June 28-30, 2018
Faculty: Lucian Avery
In this class you will learn how to forge a Scandinavian style knife blade and make a wooden handle shaped to fit comfortably in your hand. Next, you will sew a rawhide sheath and hone a razor edge. On the third day we will put our knives to work, giving them a real world test by doing some carving. This class will provide a foundation for people who want to go farther into knife making or making other tools. It will also includes skills and knowledge for maintaining tools in general. Steel selection, basic metallurgy, heat treating and sharpening will be covered as well as local wood selection and safe carving grips. This class is best suited for people who have some experience in at least one of these subject areas or for beginners who are up for a challenge.
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Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this course. In order to take full advantage of this course students should have a general understanding of blacksmithing either in practice, readings or videos.
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $425 / Pricing after May 29th: $450 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, travel to and from Lucian’s shop and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Lucian Avery started blacksmithing in 1992, captivated by the idea of making his own tools for gardening, woodworking and eventually tools for blacksmithing. He soon developed a broader interest in smithing and started taking on commissions. Since then, he has forged a wide array of custom pieces, working with designers, builders, and homeowners from across the country. His work has ranged from thumb latches for historic buildings to stair railings, fire tools, and garden gates. Lately he has come to especially enjoy making early American doorlatches and hinges. And,of course, he continues to be fascinated with toolmaking. In this era of high tech, he has chosen to continue emphasizing old-fashioned craftsmanship and handwork. Avery works solely in his studio in Northern Vermont while teaching classes and demonstrating blacksmithing to the public and blacksmith associations across the United States.