Knives. July 22-26, 9AM-3PM camp
Knives. July 22-26, 9AM-3PM camp
For 8th - 11th graders.
Make a fixed blade steel knife, a leather sheath, and an acrylic or wood handle. Includes steel etching and leather decoration. We will discuss different types of steel, the knife making process, design, and knife uses to determine what each person would like to make. We will use a combination of power tools, hammers, anvils, a small forge with torches, sandpaper, files, and patience to design and create your own knife with a fixed blade no longer than 4 inches. You can add a design to your blade by etching into it, as well as add design elements to your leather sheath. Each knife, handle, and sheath will be made entirely by you!
Safety and respect is of the utmost importance at The Metal Smithery and with this camp project. We want everyone to succeed, as well as ensure the tools and equipment, space, and people are safe. If you think that handling power tools, such as grinders, sanders, and saws will be a challenge for your child to not only work with but to follow the safety rules seriously and consistently, please consider a different camp. If you would like to discuss the details with us further, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com. If at any point, we think that your child is putting themselves, others, or the tools in danger, they will be asked to leave with no refund. Please discuss this with your child before hand to make sure they are on board and understand the risk and potential consequences of their actions if they do not follow the safety and respect policies. We want this to be a fun and fulfilling week during which everyone enjoys making the knife of their own design, so we want to begin with everyone ready!
Safety requirements: Eye protection and ear protection will be provided. The Metal Smithery has a complete exhaust system but we take safety and your lungs very seriously so we require the use of a respirator mask, like this 3M multiuse respirator If you would rather purchase one from us, please inform us before hand and we will have them available for sale on the first day of camp. The cost of the respirator is $40. We also require the use of leather work gloves as the steel and forge and techniques are hot and we want hands to be protected too - make sure the gloves fit your hands!
Each day will include an hour for a lunch and relax break. Snack breaks are at each person’s discretion as needed. Lunch will not be provided by The Metal Smithery but we will have a fresh fruit snack available each day, as well as plenty of water for everyone. If your child needs more food than a fruit snack, please send more in with them.
The Metal Smithery is a tree nut and peanut free facility, if your child would like to bring food that has tree nuts or peanuts in them, that is fine, they will be able to eat in the cafe area down the hall or outside. Please note, this does not mean that your child will be left out or made to sit alone, we will just make sure no tree nuts or peanuts are eaten inside the studio space!
If your child has food or other allergies that may require an EpiPen, or any other potentially serious medical conditions, please notify us immediately so that we can include any precautions into the set up and be fully prepared. All medications will need clear doctor’s instructions and must be dropped off with your child at drop off and picked up with your child at pickup.
If you need to drop off before 9AM, you may do so no earlier than 8:30AM, when we arrive for the day. Please notify us beforehand if you need to drop off before 9AM. Pickup is at 3PM.
Please make sure to join us on the last day at 2:30PM for a show and tell celebration with cookies, where each camper will get to display their work for everyone to admire!
Tshirts are available for sale at a discount for campers (and their families) at $15
Camp maximum is 6. Minimum is 5.