Learn to create your own blade at the Carrie Blast Furnaces!
This three-day workshop features extended shop time and instruction focusing on the forging techniques needed to produce sharp-edged tools of high-carbon steel. Participants will learn the fundamental skills required to forge a blacksmithing knife with scroll handle from a single piece of steel. These sessions are led by Rivers of Steel staff artist and bladesmith Jared Ondovchik (aka Artifact Metalworks).
The Bladesmithing 1 workshop is offered on May 8 – 10, July 17 – 19, September 18 – 20, and October 23 – 25, 2023. Winter sessions are offered on January 9 – 11 and February 20 – 22, 2024. All workshops are from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. daily.
*Workshops are limited to 8 participants. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available for walk-ups.
"I had no forging experience before this class, but walked away with a beautiful knife that I used while camping the very next day. I successfully forged a blade, and this class showed that with affordable equipment and practice, that I could successfully forge blades on my own. The instructor was knowledgeable and highly skilled, the equipment exceeded my needs, and the class size permitted excellent attention from the instructor when needed. Overall, I recommend this class for anyone interested in forging a blade but with no experience. " —Bill Morrison, Bladesmithing 1 workshop attendee
The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in the communities of Swissvale and Rankin in the Monongahela River Valley.
The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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