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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:28

Interested inbladesmithing, Viking shields?

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A six-course “Start to Finish” bladesmithing class with Brock Martin from WarFire Forge will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

In this course, students will learn the process of forging blades, producing a basic blade before forging a higher carbon blade with more attention on fit and finish. Students will be able to select their handles from various exotic woods and other materials. They will cover metallurgy: grain properties, annealing, heat treating of knives, and use differential hardening to temper our blades. Leather sheaths will be made to accompany students' blades. No prior experience necessary.

Cost is $295 per person, which includes materials, due at registration.

Martin will also be holding a “Viking Round Shield Class” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26-27 at the JCGEP.

In this course, students will focus on forging a shield boss (raised center) and assembly/construction methods of creating a Viking round shield. Students will have a few different options on how their shield is assembled and finished. Riveting and some leather work will be discussed as well. Students will be able to choose between different sizes, ranging from 26” to 34” in diameter. No prior experience required.

Cost is $285 per person, which includes materials, due at registration.

For both classes, students must wear closed toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants, and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch. Pre-registration is required.

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