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The Blacksmith’s Blades: Introduction into Knife-Making — 16th & 17th Dec 2023

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Learn the fundamentals of knife-making with Pete Mattila.

At this intensive weekend course students will forge and heat-treat a series of small blades.

Working over the anvil, learn hand skills via hammer and tongs.

This course covers basic blacksmithing techniques specific to knife-making along with explanations of simple metallurgy.

It takes place at the picturesque waterfront slip yards of Battery Point in Hobart, Tasmania.

Each class allows only four students per session. This ensures quality in teaching and safe working practice.

Classes will be held in the front shed at Mattila Studio over the weekend of 16th & 17th December 2023, from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

Responsibility to teach and share with others in my community and abroad is a part of my arts and trade practice. This fits in with the ethos of self-empowerment through skills. Mattila Studio is a safe space where creativity thrives and ideas are realized.


Students are to provide their PPE (safety gear) including:

  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Work boots – steel-toe-capped
  • Leather gloves
  • Cotton clothes – nothing synthetic

Please also bring a water bottle with you.

Students must be in a fit working condition. If you have any health-related issues that could inhibit your ability to work, please discuss with Pete before proceeding with the order.


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