Welding: Traditional Knife-Making

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • This is an off-site class: Alchemy Industrial Arts 9392 Wardwell Ave NE BI, Class Code: WE122918JL
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To register and pay off-line, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN. To apply a credit in your BARN account, please do not use the Register button. Call or email the registrar at info@bainbridgebarn.org.

To cancel your registration, please call or email the registrar at least four (4) days prior to the class/event start date in order to receive a refund.
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Traditional Knife-Making: Use a forge to heat pieces of steel red hot and hammer them into the shape and edge of a knife. Repeat, again and again. Temper and quench. Then grind a final edge. You have a hand made knife to fit with a handle.

The knife-making class serves as an introduction to basic blacksmithing. The traditional knife-making class is a three and a half hour hands-on class culminating in completion of a hand made knife.

The class covers:

  • Safety and good practice
  • Discussion of “smithing”: forging, drawing, heat-treating, and finishing
  • Introduction to the propane forge and hand tools
  • Shaping and drawing a blank and a blade
  • Heat treating
  • Grinding
  • Drilling or punching and riveting
  • Finishing

Class Goals:

  • Learn the basic principles of metallurgy, metal forming, and heat treatment
  • Learn to draw steel through traditional methods
  • Create a knife blade
  • Understanding heat treating

Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NE
Bainbridge Island WA 98110



  • Participants must wear long sleeve shirts and pants in natural fiber and closed toe shoes of either leather or cotton.  Athletic or synthetic shoes and stretch fabrics are prohibited.
  • Alchemy Industrial Arts will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Age 14 and up
  • Class size is limited to 4 students to provide good mentoring.


Jeremy Loerch is a successful small business owner of Monkey Wrench Fabrication studio, focused on original pieces made from all types of metal. Expertise includes teaching and curriculum development for youth, as well as adult programming. Contact: jeremy_loerch@hotmail.com or (206) 992-8509

Further Contact:

Henry Sharpe, BARN Welding Studio Lead, henrysharpe@gmail.com or (206) 708-0561

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