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The Hand-Forged Ax or Hatchet - 2-day class

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Class Tuition: $220. A minimum $110 deposit is required to RSVP for this class.

*To deal with the summer heat, we will have the course in a shaded area with fans.  We also have a swimming pool for students to cool off in and will provide cold drinks throughout the class.  Lunches are included for both days and students are welcomed to camp over if they like.  Classes will run 8 am until about 3 or 4 pm on both days.


One of the most versatile and indispensable tools, a hand-forged ax or hatchet can last for years and be used for countless tasks, everywhere from camping to survival to a homestead tool.

In this 2-day workshop, students can explore different designs and approaches to creating their own custom-forged hatchet or ax.


Pre-Requisites: none.

Elective Class Status: This course counts as one elective class for the Urban program. Students who want to advance to UCL2 must have 2 elective courses completed.

This class is open to the first 8 signups who pay in full.  The tuition is refundable if the class is canceled only.  If you want to hold your RSVP, make sure you pay ASAP.  Make sure you are aware of the cancellation policy before signing up.


About the Class:

This 2-day class is designed to serve as a basic, hands-on introduction to making your own hand-forged ax or hatchet.  This will be a fairly active class, with strong emphasis on student participation, and will involve a healthy amount of heat, noise, sweat, and physical exertion.

This isn't just a knife-making class. The focus will be on hand-forging either an ax or a hatchet from scratch. You're not just grinding a pattern out and then heat-treating it.   Not that there's anything wrong with that kind of knife-making, but learning to actually blacksmith gives you an entirely different skill set and a huge range of options in working with scrap metals (as in a post-disaster or post-apocalyptic situation) that you can't reach by simply grinding out a blade pattern.



Class dates: June 21/22nd, exact class times to be confirmed shortly. (see above)

Cold drinks and a light lunch will be provided on Saturday/Sunday.

Class Tuition: $220. A $110 deposit is required to RSVP for this class.

Tuition must be paid before the class begins to hold your spot.  Priority is given to students who have paid their tuition in full.  Cancellation policy.



About the Instructor:  James Brock. Following an interest in traditional Scandinavian knifemaking, James began making knives by stock removal in early 2001.  In 2009, prompted by the desire to make damascus steel, he acquired a small gas furnace and began making hand-forged blades,  eventually learning to make damascus from ABS Master Smith Harvey Dean in February 2011. James' passion as a bladesmith centers around salvaging old, worn, or otherwise discarded pieces of high carbon steel (i.e. automobile leaf and coil springs, bearing races, worn out saw blades and files, broken plowshares, etc...) and giving them new life on the anvil. He specializes in Scandinavian-style bushcraft knives, EDC's, and hunters. Examples of his work are available online at - as well as below. James will be doing a series of blacksmithing and blademaking courses for The Human Path that center around using reclaimed, recycled and found materials in novel ways.




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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: Cancellations that are less than 7 days before the start of the class result in a non-refunded deposit. Cancellations with 24 hours or less notice will lose the full tuition paid.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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