Currently, J is teaching two different classes for the next year, limited to just 3 students each and all students will make 2 knives during each class. We’re also pleased to announce that this years classes will be held at our new 1500 sq ft shop in Manheim, PA! Take a quick tour here and see some of the tools and equipment you’ll be working with! As of 2016, Pete Johnson will be teaching basic blacksmithing and various tool making classes.
The first is a 2-day knife making class that will consist of both stock removal and hand forging of blades, plus heat treating, polishing and finishing. Classes are year round from 2016 through June of 2017 $385 (monthly payments are available to spread out the cost)
For scheduling information, please visit: http://knifeclass.eventzilla.net
Tong Making 101
In this class students will learn to make two different pair’s of tongs for themselves, learning how to design, layout and more. In addition, this class will give the confidence and skills for the student to make many pair’s of tongs for themselves in the future. Pete Johnson is a master tool maker with over 13 years of experience in his craft.
For scheduling information, please visit: http://tongclass.eventzilla.net
1 Day Blacksmith Knife and Cable Damascus
This is a 1 day class, with classes available Sunday. Students will forge 2 blades during this class, one blacksmith or Viking style knife and one forge welded wire rope knife. Students will learn to forge two complete blades using two different methods and learn basic heat treating proceduces and blade forming techniques including grinding and filing. While there is no set age requirements, we recommend the classes for ages 16 and over (email us regarding younger students, we just want to make sure it’s worth our time and your money) and is limited to 3 students per class and scheduling is done on a first come, first serve basis. All materials, including steel, abrassives and fuels needed to complete knives will be provided along with needed safety gear. We will be using a combination of coal and gas forges during classes. Belt grinders, air tools, abrasive saws and other power equipment may also be used by students. Class cost is $185.
For scheduling information please visit: http://bladeclass.eventzilla.net
How did this all start?
Over the past few years at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fauire, I’ve been asked time and time again if I would be doing any bladesmithing classes, and for many years I put it off due to scheduling issues and personal excuses. Last year I finally began exploring options for teaching and looked around at other offerings, of which there are few. There’s a popular facility in Layton, NJ that is running similar classes for $650+ and while I think they do a great job and have heard some good things about their courses, I wanted to be able to offer the same kind of experience at a much more affordable price. I did a lot of research and more than a few test classes with friends to develop what I believe to be one of the most concise, educational and fun knifemaking classes you’re going to find! I’ve included the cost of everything in the price, no extra material fees etc. Now, after a successful 2014 fall and winter session of teaching I’m happy to say that I have my new 2015 class schedule finalized plus I’m working on material for a few more advanced classes that I will be offering to previous students.
Here’s photo’s of one of my recent solo classes on July 2 & 3, 2015: