Blacksmithing - making a cheese knife

Course summary

Join this adult workshop to learn the craft of blacksmithing (for ages 10+)!

In this workshop, you will lean how to turn an 8 mm round piece of mild steel bar into a functional cheese knife by making a decorative end, bending the bar to form a handle, then forging a blade which will then be sharpened using hand-powered grinders and sharpening stones.
The ‘finishing’ is done with bees wax!

This workshop is both engaging and calming, the perfect activity to unplug and get creative.

All materials are provided including first aid kit and safety gloves.

What you will learn

  • blacksmithing is simple but not easy!
  • how to make a cheese knife

What you will get

  • a meditative blacksmithing experience
  • a cheese knife

What you need to bring

  • wear non-flammable long sleeve shirt and long pants and closed in shoes
  • tie your hair back
  • water bottle

About the tutor

Rob Nansen (Jesses Stump Blacksmithing and Bush Furniture) is a Melbourne based artisan who works with iron and wood using traditional hand tools and techniques. Along with creating original pieces, Rob facilitates beginner workshops so others can also experience these slow and meditative crafts.

Course cost

COST: $130.00

Class availability: 10 PLACES REMAINING

Course dates

Saturday 3 December
1.00pm  – 4.00pm (1 session)

Book this course

To enrol in this course, fill out the form below. Remember to add the details of any other students who are part of your booking.

Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to go ahead. For this reason, we encourage students to book at least 5 days prior to the course/workshop. In the unlikely event that we don't get enough enrolments, we may need to postpone to a later date or cancel the course/workshop. You will be advised via email or text prior to the class commencing.


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