3 Day Axe Making Course

COVID-19 Due to the current ongoing situation I have cancelled my 3 Day and 5 Day courses, because of the complicated and interactive nature of them. I’m still running 1 Day classes with social distancing and sanitation measures in place and I’ve halved the number of students I  take on the 1 Day classes. I will be running a full schedule as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Please sign up to the mailing list so I can let you know when I have scheduled more courses.

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.


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.

The course day runs from 9am - 5pm.

Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather). No shell suits, fleeces or synthetic flammable materials (cotton and wool are perfect).

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Please note, the minimum age to attend a class on your own is 18.