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Blacksmithing: Hand Axe & Handle – FULL

April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


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Time:  8 am to 4 pm each day
Materials/studio fee:  $20 payable during registration
Meals:  Lunch featuring our farm grown food is included
Instructor: Lucian Avery
Workshop Size:  This workshop can accommodate up to 4 students and needs a minimum of 3 to be held.


In this three-day workshop students will make a small hand ax that can be used at home in the woodshed or taken on a camping trip.   


The first two days will be spent forging a small ax head out of salvaged steel. After completing the basic shape, the axe head will be heat-treated and sharpened.  On the third day students will move on to some woodworking skills using hand tools to carve a handle and hang it securely to the axe head. 


Students will then be able to try out the blade on a small woodworking project.

If time permits, students will make a protective sheath out of rawhide.


Along the way there will be discussion on ax design and history, metallurgy, heat treating, and how to use an ax safely and effectively. 


Experience with a coal-fired forge and basic forging techniques will be helpful. Beginning blacksmiths are welcome, but be prepared to be challenged.



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April 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am
April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
(603) 435-7314