Knife Making Course
Forging Your Own Knife

Knife Making Course Details:
Dates: Jan 28-29, 2017 or
Offered again: Mar 25-26, 2017 or
Offered again: May 20-21, 2017 or
Offered again: July 15-16, 2017 or
Offered again: Sep 9-10, 2017 or
Offered again: Nov 18-19, 2017
Duration: 9am-5pm each day
Location: Seattle, WA
Instructor: David Tuthill
Cost: $330

Forge your own knife! Learn how to make a knife; including design, steel selection, basic metallurgy, layout, forging, profiling, heat‐treating, grinding, and sharpening.

Whether for work, camping, backcountry, or bushcraft; this knife will serve you for years to come. Additional topics discussed include how to select handle materials and how to design and lay out a leather sheath (so you can make a sheath at home).

In this course you will forge your own knife to take home. The course fee covers all instruction and materials. There is a maximum of six students in this course, to allow for highly personalized instruction. The class takes place at David's blacksmithing workshop, Fire Horse Forge, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

Instructor Bio:

David Tuthill has been working with metals, beginning with jewelry, since the age of fifteen. He began forging as part of a sculpture course at Santa Barbara City College in 1988. He did not begin forging full-time until 1992 when he began to do privately commissioned work. Predominantly self-taught, he has been constantly challenging himself to further his skills by taking on tasks, or designing jobs that force him to learn something new. He has been operating his business, FIRE HORSE FORGE in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle since 1994, where he produces architectural commissions, as well as furniture, sculpture, and jewelry.

David’s years in the Northwest have been the most formative in his metalworking career. With his love for the outdoors, being surrounded by the vast and expansive nature of the region, as well as a rich industrial history, including timber, maritime trades, and railroads, he has continued to learn and has been able to more fully appreciate and understand how the influence of his surroundings can be reflected in the pieces that he produces. “For most of my life I have been interested in history, and how it still directly, and indirectly influences us today.” “There is a connection to many of the traditions that brought us to where we are standing, so how do we give these ancient sensibilities, a modern voice, how do we relate it to now?” Learn more about David Tuthill at his website,

Register for the Knife Making Course

Return from the Knife Making Course back to Survival Courses


(360) 793-8709

wilderness survival school catalogRequest Information:
Receive a free copy of our brochure and Wilderness Certification Program Catalog:

Click here to load this Caspio Online Database.
We respect your privacy and never sell, trade, or share your information.

Visit the Course Calendar:

course calendar

Recent News at Alderleaf:

Alderleaf in the Media:

Alderleaf in the media

Find us on Facebook:

wilderness survival guideJoin our eNewsletter:
And receive a free copy of our survival mini-guide, Thriving in the Outdoors: The Six Keys to Wilderness Survival!

Learn more