School of Bladesmithing and Swordsmithing

Courses and Dates

Welcome to the Bushfire Forge School of Smithing.

I run classes in Bladesmithing (knifemaking), Swordsmithing , Axe Making and Pattern Welding (Damascus Steel) . I am happy to teach  beginners and more experienced smiths. The school, which opened in January 2008 is fully equipped for between 4 and 10 students (dependant on class), providing quality teaching as well as one-to-one tuition.

I have always been passionate about the hot forging of metal. It is an amazing thing that a material so hard can be formed so exactly and artistically. The ability to forge steel has been fundamental in mans development.

The courses concentrate on hand work with a lot of time spent with a hammer over the anvil. I am not however, adverse to the use of modern methods and tools where appropriate. I have made sure that there are both coke forges and gas forges, so as to give the opportunity of trying both.

I approach the subject of Bladesmithing and Knife-making in a very contemporary manner and intend to add a current perspective to creating man’s oldest tool. The courses are run using appropriate carbon steels (no using up of old files here!). There is a grinding room for the grinding of blades as well as up to date heat-treating facilities.

Most courses will run as 3 day weekend courses as well as week-long courses.

We also hold special Master Classes with guest teachers.

I teach bladesmithing (knife making) and Damascus as one to one tuition and can make up a tailored course for your group if you have more than one person who is interested in a tailor made class. P.O.A.


GIFT VOUCHERS ALSO AVAILABLE  –  please contact Owen here.


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