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, 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, Rural Arts Centre, Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, E1 3DG

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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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Wendie Ottewill Nov 2023

Amazing course. Superb course leader Tim.
Course hands on from the kick off. Interesting and active course. Brilliant how you actually get straight into the making and worked with metal as well as wood. Nice class size and great outdoor (ish) setting.

Tom Nov 2023

I haven't had so much fun in ages! I will treasure the knife, it was fantastic to make it.

Maryanne McGinn Nov 2023

Thanks to Tim and Alex for running this well paced and enjoyable class; there was plenty of technical help on hand, I learned lots of new things here, and everyone went home with a handled knife which they had made themselves.

I appreciated the emphasis on safety at all times, the good lighting, and the readily available refreshments.

I have to mention also the great venue at Stepney City Farm: nice cafe and lots of sheep and goats frolicking in the fields.

Knife Forging Workshop review by Maryanne McGinn - London

Luke Southward Nov 2023

Great day and would recommend to anyone. Tim was a fantastic teacher and very happy with the end result!

Dan Turner Nov 2023

The course was well run and professional.
Each stage was explained and support from the team was available at all times.
Individual advice and tuition was given to students at each stage of the process.
The class was suitable for all levels.

Richard Goody Nov 2023

Great fun with a nice crowd of novices (like me!). Really helpful, knowledgeable experts ( thanks Tim and Alex) who definitely made the whole knife forging process a success for everyone. Nice City Farm setting with Cafe and farmers market on site. Brilliant day :)

Cecile Marcotte Sep 2023

We loved the class, very fun and instructive, with two great teachers who were patient and very knowledgeable. Thank you again Alex and Tom!

Charles Sep 2023

I went on the knife making course with my son and it was superb! The teachers, Tom and Alex, were extremely knowledgeable and professional, the environment / tools / facilities were all of a very high standard, and I really can’t think how the day could be improved. If you have not been on one of these courses you’re really missing out

Mike Sep 2023

Tom and Alex were fantastic. Really enjoyed the day and I learned a lot. Thanks!

Ben Hext Jun 2023

Class was great fun. Tom was very knowledgeable and helped me create a good quality knife! Would recommend to anyone looking for taste of metal and woodwork

Lushan Sun Jun 2023

The class had great variety - forging, sawing, carving, grinding etc. The teacher was very patient and spent a great deal of time with each of us and helping us when we couldn’t get something right. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Anastazja Harding Mar 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Enjoyed the experience very much. Attention to everyone's hot working techniques was very much appreciated and I felt like my skills improved throughout the day. Everyone took home a functional blade and a sense of achievement.

Sara Abdulla Mar 2023

Awesome day. Thank you so much. Tom & Tom super patient and inspiring. Highly recommend.

Alex Rinsler Nov 2022

This was the best craft experience I've had. The teachers coached us through every step brilliantly. I left feeling inspired and proud of my achievement.

Eddie Wright Nov 2022

The class was very good. Tom and Tim, the instructors, were both very knowledgeable and were able to clearly pass on the details of what we needed to do at each stage.

I enjoyed the class and at the end of the day had successfully forged and fitted a sharp wood caring knife.

Adrian Nov 2022

Everything was great organised and perfectly timed. I wish we had more time to learn about the details about the material used (steel types etc.) and to get to know more about blacksmiting. The foundation theory should be covered, maybe by some fun interactive talk/quizes.
If we had bit more time it would have been good to have more interaction between participants and the teacher to create the bound and further motivation.
In general I would reccomend the course and the venue to anyone interested in carving in wood and getting to work with steel.
I came back with a great and sharp small knife.
I'm looking forward to see more courses for blacksmithing in particular at this venue!

Ivelin Iliev Oct 2022

Enjoyed all the day
Very friendly and welcoming!
Learn so many new things.
Thank you

Sergio Linares Oct 2022

Awesome experience with Tom, he is great giving you trough the whole process. The place is full of material and tools to use, can't wait to try the next workshop.

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 - London

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 class review by Charlie Woolley - London

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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