Bladesmithing: Forge a Blacksmith's Knife

Metal Fabrication

Bladesmithing: Forge a Blacksmith's Knife

Learn the basics of hammering, heat treatment, and shaping a blade at the forge.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 6/22/2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 6/22/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite, Off-Site

Offsite: Yori Seeger's Blacksmith Shop, 20224 Pond View Lane, Poulsbo, WA 98310



Make something you can use with this beginning bladesmithing course that covers the basics of the trade. You'll learn proper hammering and filing techniques, along with heat treatment ideas. 

Introductory classes are for everyone. Whether you have never stood near a blazing forge or you're a bit seasoned, these classes have something to offer regardless of your experience. Beginning classes are designed to teach very specific blacksmithing safety and techniques, while familiarizing students with forging equipment. Introductory classes focus on hammering skills, while you learn to draw, taper, and upset (a more advanced technique that makes metal thicker, shorter, and narrower) your projects. You make your own version of the project.

Blacksmithing is simple but it is not easy. Come and enjoy a day at the forge but do be careful, this ancient art is very addictive!


A $30 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you'll need.

Class Policies

  • This class is held in an open-air workshop, so dress accordingly.
  • Wear natural fiber clothing only (no synthetics that could melt on your skin).
  • Wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Sandals are not permitted.
  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Yori Seeger

Yori is a sculptor and a blacksmith who trained in Florence, Italy, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. He cofounded an art school called Visual Philosophy where he created and taught the curriculum for both blacksmithing and sculpting programs. He has worked in sculpture studios, foundries, and blacksmith shops for 20-plus years. He specializes in large-scale, figurative sculpture; ornamental ironwork; and forging woodworking tools. He' also very passionate about teaching these trades and traditions. View Yori's work at

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