This class will take students who are already familiar with blacksmithing to create metal of their own design. Pattern welded steel (aka Damascus) is often used in knife making, but can be used in a variety of applications.
We will teach students the basic theories to pattern welded steel, but we will limit the applied techniques to what will best give students a successful introduction to the process. The pattern variations are endless, but the purpose of this course is for students to understand the process and the metallurgy. Not all steels weld well together or contrast properly; knowing what combinations to use is the foundation this class will provide to ensure your continued evolution.
Forge welding Damascus is some of the most rigorous and sensitive work performed by blacksmiths. Being able to read metal temperatures, create weld friendly fire atmospheres and understand the limits of the material all come into play when learning to make your own steel.
This is definitely a hands-on class and can be physically demanding to the uninitiated; therefore, you should come prepared and capable of the work required.