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Ed Caffrey overlooking Jessica Bybee's forging techniques at the Washington Hammer In
I have been making knives since 1976 and I have been teaching the craft for nearly 10 years now. Several of my former students have become very proficient at the craft and are gearing up their shops for serious production and work. My knife making classes are kept small and the tutoring is essentially one on one style. All of my past classes have been in the evenings mostly, but I now only offer a one week course for those who live a distance and want to spend their vacation learning knife making. I enjoy teaching knife making and I have evolved my classes to better fit the needs of my students.
Presents our Biannual day classes
October 2nd through 8th, 2006 "Wow it's Done"
April 30th through May 6th, 2007
The Northwest School of Knifemaking proudly presents by popular demand “Knifemaking 101”.
The course begins with basic blade forging and will progress to building a blade designed to pass the ABS “American Bladesmith Society” Journeyman’s test and a blade or two for you to finish later. At a later class we can go on to teach you how to finish a blade with very basic tools and secure a guard and handle with good fit.. The course will climax with a two day Hammer In (Damascus Seminar) and you may get hands on experience at making a billet of Damascus.
Ed Caffrey is a well known ABS Mastersmith and will be lending me a hand with this class again providing we get a full class.
Due to popular response the day class to be offered by the Northwest School of Knife Making will be The “Whole Shooting Match”, or better said (Knife Making 101). Price for the 7 day course is only $850.00 and will cover materials. This class will be limited to 6 students so that every one will have a chance to get one on one instruction. In order to hold you a spot I will require a deposit of $400.00 and the full tuition will need to be paid 30 days prior to beginning class. Cancellations need to be made at least 30 days in advance so that we can find a replacement in order to get your deposit back
The "Whole Shooting Match" class was tailored to primary smithing so that it would be easier for the average person to afford and fit into their time frame and it is also advisable to learn the basics before attempting to build a complete Damascus knife. We will do our best to cover enough ground so that you will have the basic knowledge and skills to build a knife from start to finish. However we will emphasize always the most important parts of knife making so that you will have a solid background to work from. I doubt that any one will go home with a finely finished knife with perfect fit and finish, but you will certainly have many of the skills learned to begin making outstanding cutlery.
Out goal is to send you home with the knowledge that you can build cutlery that are second to none in performance and the inspiration to go on and make your craft into an art. If you like, you may want to return for continuing classes and seminars that will enhance your basic skills and propel you to making world class knives.
We begin on Monday morning with basic blade forging and we will progress to building a blade designed to pass the ABS “American Bladesmith Society” Journeyman’s test. Building and testing this blade will quickly give you a better idea of what is happening and the importance of proper heat treating.
Metallurgy is crucial to knife making, but we will try to keep it simple so as not to bog you down with information overload. However we will expound on heat treating to a large degree. You will have a lifetime to pursue the details if you like, but we do want to give you the skills in order to make a first class blade.
Because there are so many blade and knife styles and methods to make a knife, it would be impossible to encompass it all into one class, but we will try to teach you how to finish a blade with very basic tools and principles to get that award winning look. We can show you techniques used by the masters to grind a blade by machine, but practice and patience will make for a more perfect artist.
Ed Caffrey spent the Spring of 2006 Hammer In weekend demonstrating finishing a blade and fitting a guard and handle while I was building a Damascus billet using the wet weld, the dry weld and welding in a can, with the help of the invited demonstrators Tom Ferry, Gary House and John Davis.
Your first attempt at building a knife may not be perfect, but you will have the skills to go on and pursue the perfect knife. I and most of my colleagues will admit that we have not yet made the perfect knife, but it is a most honorable quest.
The Northwest School of Knifemaking
23706 7th Ave. SE, Suite B
Bothell, WA 98021
Day classes: Class dates to be posted.
You will need; leather shoes, gloves, eye protection, dust mask and fire resistant clothing.
Expect to have a very good time.
Instructor: C. Lyle Brunckhorst, Knifemaker since 1976.
Day classes: Class starts on Monday and runs thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Class is usually followed by a two day hammer in and Damascus is the main course.
Tuition price includes materials. Other materials can be supplied for an applicable fee. If you would like additional tutoring, additional time can be made available at a cost of $25.00 per hour plus materials.
Tuition fees are to be paid in full at least 30 days in advance of class, either by check, cash or Visa/MC. Enrollment is based on a first come first paid basis. Canceling late could result in forfeiture of your deposit if we fail to fill out the class.
Students will need to bring to class: gloves, eye protection (prescription glasses are better than nothing), dust mask or respirator, clothing that will not melt or flash such as polyesters (cotton or wool is fine) and protective foot wear (leather shoes or boots).
If you would like to be on the mailing list for upcoming class schedules, please fill out the form below and I will E mail you schedules as they arise.
Copy and print this form, then please print legibly so that I can read it
and mail it with check or credit card info to address below.
Name_______________________________________________________ Phone (____) ____________
Please enroll me in your comprehensive school of knifemaking, class. _______________________________
I am enclosing the tuition price of $850.00________.00 plus (8.9%) for WA sales tax $________. Total $________
Visa/MC #_______________________________________________Exp. Date_________________________
I will abide by any rules set forth by the instructor, pay strict attention to safety instruction and will hold myself solely responsible for my own safety.
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