Art Class: Knifesmithing 101: Forge a Survival Knife

Dive into the realm of knifesmithing as you forge your distinctive blade in this captivating workshop. Craft your personalized knife from a humble piece of rebar, employing the alchemy of heat, hammers, and a grinder. No prior experience required – beginners are welcome. In the heart of Gowanus, this immersive experience guides you through transforming raw steel, heating it to a fiery red, and meticulously shaping its profile with hammer and anvil. Refine the form and bevel using a grinder, then steel yourself for the captivating moment of quenching in oil to harden the blade. Amidst the process, relish a break to explore local eateries or the canal. Return to wrap the handle, hone the edge, and emerge with a unique testament of craftsmanship and pride, along with tales of forging fire and artistry.

  • Minimum Guests 1
  • Maximum Guests 8
  • Event Duration 4 hours

Outside Reviews for Instructor Chris and Team

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14 Jun 2023

This place is a true NYC gem! Sometimes you just need to make things and this is a perfect outlet. Very laid back, friendly vibe. I was lucky enough to get a four-hour private stained glass lesson with Kelsie McNair, and while I have a lot to practice and plenty more to learn, I feel equipped enough to practice on my own. Soup to nuts, we went from design idea, to material selection and through all key steps of the process to make a window hanger. As a novice, I'm surprised I walked away with anything respectable but I did! All the while, Kelsie, the instructor and Chris the manager were good natured and supportive. They are people you'd happily hang out with and made it very easy to learn from. Today far exceeded expectations and increased my interest in the craft. This session was a gift and I would recommend it for others.

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Event location: 117 11th Street (between 3rd and 2nd Ave), Brooklyn, NY, 11215


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Instructor Chris and his talented team of artists run a beloved Brooklyn DIY workshop where they lead fun-filled maker experiences. They help everyday people transform into woodworkers, welders, jewelry makers, leather crafters, knife forgers, and stained glass artisans in just one workshop. Learn a new skill and make something functional and forever rewarding!

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