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Blacksmithing: Hand Ax

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 4:00 pm


In this three-day workshop, students will make a one-pound hand ax that can be used at home, in the woodshed, or on all of your outdoor adventures. The first two days will be spent forging the ax head out of salvaged steel. After completing the basic shape, it will be heat-treated and sharpened. On the third day, students will use hand tools to hang the handle, carving and securing it to the axe head. Students will then be able to try their ax out on a small woodworking project. If time permits, students will make a protective sheath out of rawhide. Along the way there will be discussions on ax design, basic metallurgy and heat treating, as well as how to use an ax safely and effectively. Experience with a coal-fired forge and basic forging techniques will be helpful, but beginners who are up for a challenge are also welcome.

Workshop Details

Instructor: Lucian Avery

Length: 3 Days

Skill Level: All

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Cost: $400.00

Material Cost: $20.00 at time of registration

Registration for all courses will open in April 2021.


Please read our COVID-19 Protocols prior to registering. 


June 11 @ 8:00 am
June 13 @ 4:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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