Forged Belt Axe

with

Nicholas Downing

Course runs: September 9-11

Tuition: $425

Material fee: $40

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up

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 If you enjoy the great outdoors, if you have a wood stove, a fire pit, or maybe you just do yard work from time to time, you know the value of a stout hatchet or belt axe.  Come learn to make your own beautiful functional tool using the tride and true wrap and weld method. Students will find it helpful to have some forge welding background, we will be working with mild and high carbon steel. 

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Nicholas K. Downing has been forging iron in some capacity for over 17 years. He first tried blacksmithing in a middle school industrial arts class and he has been accumulating equipment and knowledge ever since.  He’s taught courses at the New England School of Metalwork, Snow Farm, Adirondack Folk School, and the Maine College of Art, among others. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he studied Sculpture and Art History, and he’s studied at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Maine College of Art, and the New England School of Metalwork. He works full-time as a blacksmith, teaches and demonstrates in and around New England, and enjoys the outdoors with his partner, Jennifer.

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Another fun and safe Youth Day! Thanks to @timfpotier, @bredaknives, @herbkettell for their instruction and hard work! Great job! #youthday2020 #toilyouth #blisters #funAnother great beginner blacksmithing class! #beginner #firststeps #handmade #nesmA few spaces left in these fun workshops! #blacksmitheducation #workshop #art #craftChef knives! #forged #handmade #buildityourself #bladesmitheducationJoin the NESM Team! #welding #skilledtrade #maineThis is such a fun event! #youthday2020 #masterbladesmith #educationDo you need a starter set of tools ? Do you have some solid beginner skills and want to put them to work ? Some space left in the March Blacksmith Tools course, leave with these !! #blacksmithingtools #forgeyourown #blacksmithing #education #blacksmithingclass #forgedinreality #madeinmaine @dereckglaser @nickrossiknivesNew Video is up! Forge welded, hollow handled survival skinner. Link in sig.
#nesm #blacksmitheducation #forgingfun #alwaysforgingaheadA really fun project for our Intermediate students. Making a 1/4” square, sheet and a cube all out of 3” of 1/2” square. #blacksmith #fundamentals #heatbeatrepeat