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Intro to Damascus Steel
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $40.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7202 May 27 & 28 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this class students will learn to make “Damascus” (pattern welded steel). This beautiful and historic material can be used to make knives, tools or decorative objects. Starting with bars of two different kinds of high carbon steel, students will forge weld them into billets, fold and draw out the steel – repeating this until the desired layer count is achieved. Basic patterning will be covered, including twists, ladder patterns etc. Each student can expect to leave the class with at least enough patterned steel to make two knives, and the knowledge to make more. The class will make use of our newly installed power hammer and hydraulic press. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $40.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7201 April 22 & 23 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson

MK7103 Mar 25 & 26 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK7102 Feb 11 & 12 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Antler Handled Hunting Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $35.00
Intermediate
Matthew Parkinson
MK7101 Jan 28 & 29 2017 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Students can expect to forge and finish one knife. Topics covered will be working with high carbon steels, knife design, forging a blade to shape, grinding , finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard, and attaching a handle. This class will build on the introductory class, with the addition of making, fitting and attaching of handle parts. Some forging experience is required. Ages 16 and older A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6403 Dec 10 & 11 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Intro Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson CLASS FULL

MK6402 Nov 26 & 27 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00 CLASS FULL
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6401 Oct 15 & 16 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Chasing and Repousse
Tuition $260.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $50.00
All Levels
Michael Coffey

MB6205 July 9 & 10 2016 (10am-5pm) Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio)

Repoussé is a technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped byhammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief.There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
During this class, students will learn the technique of creating a wide variety of shapes & patterns by manipulating sheet metal mounted in a pitch bowl. The weekend will cover all aspects of the process, including: selecting and/or making tools, material selection, do's and don'ts with particular materials, hammer control, heat and pitch management, and more. Students will begin the class with a discussion of the concepts of the technique, then they will make a set of small tools which will be their own. Once the tool set is ready, everyone will begin working on a design to work into the metal. Students can expect to leave this class with the tools necessary to continue to work at home or their own studio, as well as at least one finished piece.Ages 16 and up, a materials fee of $50 will be added to the tuition.
Intro Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6202 Jun 25 & 26 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge) Class FULL!
In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6201 Apr 16 & 17 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $30.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK6103 Mar 5 & 6 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 16 and older. A materials fee of $30.00 will be added to the tuition.
Antler Handled Hunting Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $35.00
Intermediate
Matthew Parkinson
MK6102 Feb 13 & 14 2016 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

Students can expect to forge and finish one knife. Topics covered will be working with high carbon steels, knife design, forging a blade to shape, grinding , finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard, and attaching a handle. This class will build on the introductory class, with the addition of making, fitting and attaching of handle parts. Some forging experience is required. Ages 16 and older A materials fee of $35.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5401 Dec 12 & 13 2015 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge) CLASS FULL: contact registrar@brookfieldcraft.org to be placed on waiting list
In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition. A materials fee of $25.00 will be added to the tuition.
Kitchen Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5301 July 18 & 19 2015 (10am-5:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Kitchen Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5104 May 30 & 31 2015 (9am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Seats still available!

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Introduction to Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5201 May 9 & 10 2015 (9am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Only one seat available!

In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $20 is added to the tuition.
Kitchen Knife
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $25.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5103 Feb 7, 8 2015 (9am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Only 1 spot left!

In this two day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing with be covered from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally sharpening. Ages 15 and older, a materials fee of $25 is added to the tuition.
Introduction to Bladesmithing
Tuition $280.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $20.00
Beginner
Matthew Parkinson
MK5101 Jan 10, 11 2015 (9am-4:30pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
Registration will close one week prior to the date of the first class. Register early to reserve your space!

