Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

Arts & DIY


Rachelle Dioniso


1/1/19 - 1/15/19, MWF 1pm - 2pm


1830 N Kostner Ave. Building, North Entrance (at 4417 W Cortland) Chicago , IL , 60639

Course Description

Arts & DIY

You've marveled at the makers who can bend metal to their will. Now you'll have a chance to learn the basics of forging and try it for yourself! In this introduction to knife making, Dabblers will learn proper tool use and shop safety, as well as the principles of design and fabrication of the forged blade.  The class format is both lecture and demonstration, however students will be able to get some hands on practice at the end of class. Students will also receive handouts detaling how to register for the full blade forging class where you will forge your own knife or sword at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago. This is a very introductory class and is a perfect way to learn if you feel comfortable with and/or enjoy the physical requirements of forging.  Please note, that no final product will be made or taken home in this class.

Wear closed shoes and long pants and try to avoid wearing any flammable synthetic fibers. I will provide safety glasses and leather gloves, but if you have your own pair of either that you prefer feel free to bring those.

-No forging experience is required, -Minimum age is 13 with parent supervision,

I'll provide re-bar for forging, tools to forge with and fuel for the forge. I will also provide safety equipment.


John Lansing on 4/6/2018

This course was amazing. I learned so much and had a wonderful time. The instructor took the time to make sure everyone in the course understood what was going on and was always avilable for questions. I will definitely be taking this course again.

Alice Harris on 4/2/2018

I had a blast and the instructor was great. Can't wait to do another course soon. Great job everyone.

David Brown on 8/4/2018

Would definitely do this again. Such an amazing experience. Great people in class and I learned so much. Thanks.


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