3 Day Axe Making Course: 3rd – 5th Nov 2021


This is a 3 day class forging two axes.

In this course we will forge one axe by forge welding an iron body around a steel edge and one by punching and drifting the eye.

To secure a place on this course a 50% deposit is required, the remainder being payable one month before the course begins. Alternatively, you may pay the full amount on booking.

Course Full


No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:

  • Forge safety
  • Using a gas forge
  • Forming and forge welding a bowtie construction axe
  • Forging an axe from EN 9steel using the punch and drift method
  • Profile grinding the axe
  • Heat treating , normalising, hardening, tempering
  • Blade finishing sharpening and edge testing
  • Fitting a tomahawk handle
  • Fitting a wedged handle

This 3 day class will take you through the process of making two hand axes, one made by the forge welded “bow tie” method of construction where a steel edge is forge welded into a softer iron body and then folded around on itself to form an eye. We will also make a punched and drifted axe from carbon steel.

At the end of the class you will go away with 2 axes with ash/hickory handles.