Blacksmithing Classes at Bridgetown Forge

The fall class schedule will be announced soon.  Please stay tuned.  

November 10th – 11th, 2018 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus November 18th, 2018 (Sun) 10 am – 12:30 pm 

PLEASE NOTE:  the class format has changed and now spans two consecutive weekends.  During the first weekend, you will forge and heat-treat the knives.  Then on the following Sunday,  we will meet for an additional 2.5 hours to attach the handles and hand-hone the blades.  If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session on November 18th, special provisions can easily be made.

In this entry-level class, you will forge a 7-inch, Japanese-style chef’s knife out of a high-carbon steel bar, stamp it with your initials, clay-harden it to produce a Japanese-style differential heat treatment, temper it, attach a handle, and hand-hone it to a razor sharpness on a water stone. The photo (left) represents the knife you will be making.  The class will also cover the ergonomic forging method, and the theory and practice of heat treating steel. The knife, and anything else you make is yours to take home. The total cost is $460, which includes all materials and safety equipment. No previous blacksmithing experience required. The class is limited to 9 students.  To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.



December 1st – 2nd, 2018, (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm

This is an entry-level class (no experience required) where you will forge a center punch, cold chisels, screwdriver, pry bar, hammer head, and blacksmith’s tongs. The photo (left) represents the tools you will be forging.  You will also learn how to heat-treat tools, how to identify the various tool steels, and how to use recycled items in tool-making. Throughout the class, you will learn and practice Hofi’s ergonomic forging technique. All the tools made are yours to take home. The class is limited to 9 students. Class fee is $360, inclusive of all the materials and safety equipment.  To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.






January 5th – 6th, 2019 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus January 13th, 2019 (Sun) 10 am- 12:30 pm

The traditional Japanese sushi knife is constructed of two layers of steel — a soft, low-carbon body fused to a very hard, high carbon cutting edge. The result is a blade of truly awesome sharpness, as the soft body allows the cutting edge to be much harder than a conventional knife, while providing the necessary toughness for top-notch performance. An additional advantage is that since the body of the knife is made from a relatively soft material, it’s very easy to sharpen by hand. As form follows function, a tremendously pleasing shape emerges, known in Japanese as yanagi-ba (willow leaf). This type of knife performs extremely well not only on fish, but is terrific for tasks like slicing a roast or butterflying chicken breast.  We will forge-weld the carbon steel to the softer body, forge the knife to shape, and heat-treat it. Students will attach handles to their blades, and hone them on Japanese water stones. As in all other classes, the knife is yours to take home.  Some forging experience is recommended for this class. The total cost is $460, which includes all materials and safety equipment.  To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.



To reserve your spot in one of the classes, please send a $150 deposit check to:
Arnon Kartmazov
212 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215

The balance is due on first day of class.  When you send your check, please indicate the name of the class you are signing up for. Additional information will be emailed to registrants prior to the first day of class.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email arnon at bridgetownforge dot com or call 503-804-1524.

Thank You!