Bladesmithing; Forging a Puukko Knife

Three-day Course

Friday April 19 – Sunday April 21 (9:00am – 5:00pm each day)  *this course is full*

Friday October 25 – Sunday October 27 (9:00am – 5:00pm each day)

Instructor: Graham van Houten

In this three day course you will create your very own fixed blade knife, based on the traditional knife of the Saami people of Lapland; the “Puukko”. You will design, forge, grind and heat treat the blade, as well as build your own handle from a variety of materials, and make your own custom leather sheath. We will discuss blade profile, ergonomics and handle geometry and put these principles to use creating a functional work of art. In addition to making your own complete bushknife, you can expect to leave with all the basic skills to create your own knives at home using a minimal set up. Most of the weekend will be spent grinding, and students can expect to get very dirty.

Students will be asked to sign a health and safety waiver at the beginning of day one. Ear plugs, masks and safety glasses will be provided.

Day 1 morning:
Introduction, forge blade, begin heat treating

Day 1 afternoon:
Grind blade profile, grind bevels, heat treat, torch temper
Hand sanding

Day 2 morning:
Hot fit bolsters (copper)
Attach handles and glue up

Day 2 afternoon:
Shape handles
Polish handles

Day 3 morning:
Cut and chisel wooden inlay
Cut and wrap leather
Dye leather (dry before lunch)

Day 3 afternoon:
Stitch leather
Tool designs

$75 material fee to be paid to Graham during the course

Fresh, homemade lunches and a morning snack/coffee included each day. All dietary needs accommodated.

CALL TO REGISTER – (613) 464-2105


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