Chopping fresh herbs: it’s the best part of making a salad. Learn how to make your very own herb-chopper in this one-day course which will focus on the forging of blades. Students will forge, heat treat and linish their own herb-chopping knife, and will leave with techniques to forge ahead with creative blade-forming projects of their own.
During this course, students will gain insight into working with hardening steels and the considerations required to forge and heat-treat carbon steel blades.
The day begins with an introduction to the forging process – breaking down and drawing stock efficiently, and forming the handle and bevels. We then use a bench grinder to correct the bevels, before heat-treating the blades to ensure the steel becomes hard-wearing. In the afternoon, hand-finishing techniques are used to finalise the work.
Students will get a full toolbox of techniques which will aid anyone looking to begin blade-smithing.
Students will make
A herb chopper
Students will learn
Basic forging of blade and handle
Grinding, hand-finishing and edge sharpening
All safety gear including leather blacksmith aprons, eye, ear and hand protection (but feel free to bring your own if you prefer)
Appropriate for beginners
This course is open to students of all skill levels and does not require any prior experience. Ages 15 and up.
What to bring
Lunch, bottle of water and snacks
What to wear
Clothing appropriate for a workshop – long pants and sleeves (preferably natural fibre), solid shoes/boots.