In this 5 day class students will explore the techniques and materials used in making production trade tools of the late 17th and early 18th century. These simple tools, a fire striker, an axe and a knife are all that was necessary for basic survival. Beginning with wrought iron and a small amount of steel, students will build a fire striker with a wrought iron body and an inserted steel striking surface. Using this same technique, a typical trade pattern knife will be made. Finally students will forge weld a small camp axe with an inserted steel edge. (sometimes known as a tomahawk) These three items helped to ensure the survival of many trappers and explorers in the early days of our country. This 5-day class meets on June 26-June 30.
Tuition $575. Member Tuition $460. Materials Fee $100.
NOTE: Hard shoes and long pants are required for student safety.