1 Day Axe Making Course - 26th July 2024

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This day course will introduce you to the basics of blacksmithing and hand forge work with Jacek Robótka of Jorgen Craft. This is one day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a small axe head by the forge welded “bow tie” method of construction where a steel edge is forge welded into a softer iron body and then folded around on itself to form an eye.

Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging. We will forge the axe head body and form high carbon steel insert, we then forge weld all together. You will then shape the edge and axe eye. You will then heat treat your axe head in 3 processes (normalising, hardening and tempering). You will then clean up the axe head on a grinder so that they are ready for you fit to a pre made shaft and then finally sharpen and strop to a razor’s edge.


No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:


  • Forge safety
  • Using a gas forge hammer and anvil
  • Forming and forge welding a bowtie construction axe
  • Profile grinding the axe
  • Heat treating, normalising hardening and tempering
  • Blade finishing sharpening and edge testing
  • Fitting handle


The course is open to all aged 18+ who can swing a hammer...(or younger accompanied by a parent), please get in touch with any specific requirements.


At the end of the day you will go home with a fully finished and sharp axe that you have made yourself, perfect for outdoor, survival, bushcraft or reenactment activities.


This is a perfect introduction to the craft of the Bladesmith.

Location: Leeds

The course day runs from 9am - 5pm.

Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather). No shell suits, fleeces or synthetic flammable materials (cotton and wool are perfect).

Electronic gift certificates available on request.

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