Thanks for checking out the classes here at Underhill Forge! Since a lot of visitors land directly on this page, we’d like to take a moment and thank you for your visit and to let you know that as of January 2018, we’re working on some pretty cool stuff – not just in the shop, but also online! We just added a handful of new dates that include Monday/Tuesdays and also Friday classes in addition to our regular weekend classes. Currently, we are holding two different classes for this year, limited to just 3 students in each. We’re also pleased to announce that this years classes will be held at our new 3500 sq ft shop in Manheim, PA! We have students come from all around the country including NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and just about everywhere in between!
Basic Knifemaking Weekend Class
The first is a 2-day knife making class that will consist of both stock removal and hand forging of blades, plus heat treating, wood work, polishing and finishing. We do our best to give the most comprehensive class we can, examining the science behind the processes involved, the methods and techniques and encourage students to ask as many questions they might have in class. We keep classes to 3, to better give a one on one instruction which we feel makes for a better class experience overall. Classes are year round. $415 (monthly payments are available to spread out the cost, except for gift certificates which must be paid in full at time of purchase)
For scheduling information, please visit: http://knifeclass.eventzilla.net
1 Day Blacksmith Knife and Leather
This is a 1 day class, with classes available Sunday. Students will forge a single blade during this class, one blacksmith or Viking style knife and then make a leather sheath for it. 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 $215.
For scheduling information please visit: http://bladeclass.eventzilla.net
How did this all start?
Over the past few years while doing my demonstrations at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 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. In 2014 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. Starting in 2017, swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger joined me in teaching classes, allowing us to hold more than one class at the same time without taking away from our students experience.