Classes Available: Updated 6/30/18
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-July 14-15, 9am-4pm, $287.15/student. Damascus Integral Chef Seminar with Mareko Maumasi: In this seminar class students will have the opportunity to watch Mareko as he develops one of his signature mosaic patterns and forges it into an integral chef knife. This is a hands-off class, with knowledge being the take-away. While there will be no hands-on work, there will be ample opportunity to pick Mareko’s brain about how he develops his damascus patterns and pick up great tricks for forging integral knives. Space for 8 students. !!! 2 Spaces Remain !!!
-July 21-22, 9am-4pm, $382.86/student. Intro to Bladesmithing: Hamon Edition. With Jamie Lundell. In this class students will first forge small “self-handled” utility knives and then finish them during the remainder of the class. Heat treating will be done with clay coatings to create a hamon on the blade, most commonly known from the Japanese katana. The knives will be ground and polished to bring out the hamon, then the handles will be cord-wrapped to make fully functional tools. Leather sheaths may also be made if time permits. Space for 6 students. !!! FULL !!!
-August 24-26, 6pm-9pm Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, $531.75/student. Damascus Seaxes with Jamie Lundell. In this class that is becoming a classic for Jamie, students will be provided a damascus blank, which they will forge out into a traditional seax blade. After heat treating and grinding these blades will be fitted in wood or antler handles. Polishing and etching will bring out the damascus patterns in these awesome, historic utility knives. Space for 6 students. !!! FULL !!!
-August 31, 6pm-9pm, $191.43/couple. Date Night with Roses with Jamie Lundell. In this class the couples will work together to forge, texture, and assemble a steel rose, symbolic of their everlasting love…or symbolic of the only floral arrangement that can beat a burglar senseless! Space for 3 couples. !!! FULL !!!
-September 15, 9am-4pm, $191.43/student. Intro to Bladesmithing with Jamie Lundell. In this class students will forge, heat treat, and grind a small, self-handled utility knife that is perfect for myriad tasks. The forged handles will be wrapped with paracord for a comfortable and durable grip. This is a great class for those just getting into the craft, or those looking for a fairly short class with a focus on utility. Space for 6 students. !!! FULL !!!
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** TWO SPOT LEFT** INTRO TO BLADESMITHING W/ Jamie Lundell
December 13-15, 6-9pm (9 hours), $270+tax/student
Description: The first night will cover forging techniques and all students should end the evening with a quenched knife which will be tempered by Jamie before the next session.
The second night will mostly cover grinding and sharpening techniques, while the third evening will finishing out the knife and leather sheath making if time allows.
DAMASCUS KITCHEN KNIVES W/ Matthew Parkinson
December 1-3, Fri: 6-9pm/Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm (15 hours), $450+tax/student, Material Fee: $40 for damascus bar
Description: This two and a half day course will cover the forging, grinding/sharpening, and finishing of a mahogany-handled, hidden tang kitchen knife. Students will forge from a pre-prepared random damascus bar.
** FULL** INTRO TO BLADESMITHING W/ Matthew Parkinson
January 7th, 9am-4pm (6 hours), $180+tax/student
Description: This full day class will cover forging, heat treating, grinding, sharpening, and basic finishing.
DAMASCUS SEAX W/ Jamie Lundell
January 19-21, Fri: 6-9pm/Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm (15 hours), $450+tax/student, Material Fee: $50 for damascus bar
Description: This two and a half day course will cover the forging, grinding/sharpening, and finishing of a antler-handled damascus seax. Students will forge from a pre-prepared 2 bar twist with high-layer edge bar damascus blank.
MONOSTEEL KITCHEN KNIVES W/ Peter Swarz-Burt
January 27-28, 9am-4pm (12 hours), $360+tax/student
Description: This two day course will cover the forging, grinding/sharpening, and finishing of a mahogany-handled, hidden tang kitchen knife.
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Smith Spotlight: Jamie Lundell
Although we get a fair amount of interest in Viking-era weaponry year round, it seems that Jamie has been making seaxs, swords, and torcs from this era non-stop. You can see his latest project getting fit up with guard, handle, and pommel. The blade is 1075 and 15N20 with a ten bar twist core and 80 layer edges.
Made good progress on the handle today. As long as I don't have any more grinding belts explode on me.
