to swing a hammer and use tongs without injuring yourself, or others, basic forging techniques, basic grinding techniques. Heat treating, tempering, knife grinding, blade geometry, sharpening, handle construction, guards, and information on sheath construction. Bring a friend or loved one along to make it a two student class for a discount.
Forging a Tomahawk: Learn to forge a rugged, functional tomahawk for adventuring or home use. This can be done in several different ways, and we'll figure out what suits your needs best. You will learn the basics of forge welding in this class. You will also fit a handle to your tomahawk. $270 (this includes materials)
Forging a Small Knife: Learn to forge an every day carry (EDC), paring, utility, tanto, hunting, skinning, small kitchen knife etc. The limit is a 5" blade and what you can imagine. Expect to spend anywhere from 12 to 24 hours on your first knife depending on complexity. At the end of this class, you will walk out with your own functional hand forged knife! $270 (this includes materials).
Forging a Medium Knife: Learn to forge a chef, cleaver, camp, fighter, seax, tanto, survival knife, or whatever else you can imagine. These blade lengths usually range from 5" to 12" and take between 14 and 28 hours depending on how ambitious you are. At the end of this class you will walk out with a forged tool you can use for the rest of your life. $325 (this includes materials)
Forging a Large Knife: Forge a machete, cleaver, pig-sticker, fighter, seax, wakazashi, small falcata, bolo, kukri, or other weapon of your choice. These blade lengths usually range from 12" to 20" and take between 20 and 38 hours to complete. Previous experience strongly recommended but not required. At the end of this class, you will walk out with a weapon worth taking into the wilderness or battle. $430 (this includes materials)
Forging a Sword: Forge a sword! blade length is limited to 3' This will put your forging skills to the absolute test. It is both physically and mentally demanding. There is a borderline endless variety of swords from every culture, if you want to create one; I can guide you. It will be both difficult and incredibly rewarding. Prior experience is VERY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Expect this to take 50+ hours. $1,080 (this includes materials.)
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things to know & to bring
No prior forging experience is required. Materials and safety gear are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you're more comfortable with it. Wear the right clothing: long pants, heavy shoes or boots, make sure the pants go over the top of the shoes. DO NOT wear synthetic materials. Eat a big breakfast, bring a lunch and a water bottle; we will be forging all day. Expect larger projects to be broken apart over a few days/classes.
All participants must sign a release of liability prior to the class commencing. Safety is my first priority always, but fundamentally there are dangerous aspects to this art.
This is available to adults and children over 10, however a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany their child. Older teenagers (16-17) can have an unaccompanied class with a written consent form from their parent or legal guardian.