I Forged a Carving Knife and I Know How to Use It
Jeremiah Backhaus & Erik Rinkleff
June 21 - June 27
During this unique forging and wood carving workshop, you will not only design and forge your own wood carving knife (or a small every day carry (EDC), paring, utility, hunting, skinning or small kitchen knife), but you’ll learn to wood carve as well.
During the first day(s) of the class, Jeremiah will introduce you to the blacksmith shop. Here you will go about forging, by hand, a small blade. While small in size, your project will be large in science. Design and angles will be discussed, as well as properties that are ideal for desired blades.
Once your knife is finely honed, Erik will introduce you to wood carving basics, including wood properties, the proper and safe use of your knife and how to keep it sharp. Painting and finishing techniques will also be included in these discussions. In only a few days you will have several completely finished carving pieces ready to place on your mantel!
For forging, please bring 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.
Erik Rinkleff learned to carve at The Clearing in 1998. He now enjoys carving a variety of subjects, including Santas, snowmen, country characters, gnomes and wood spirits. He also designs and builds rustic wood furniture. Erik is the Assistant Director of The Clearing and also owns and operates his own woodworking business, Rustic Road Studio. He has been teaching wood carving and rustic furniture classes for 20 years.
Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $10 for steel and handle blanks, payable to Jeremiah during class and $10 to $15 for wood and painting supplies, payable to Erik during class
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