Posted by Jamie Lundell on Thursday, October 19, 2017
This blade is following a recently completed sword and seax combination:
Posted by Jamie Lundell on Monday, October 2, 2017
Dragon’s Breath Forge is probably best know for it’s weapons, but all of our smiths like to branch out and work on everything from tools and ironwork to sculpture and fine jewelry. Jamie is no exception and this recently completed torc is a great example:
Posted by Jamie Lundell on Thursday, October 12, 2017
When discussing various damascus patterns, smiths can use a wide variety of terms, some of which give evoke the look of the resulting pattern, others which detail the process, and others still which are mysterious, by intent or otherwise. Damascus patterns that are named for their appearance might include “wolfs-tooth” and “feather”. Among those named for their process are “jelly roll”, “twist”, and “crushed W’s”. Then there are patterns described by their layer count, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they look like any given thing, but rather that they have been folded and/or restacked to the point where forging and grinding creates a random pattern, with lines that are finer as the layer count grows.
One of the very distinctive patterns that we had been discussing earlier this year was the wolfs-tooth, a pattern of regular (or somewhat regular) triangles built into the pattern that convey a dental detail. If you do a quick internet search, you can see a wide variety of examples, many of which appear on Viking themed blades. Jamie and Peter decided to make a wolfs-tooth pact in the run-up to Blade Show in June, with both smiths agreeing to construct a piece using that pattern to bring to the show. They documented the process on Instagram throughout their builds, under the hashtag #wolfstoothchallenge.
This post will take you through Peter’s project, or as much of it as we remembered to document. He had decided early in the process that a simple row of triangles along a blade wasn’t going to cut it, and he wanted to incorporate the teeth into a more complex pattern. The first step was re-stacking the tooth cut that he made, which created teeth that had other teeth mounted on top of them. Think pine trees, or perhaps a simplified spade. You’ll see that when we look at some of the test etches that happened along the way.
Once the tooth bar was ready, Peter wanted to roll it up in the jelly-roll style, where he turned the bar into a cinnamon-bun looking billet. However, again, he wanted to go with a non-standard approach, so he rolled it from both ends like a mustache rather than a single spiral. The rough billet looked like this:
We put up a video about this on our YouTube channel if you want to check that out here.
The billet looks like it has some pretty serious voids in it at this stage, which is absolutely true. This is going to be forged out into a bar with the mustache as the cross-section, so there will be plenty of heat and hammering to take care of them.
Once the billet was forged into bar form, Peter took a cross-section of it and ground and etched an end to see what things were looking like so far. Now you can see the double-teeth clearly, though some of them have started getting distorted by all the forging. This bar would be stacked back-to-back, to turn the mustache pattern into a bit more of a butterfly.
Once again, simple is never good enough, so Peter set out to make another pattern which he would use to surround the butterflies that he made. This one was called a “squiggle” pattern, for obvious reasons. We will let you speculate on how you think this billet came together.
Now, it was time to assemble all the stock that he had built into a single bar which would be manipulated even more. So we should now expect to see a butterfly-of-double-wolfs-teeth, surrounded by a squiggle, in the resulting stock. You be the judge:
With all the additional manipulations, those big voids in the original mustache have been forged shut. With a sizeable bar of this super-cool cross section in hand, Peter then set out to find additional ways to make this project complex beyond description. But we will try to describe it!
Since this pattern is the cross section of a bar, and he wanted to showcase views of it, Peter decided to do an accordion manipulation next. For the unimaginative, the accordion starts with a measured series of alternating cuts. They were rounded out slightly and then the bar was forced open to display the cross-section many times over the face of the bar. How did that work out, you may be wondering? You can watch the actual process here, but we are also going to spoil it for you.
The forces at work in spreading the cuts in this bar were a bit too much for the pattern-welded material to handle, much to Peter’s frustration. All was not lost, though – he learned something from the failure that can be applied to the next accordion manipulation. Also, there was some material that could be salvaged, and it was sectioned off and forged into a cinquedea, a broad-bladed Italian short sword that enjoyed several decades of fame from the late 15th to early 16th century.
The beauty of this design decision on Peter’s part is that the cinquedea was popular not for its function entirely, but because it was a very large canvas on which swordsmiths could showcase their artistry. Therefore, it seems like a great choice for a bold, weird pattern of such complex manipulation.
Another design choice that Peter made was to tie the fittings to the blade by using more pieces of the same billet. Therefore the pommel and guard also have the crazy pattern, as you can see in the final few pictures.
The cinquedea was complete in time to journey to Blade Show. Getting it in front of a large audience was a rewarding experience, even though it didn’t find a new home before the end of the show. For the time being, you can find this item in our Display Case, aka our Etsy marketplace.
Dragon’s Breath Forge has launched an updated website! Things are still under construction but if you’re reading this then we are having some success.