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Knife Blacksmithing Weekend

Knife Blacksmithing Weekend


Course Location: Oxford

Course Time: 13:00 Friday - 12:00 Sunday

Course Duration: 3 Days

Course size: 10

Course Age Range: +18

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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Knife Blacksmithing Weekend

Come and make your very own hand-made knife using traditional methods in our woodland setting.

We aim to provide you with a hands on and enriching experience from which you will go away with your very own personal hand-made knife, the tool which personifies bushcraft and allows life in the bush to be possible, by enabling a broad range of projects and crafts to be achieved.

The course will start at 13:00 to allow for progress to be made in the afternoon before the light begins to fade. The focus of the afternoon will be on setting up your forge, which will be worked in pairs, so that all the tools and equipment needed will be close to hand and ready for use. With practice on the bellows the forge will begin to heat and once it is up to temperature the stock material will be introduced, ready for the process to begin.

We draw to a close as the evening begins with customers given time to set themselves up for the night and get some dinner sorted. Following dinner there will be a short discussion on the process of smithing metal and what chemical and physical changes are happening as we transform the stock into tools.

We aim to make a good start on the Saturday morning in order to fully utilise the day to finish the vast bulk of the blade production. This will involve the continuation of drawing out the tang and blade from the stock before we move onto the profiling work and reduction to achieve the desired features. 

During the second half of the afternoon we will move on to the hardening and tempering process which will enable your new tool to perform well under tough conditions.

The Sunday will be predominately put aside to handling and finishing of the knives ready for a 12 noon finish where you will be leaving with your new prized procession ready for all those future trips to the woods. 


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  • Oxfordshire


    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.

    Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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