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Letter Openers

Nothing beats a wrought-iron letter-opener as an elegant way to open your correspondence. You might even find yourself opening your junk mail, just for the fun of it!

In this class we will use the tools of the blacksmith to make one or more letter openers. We will use many of the techniques used by knifesmiths and forge a piece of mild steel into a blade and handle, but unlike a knifesmith, we will not concern ourselves with hardening and tempering the blade. While not required, this class is an excellent precursor to any of our knife classes.

Gift Certificates for Letter Openers are available.

6 hours in two meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
$210 per student
Class size is limited to 4 students (one per forge).


Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

Students should have taken "A Taste of Blacksmithing" or have some small amount of smithing experience.

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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- 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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