FARMINGTON — Bladesmith Adriaan Gerber of Ellsworth will teach a one-day workshop on how to forge knives from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Farmington Fairgrounds forge.

Workshop is sponsored by the Western Maine Blacksmith Association.

Gerber will emphasize basic blacksmith forging skills as they relate to knife-making. Each student will be able to craft a knife from high-carbon steel in this hands-on workshop.

Gerber is known for his elegant knives, axes and other edge tools that show elegant craftsmanship.

“All my work is custom made from raw materials, ensuring a level of craftsmanship that only truly handmade articles can have,” said Gerber. “Each knife is a singularity in a world of copies, each reflecting countless hours of careful work and attention to detail.”

Gerber has taught bladesmithing in a number of venues besides his own forge. His classes have been featured at the Maine Primitive Gathering in Wells, the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta and 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield.

Students will have a chance to learn fundamental knife-forging techniques, heat treating and tempering. High-carbon steel for blades will be provided. Students should bring safety glasses and leather gloves, but blacksmithing tools will be available for use.

Space is limited to six students. Cost is $75 per student. Scholarships are available to WMBA members.

To register: 207-491-1465, [email protected]


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