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Make a Tomahawk from a Railroad Spike!
or maybe you'd prefer a Boarding Axe?

Tomahawks. Boarding Axes. Fantasy hand-axes. Railroad Spikes. What do these have in common? You can make any of the first three from the fourth one.

In this class you'll start with a plain or garden-variety Railroad Spike, and end up with a small hand-axe that's anything but plain. You'll learn how to forge a small axe-blade, get in some more practice punching and drifting eyes, and split, carve, and install a handle in the process.
Emphasis will be on making a striking and attractive pseudo-weapon.

When you're done with this class, you'll be fully prepared to deal with the Zombie Apocalypse, especially if it takes place while you're cruising Boston Harbor in the Queen Anne's Revenge. While you're waiting for that, your new 'hawk will come in handy for splitting kindling.

Gift Certificates for Make a Tomahawk from a Railroad Spike! are available.

Three 3-hour sessions.    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Tuition: $375 per student
Maximum 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.

Required: Basics of Blacksmithing.
Suggested: one of our knifemaking classes, or equivalent experience. This class is NOT for beginners!

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.
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Dates and Times:
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