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Making an Athame
A traditional tool. ("AH-thuh-may" or "Ah-THAH-may")

We will forge a double-edged (blunted) mild-steel dagger for decorative or ritual use.

Blacksmithing techniques include:
Drawing out to a taper
Flattening on the diagonal
and Twisting

Gift Certificates for Making an Athame are available.

3 hours, one meeting    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
$85 per student
Maximum 8 students, two per forge


Required: A rapid Covid test that day, ideally just before class.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in the summer of '23.

No smithing experience expected or required.
Willingness to actually hit with the hammer will be invaluable.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:
If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
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This class is either:
- not upcoming on our schedule,
- or we've fallen behind in our clerical duties and not entered it in the database.
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