The knife is one of the oldest human tools, and a simple blade is capable of great expression which cannot beachieved by any other means. In the Scandinavian tradition, carving knives have become highly functional works of art.
In this class we will use wood, metal, leather, and other materials to design a matching knife and sheath. We will discuss blade choice, materials, function and design. Each knife will be made to fit the maker’s hand, and will reflect their personal aesthetic. Blades, leather, and other materials will be provided.
This class is designed for woodworkers at all levels.
Introduction to the shop
Design considerations for woodworking knives
Choose a blade
Draw handle & sheath
Discussion of materials
Make a handle template
Choose handle material & lay out parts
Fit bolster to blade
Cut, drill & fit handle parts
Fit sheath to blade
Carving handle & sheath (rasp & sandpaper work)
Finishing (tung oil)
Fit leather to sheath
Make a belt hanger
Dye trimmed edges
Apply final coat of oil to handle
Different ways to carve with your knife
Carve a spatula or clothing hook
Students will be required to provide the following tools. Please bring:
8" Cabinet rasp with handle
Lee Valley #62W06.01
10" bastard rasp with handle
Lee Valley #62W25.10
Lee Valley #23K19.03
Stanley Sweetheart is a good chisel and is the most readily available in this size
Lee Valley #23K19.10
Lee Valley #23K19.18
Lee Valley #88N72.01
Digital calipers are pretty nice, but other accurate/legible calipers are fine.
Every rasp must have a handle - no exceptions
Note: You do not need prior metalworking experience to take this course.
Class Information and Registration
Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
This class takes place in Building 306 at Fort Worden - not the School Building. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.
Class size: 10
Cost: $ 675
Materials Charge: $ 90
When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.