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Make your own Knife with Dennis Berdinner

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Class Name: Make your own Utility Knife

Class Dates: 25 - 26 September, 2 October 2021

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm - with one hour lunch break

Tutor: Dennis Berdinner

An experienced and skillful sculptor, Dennis has been passing on his knife-making skills to hundreds of many people for over 17 years. "I'm always amazed at how quickly they have been able to work with a design they have drawn up and then transformed a piece of car spring into a purpose-made tool. Their delight with their handiwork is a thing of beauty too!"

Class Size:  8 (max number of students)

Fee: $540

Class Description

Ever wanted to make your own knife? In this three-day class over two weekends, learn how to develop a design then forge and grind a piece of spring steel into a wonderful utility knife perfect for slicing, dicing and chopping.

  • In this class you will - Design your own knife - simple forms are highly recommended to ensure completion within the limited time frame.
  • Forge, normalise, form, surface finish, harden, temper your blade.
  • Make and attach a handle.

For background references see Dennis' Pinterest board

Note - Suitable for all levels. Minimum age is 13, though if under 16 you will need to be accompanied by a supervising caregiver or parent.

What materials will be needed? 

Overalls are great if you have them. Otherwise cotton or wool clothing for protection from hot items. Leather boots are a must, leather gloves are optional. No acrylic clothing/footwear please – melts very easily if touched by hot metal and can leave a nasty burn. Dust masks are recommended.

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 This class is part of The Learning Connexion's Spring Connexion programme