We will cover :
- Choosing steels that will give good pattern
- Making up a billet (stacked layers of alternating types of steel forge welded together)
- Use of flux
- Welding by hand and using a fly press as well as the power hammer
- Pattern manipulation by twisting and surface manipulations (grinding or forging into the bar to expose layers)
- Etching to reveal the pattern
Damascus steel is my passion and I am very happy to be offering this course as it is one of those things that is much easier to do when someone who knows how to do it, shows you.
We will use different steels to observe the effects of manganese, nickel, chrome and carbon on the pattern and etching in ferric chloride. I do not believe in welding up scrap when teaching people Damascus. During this course we do not make finished knivesWe make damascus billets (damascus material). If you wish to make a knife from your damascus, the 3 Day Bladesmithing Class would be a perfect class to forge your damascus billets into finished blades.
The course will be held from Friday & Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10 am to 4pm.
Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather).
No shell suits or fleeces !
The cost of this course is £650
DATES FOR 2017
March 3rd – 5th 2017….Class Full
October 20th – 22nd 2017…..spaces available
To secure a place on this course please send a 50% deposit of £325
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I normally schedule my classes 6 months ahead so if you are interested in this class later on in the year please enquire as I most probably have future dates that are not yet on the website.
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