Knife Forging Workshop

Learn the ancient art of blacksmithing at this beginner-friendly metalwork class.

8 hours Class size 1 to 8     label £175

Whether you're fascinated by craftsmanship, want to add a new skill to your repertoire or are looking for an unforgettable couples' activity in London, take a look at this knife forging class taught by Tom at the Green Wood Guild, who'll guide you through making your very own carving knife. Being able to take a rough bit of stock steel and turn it into a beautifully functioning edge tool is extremely satisfying, and very empowering!

On this one-day class at Stepney City Farm, you will learn how to make a ‘straight’ knife, a brilliant wood carving tool used for everything from spoons to shrink pots, as well as being useful in many other larger projects. Don't worry if the idea of forging your own blade sounds intimidating, as this class is suitable for people with no tool making experience.

You will forge and sharpen your own blade, as well as carving the handle, and weaving a bark sheath to protect it, walking away with a beautiful new tool!

Knowledge required
What you'll get
All tools and materials required to make a handmade straight knife to bring home with you.

The Green Wood Guild is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.


The Green Wood Guild, Rural Arts Centre, Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1 3DG

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The Green Wood Guild
The Green Wood Guild

5.0 (9)

London's centre for the traditional craft of Green Woodwork.

Our classes give you hands-on experience and in-depth tuition in the fundamental skills and techniques of green woodworking. These are suitable for total beginners and each workshop revolves around a beautiful product to make yourself and take home!

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Daniel Brady May 2022

Tom was a great instructor. He gave us the important information and training without overloading us, and he was happy to explain more, answer questions, and help us achieve specific results with our knives. He kept us moving at a good pace, and rather than rushing the folks whose knives were progressing slower than others he simply helped us catch up so we could all stay on track together. I would love to take another of his workshops, if he does any others.

The woodcraft workshop at Stepney Farm is a small space but well-suited to classes like this, and the atmosphere of the farm itself really sets the tone for a day of woodcraft. All materials were provided and more than adequate for our purposes.

The workshops at the Green Wood Guild are expensive, but I don't think they are unreasonable for the experiences I've had. You're paying for 8+ hours of personal instruction from an experienced craftsman, plus the cost of the materials and exclusive use of the woodworking studio and its resources. You also get to take what you make, not just what you learn. So if you're like me and can afford to spend money on passions but aren't certain woodcraft is for you, I'd recommend these workshops: the instructors are quite passionate about what they're teaching you, so even if they don't end up passing along their passion to you, you'll at least have a good time.

Knife Forging Workshop review by Daniel Brady

Charlie Woolley May 2022

A really engaging and challenging day learning new skills and developing techniques. Fantastic location.
Patient and communicative instructor.
Most important of all we got to make a knife! Highly recommended.

Woodworking workshop review by Charlie Woolley

Will Allen May 2022

Great class, great venue!
Very well structured and relaxed.
The pace was perfect for everyone.
Tom is a fantastic teacher and explained quite a technical process very clearly and simply.
I did the course on a Saturday and the farmers market was on at the farm, so there was a really nice atmosphere. Lots of nice areas to relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Jo Yu Mar 2022

Love the workshop! Super happy with the knife. Can't wait for the next one.

Zoe Horne Mar 2022

Clear, excellent guidance pitched at the right level for me and I think the rest of the group.pacing of the day worked well. Ended up with a knife I am so proud of.thank you

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