In this two day class students will make a full tang cord wrapped handle knife. Students can expect to leave with a finished sharp knife and will learn all of the basics of bladesmithing. Starting with forging the blade to shape then grinding, heat treating, polishing and sharpening. A materials fee of $20 is added to the tuition.
The Blacksmith’s Blade
Tuition $290.00
Registration closed, class is full

Intermediate
Chris Doherty
MB4402 Nov 15 and 16, 2014 (10:00 am - 4:30 pm) Saturday/Sunday (Forge)
CLASS FULL !! Registration closed; call to be placed on the waiting list. 203-775-4526

In this two day class each student will finish one or more self handled “Blacksmith’s” knives. The knives consist of a forged single edged blade and a skeleton handle that is forged out and bent around to form a useful grip. The knives will be made from a simple high carbon tool steel (1084) forged out, rough ground, heat treated and then finish ground and sharpened. A few hours of blacksmithing experience required. We will cover basic heat treating theory. Ages 18 and up (16 with parental approval).
Bladesmithing 101 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Bladesmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
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Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner
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Matthew Parkinson

MB2313 October 19 & 20, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

In this weekend workshop, students will explore the fundamentals of bladesmithing—discovering along the way, how the process differs from blacksmithing. Topics covered will include forging high carbon and tool steels, basic heat treating, forging blade shapes, grinding, polishing and sharpening. Students can expect to complete the making of one self-handled knife. A studio/materials fee of $45 is due at time of registration. Under age 18, please call for details.
Bladesmithing 103 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Bladesmithing 103
Tuition $240.00
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Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB3113 September 28 & 29, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

In this two day workshop, students will build on the fundamentals learned in the earlier classes by working with more complex blade shapes. Students will forge, grind and finish a dagger blade from 1064 high carbon steel. Students will then make and fit a guard and grip, and assemble the finished dagger. Subjects covered will include forging of double edged blades, grinding of double edged blades, heat treating,fitting or guards, shaping, and fitting wooden handles,sharpening of daggers and blade assembly methods.. A studio/materials fee of $45 is due at time of registration. Under age 18, please call for details.

Bladesmithing 102 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Bladesmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
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Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB2113 September 7 & 8 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

Students can expect to forge and finish one knife. Topics covered will be working with high carbon steels, knife design, forging a blade to shape, grinding , finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard, and attaching a handle. This class will build on the introductory class, with the addition of making, fitting and attaching of handle parts. Some forging experience is required. A studio/materials fee of $55 is due at time of registration. Teens are welcome, but please call prior to registration for details.

Bladesmithing 101 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Bladesmithing 101
Tuition $240.00
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Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB2013 August 3 & 4, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

In this weekend workshop, students will explore the fundamentals of bladesmithing—discovering along the way, how the process differs from blacksmithing. Topics covered will include forging high carbon and tool steels, basic heat treating, forging blade shapes, grinding, polishing and sharpening. Students can expect to complete the making of one self-handled knife. A studio/materials fee of $45 is due at time of registration. Under age 18, please call for details.
Bladesmithing 102 w/ Matthew Parkinson
Bladesmithing 102
Tuition $240.00
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Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB1613 Jul 20-21, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

Students can expect to forge and finish one knife. Topics covered will be working with high carbon steels, knife design, forging a blade to shape, grinding , finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard, and attaching a handle. This class will build on the introductory class, with the addition of making, fitting and attaching of handle parts. Some forging experience is required. A studio/materials fee of $55 is due at time of registration. Teens are welcome, but please call prior to registration for details.

Bladesmithing
Introduction to Bladesmithing
Tuition $240.00

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Beginner, Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Unsure if this class is appropriate for your skill level? Contact us and find out.

Matthew Parkinson

MB1711 Nov 5-6, 2011 (10am - 5pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

In this weekend workshop, students will explore the fundamentals of bladesmithing—discovering along the way, how the process differs from blacksmithing. Topics covered will include forging high carbon and tool steels, basic heat treating, forging blade shapes, grinding, polishing and sharpening. Students can expect to complete the making of one knife. A studio/materials fee of $40 is due at time of registration. Under age 18, please call for details.
Bladesmithing
Introduction to Bladesmithing
Tuition $240.00

REGISTRATION CLOSED


All Levels
Matthew Parkinson
MB0311 March 26 - 27 (10am - 4pm) Saturday/Sunday (The Good Forge)

In this weekend workshop, students will explore the fundamentals of bladesmithing—discovering along the way, how the process differs from blacksmithing. Topics covered will include forging high carbon and tool steels, basic heat treating, forging blade shapes, grinding, polishing and sharpening. Students can expect to complete the making of one knife. A materials fee of $35 will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of class. Under age 18, please call for details.
 
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