2022 Summer Program


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Class #39

Get Your Axe Together

Jeremiah Backhaus

June 26 - July 2, 2022


instructor imageThis weeklong intensive focuses on the oldest tool in human existence—the axe. From farm, forest, and battlefield, this one item has known the most versatility and application. Contained in such a simple-looking tool are nearly all of the functions that a well-seasoned blacksmith needs to accomplish—slitting, drifting, tapering, forge welding and heat treating.

This class will explore some of the history of the axe and its different forms. You’ll get your hands dirty as you get your axe together. Please note that this is not a raw beginner class. You should be at moderately familiar with forge welding and the basic processes of the forge in order to take this class.

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.

Jeremiah will contact students prior to class.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $20 to $50, payable to Jeremiah during class
Shop Fee: $30

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

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


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