Knife Making Course Details:
Dates: Feb 8-9, 2020
Offered again: Mar TBD, 2020
Offered again: May TBD, 2020
Offered again: Jun TBD, 2020
Offered again: Jul TBD, 2020
Offered again: Oct TBD, 2020
Offered again: Nov TBD, 2020
Duration: 9am-5pm each day
Location: Seattle, WA
Instructor: David Tuthill
Cost: $400 (plus $50 materials fee paid directly to instructor)*
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.
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.
*Please note, this course is excluded from discounts
Details from the Instructor:
"In this two-day workshop you will learn the basics of making a hand-forged, finished knife. First, we begin with a general discussion on steel selection, design and use, and forging techniques, followed by a brief demonstration. Next we forge our blades before rough grinding, profiling, and drilling out the tangs, in preparation for heat-treating. Finally we harden and temper our blades in preparation for day two. The second day is spent doing all of our finish grinding and sanding, as well as preparing our knives for attaching the scales to the tang and finishing the handles. Finally, we spend time on the last steps of applying the finish, and sharpening our knives."
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?”