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August 2019

Basic Blacksmithing

August 29

Basic Blacksmithing

If you’ve ever wanted to try blacksmithing, this course is a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty!  Students will become familiar with basic forging techniques and fire control while completing one or more simple projects of their choice.  Come have fun in the forge and get a taste of how things where done in the old days! Instructor: Matthew Shirey

Cost: $250

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                  Time

CSP 4000 24271         Th 9/5 – 10/17     6 – 9p

Registration Deadline: 8/29

Please click here to begin the registration process or call 828.565.4240

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Forging Tools for Woodworkers

August 30

Forging Tools for Woodworkers

There are few things as gratifying as forging a tool then taking that tool to the wood shop and using it to make something else!  In this course we will learn the basics of forging axes, adzes, drawknives, chisels, etc.  Students will focus on crafting simple, well made tools that are tempered to hold a keen edge and designed to work.  Whether a beginner or more experienced blacksmith, this class will be a great opportunity to develop your understanding of forging and metallurgy. Instructor: Matthew Shirey

Cost: $250

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                  Time

CSP 4000 24270         Th 9/5 – 10/17     3 – 6p

Registration Deadline: 8/30

Please click here to begin the registration process or call 828.565.4240

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September 2019

Tomahawk Class

September 13

Tomahawk Class

This class will cover the following topics: selection of steel, forging, drifting the eye, heat treating and handle construction. The objective of the class is for each student to complete a tomahawk. Instructor: Josh Lyle

Cost: $246

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                    Time

CSP 4000 24262         F,S,Su 9/20 – 9/22 9a – 5p

Registration Deadline: 9/13

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ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

September 30

October 7 – 18

ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

This class is for beginning knifemakers, students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques needed to make a knife. Students are taught metal selection, blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering will all be taught. These semi-finished blades will be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility. Students should be able to make a blade which will pass the equivalent of a Journeyman Smith Performance Test. Successful completion of this course will reduce the required three (3) year waiting period as an ABS Journeyman Smith judging in two years. This is a two-week long class and will be taught by ABS Certified Master Bladesmith Jim Crowell.

Students need to bring their own safety equipment for the classes:

Eye protection

Leather chaps

Gloves – 2 sets: one for hot material and a pair of regular leather gloves for protection.

Hearing protection

 

Cost: $1,006.25

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code                Date                Time

CSP 4000 24256          10/7 – 18         8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: 9/30

Please click here to begin the registration process or call 828.565.4240

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October 2019

Small Camp Knife

October 11

Small Camp Knife

This 3-day class will provide students with an introduction and general knowledge of forging and grinding blades. Students will be instructed on how to construct a 5” full tang small Camp knife, including handle material selection, pin stock, adhesives, and overall finish techniques. Instructor: Rob Singleton

Cost: $265

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                          Time

CSP 4000 24275         F,S,Su 10/18 – 10/20  8a – 5p

Registration Deadline: 10/11

Please click here to begin the registration process or call 828.565.4240

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Forging Tools for Woodworkers

October 31

Forging Tools for Woodworkers

There are few things as gratifying as forging a tool then taking that tool to the wood shop and using it to make something else!  In this course we will learn the basics of forging axes, adzes, drawknives, chisels, etc.  Students will focus on crafting simple, well made tools that are tempered to hold a keen edge and designed to work.  Whether a beginner or more experienced blacksmith, this class will be a great opportunity to develop your understanding of forging and metallurgy. Instructor: Matthew Shirey

Cost: $225

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                  Time

CSP 4000 24272         Th 11/7 – 12/19   3 – 6p

Registration Deadline: 10/31

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Basic Blacksmithing

October 31

Basic Blacksmithing

If you’ve ever wanted to try blacksmithing, this course is a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty!  Students will become familiar with basic forging techniques and fire control while completing one or more simple projects of their choice.  Come have fun in the forge and get a taste of how things where done in the old days! Instructor: Matthew Shirey

Cost: $225

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                  Time

CSP 4000 24273         Th 11/7 – 12/19   6 – 9p

Registration Deadline: 10/31

Please click here to begin the registration process or call 828.565.4240

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November 2019

Forging a Japanese Hammer

November 1

Forging a Japanese hammer

This style hammer is also known as a cutler’s hammer and a dog’s head hammer.  The unique design makes it perfect for forging the bevels on a knife blade. It’s ergonomic shape allows for accurate forging and reduces arm fatigue.  In this course we will punch and drift the eye, forge the head, heat treat, and haft the handle so that each student leaves with a finished hammer. Instructor: Matthew Shirey

 

Cost: $238

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                                         Time

CSP 4000 24274         F,S,Su 11/8 – 11/10         9a – 5p

Registration Deadline: 11/1

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Friction Folder

November 8

Friction Folder

In this 2 day class students will be instructed on how to construct a friction folder knife, including handle material selection, pin stock and overall finish techniques. Materials and supplies will be provided to make a finished friction folder. Instructor: Ken Hall

Cost: $199, room 3327

Location: 3300 building

Course Code            Date                       Time

CSP 4000 24266         S,Su 11/16 – 11/17   8a – 5p

Registration Deadline: 11/8

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December 2019

Leather Sheath

December 7

Leather Sheath

ABS Journeyman Smith Ken Hall will instruct a 2 day class on making a leather sheath for a medium sized fixed blade knife. The class will cover the following topics: leather selection, making a pattern, cutting leather, basic tooling, dying and hand stitching. The objective of the class is for each student to complete a sheath for one of their knives. Students must bring a completed knife to make a sheath for. Instructor: Ken Hall

Cost: $174

Location: 3300 building, room 3327

Course Code            Date                       Time

CSP 4000 24267         S,Su 12/14 – 12/15  8a – 5p

Registration Deadline:12/7

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