Class #25

Bladesmithing: A Week On The Edge

Jeremiah Backhaus

June 14 - June 20

instructor imageThis class is oriented toward beginning and intermediate smiths. It will be an introduction to bladesmithing from raw stock.

You will begin the class by hand-forging a knife, with plenty of direction and guidance from Jeremiah. Once this project is done, you’ll be able to sketch and work on another blade project of your choice. Philosophy of blades and forging will be discussed throughout the class. You can rightly expect to leave the class with one fully functional blade and at least one in progress. Forging hammers will be available for purchase from Jeremiah.

Please bring the following items to class: cotton clothing, some form of hair restraint (if needed), leather-palm gloves, safety glasses, ear protection and closed-toe shoes or boots.

Jeremiah Backhaus built his first forge when he was 11 years old. It wasn't much to look at or to work with, but it fueled a passion for metalwork that continues to this day. These days, Jeremiah is self-employed as a blacksmith, producing items for the home, the shop, the barn and just about anywhere in between. Focusing on controlled hand forging, he has produced work for clients around the world. Jeremiah competed in the History Channel's forging competition show, Forged in Fire. He won that episode, earning the title Forged in Fire Champion.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $50 to $100, depending on material used, payable to Jeremiah during class
Shop Fee: $30

Pricing (per person):
$1080 Dorm Room Package*
$1180 Two-Person Room Package*
$1770 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$635 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals