What previous Students have to say about my Classes...
Various classes are available from beginner level, to advanced, including Damascus, Mosaic Damascus, and Folder classes.  These classes vary with the skill level and experience of each student.    Below you will find listings for different class options along with an explanation of each.  All classes are taught "one-on-one" and only by special request/circumstances will I agree to have more than one student at a time in the shop.  Generally the best thing to do is decide on some dates that work best for you...then email me the dates, I will match them against my calendar, and if no conflicts exist, I will schedule your class dates.
Please ensure you read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS" near the bottom of this page.  Prices will be those that are published at the time an individual books a class. YOU MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO ATTEND MY CLASSES.  There are possible exceptions to this rule, but those will be on a case by case basis.  If you are under 21, and wish to attend a class, contact me for details/requirements.
BASIC BLADESMITHING 1 (3 day duration):
This class will consist of  three days  of "hands on" instruction, and is intended for those who have had little or no experience in Bladesmithing.  This class concentrates on forge work and design, with minor emphasis on finishing.  The focus of this class is the proper FORGING, GRINDING, AND HEAT TREATING of blades . This class is not intended to provide the individual with a finished knife. This class DOES NOT include any instruction/work on guards/handles.  Individuals can expect to finish this class with 1 to 3 finished blades, ready for guards/handles.  
  Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip., lodging arrangements, and meals.  In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes. 
Tuition for the Basic Bladesmithing course is $975.00 per individual, a 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date.
Additional class days beyond the three days will be $325 per day, at the student's discretion, (and my schedule) and will be "pay as you go."  (Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy near the bottom of this page.)
BASIC DAMASCUS/ADVANCED BLADESMITHING:
This five day class is intended for those who have a basic understanding of Bladesmithing/knifemaking, and will cover areas more in depth than the basic course, primarily Damascus steel.  Individuals must have completed the basic class, or demonstrate their ability to forge, prior to beginning.  The objective of this class is learning how to create your own Damascus Steel, and includes the creation of basic Damascus patterns (Random, Twist, Birdseye, with an introduction to composite patterns.
  Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip., lodging and meals. In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes.
Tuition for the Advanced Bladesmithing course is $1,825.00 per individual, and includes a $200 materials fee.  A 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date.
 
(Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy near the bottom of this page.)
MOSAIC DAMASCUS
This 3 day class will focus on Mosaic Damascus.  It will include all the necessary areas to help those who have basic forging experience step into the wonderful world of Mosaic Damascus.  The class will be three days of hands on learning, with the option of additional days at the students discretion.  Due to the large amount of materials this class consumes, the fee will be higher than the basic Bladesmithing three days class. (A one time $200 material fee is included in the class fee)  Students must have either taken the Basic Bladesmithing class, or prove their ability to produce common damascus steel.
  Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip., lodging and meals. In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes. 
Tuition for the Mosaic Damascus course is $1,175.00 per individual, a 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date.  (additional days beyond the basic three may be requested, cost of additional days will be $325.00 per day)
(Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy near the bottom of this page.)
LINER LOCK/FRAME LOCK FOLDERS
     This class will consist of 5 days of "hands on" instruction, and is intended to give the student a understanding of the design, function, and construction of the liner lock folder.  Forging experience is not required, however some knifemaking knowledge is necessary.  Contact me for additional details. Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip., lodging arrangements, and meals.   In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes.  Additional class days beyond the five days will be $325 per day, at the student's discretion, (and my schedule) and will be "pay as you go."  (Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy near the bottom of this page.)
Tuition for the Folder course is $1,625.00 per individual, a 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date.
OTHER OPTIONS:
Many times an individual would like to increase their knowledge and/or skill in either one, or a few specific areas of knifemaking. (general blade forging, heat treating, finishing, handles and guards, etc.)  With this in mind I can tailor classes to your specific needs.  Call or email me about the areas you are interested in, and I can develop an agenda based on your desires/needs.  
If your intent is to come for class days to produce Damascus, a $200 material fee will be added to the class fee.
REQUIREMENTS:
Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip.(leather apron, Safety glasses, Welding gloves, RESPIRATOR (half face cartridge type or better), and leather shoes/work boots), (NO JOGGING/RUNNING SHOES) lodging and meals. In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes. The fee for classes will be $325 PER DAY (8 hour period)  We start at 8 AM local time, and end at 4:00PM local time.  A 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date. If a 50% down payment is not received within 30 days of the classes start date I reserve the right to cancel your dates and give them to another individual.  Any additional days requested will be "pay as you go." (Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy below.)
NOTES:
**If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please let me know as soon as possible.  With shows, students, and seminars, my schedule fills quickly.   Once you schedule a class, I will email you a file with local hotels, rental car info, a local map, and other useful information for planning your trip. YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO QUALIFY FOR ANY OF MY CLASSES.
** I will always do my best to accommodate your wishes for class dates.  However, please keep in mind that I have various commitments on my schedule throughout the year. I do not teach classes on Sundays. That day is set aside for Church and Family


**Additional days may be added to any classes at the students discretion and  depending on my schedule. Additional days will be charged at the rate of $325 per day, payable BEFORE any additional days start.
All classes are conducted One-on-One unless special arrangements are made with me prior to the class dates. If a special exception is made (allowing more than one individual into a class), the class fee will be as described PER INDIVIDUAL.
You must be in reasonably good physical condition in order to successfully navigate these courses.
Bladesmithing requires a degree of exertion.  I am sorry, but the dangers for those who have mobility issues will make these courses difficult or impossible to complete.  Failure to realize that you are not physically capable, will not be grounds for refunds of deposits being granted.  I reserve the right to deny classes to anyone who I  consider not physically or mentally capable of completing the given course(s).
Respirator:
I feel it necessary to make a special note about bringing a cartridge filter type respirator with you.  While working in the shop, you will be exposed to a number of different airborne dusts which are not good for your lungs.  I cannot force you to wear a respirator, but there are operations that I will not teach, nor allow you to perform if you do not bring/use a respirator. (ie: grinding)

Bring along a Camera and Notebook!   During our time together I will be pushing A LOT of information on you.  Taking notes and photos is a good way to help you remember later.
"Back to Back" Classes
** Several individuals have requested to take both the basic and advanced classes back to back.  I generally will not do this.  Prior to taking any of my advanced classes, it is necessary that the student be familiar with the forging process and use of tools to successfully navigate advanced classes.
  The basic class is designed to get an individual STARTED in the art of Bladesmithing, and allow them to develop some skill prior to an advanced class.  Experience has shown me that an individual will need 6 months to a year of hands on Bladesmithing/Knifemaking practice AFTER a Basic Bladesmithing class in order to successfully navigate any of the advanced classes. (ie: anything beyond Basic Bladesmithing 1 or 2)
CANCELLATIONS AND DEPOSIT REFUNDS

If you
cancel, whether I return the deposit or return it in part is at MY DISCRETION. Contact me early if this situation must occur. Should something on my end occur, in the form of an emergency, then I would of course refund the entire deposit. This is my business, and I have set aside everything else in order to give you my full attention for the class duration. By scheduling a class and sending a deposit you are entering into a contract and agreeing to ALL the terms listed on this page.
The below calendar is provided to assist you in scheduling dates for classes.  Dates with "busy" or "dates filled" ARE NOT AVAILABLE. (Choose dates that are empty).    Use the controls to flip forward or backward through the months. Once you choose dates, please email them to me for verification, and I will add the dates to the calendar. 
I do not teach on Sundays.
(406)727-9102
**All prices subject to change without notice.**
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BASIC BLADESMITHING 2 (5 day duration)
  This class will consist of  FIVE days  of "hands on" instruction, and is intended for those who have had little or no experience in Bladesmithing.  This class will take you from the beginning, to a completed knife.  If your goal is to leave with a completed knife, and the knowledge to make your own knives from start to finish, this is the class you want!
 
 
Students will be responsible for their own transportation, safety equip., lodging arrangements, and meals.  In addition, each student will be required to sign a waiver of liability PRIOR to starting classes. 
Tuition for the Basic Bladesmithing course is $1,625.00 per individual. A 50% deposit must be paid 30 days prior to the class start date.
Additional class days beyond the five days will be $325 per day, at the student's discretion, (and my schedule) and will be "pay as you go." 
(Please read the "NOTES" and "CANCELLATION/REFUND policy near the bottom of this page.)








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