Description

The reputation and history of Damascus steel has given rise to many legends, such as the ability to cut through a rifle barrel or to cut a hair falling across the blade. Today Damascus steel is highly desired for its beautiful marbled steel pattern, being particularly valued by knife-makers around the world. This one day course instructed by blacksmith Matt Mewburn will take students through the process of making a piece of Damascus steel.

Learn how to develop a pattern by understanding the properties of steel and achieve contrast between the steel alloys, then move on to forge-welding the steel alloys together and stacking the layers with the use of a Power Hammer. Students will reveal and develop the pattern using an acid etch and finish up by forging the completed billet to size.

To allow for close supervision, this intensive course has a small class size of 4 students.

You will get

  • A dramatic and beautiful Damascus steel billet

  • Eye, ear and hand protection will be provided, however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • The properties of steel and how to achieve contrast in a Damascus steel pattern
  • Forge welding with use of a Power Hammer
  • Revealing and developing the pattern using an acid-etch

What to bring
  • Lunch and morning tea
  • All materials included
What to wear

Cclothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots.

Appropriate for

This class requires some forging experience. If you're unsure, just ask us.


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Eveleigh Works

Vendor sincce 2016

Learn the metal arts at Eveleigh Works in Redfern, Sydney. Get your hands dirty with our short courses in blacksmithing, knife and tool-making. Courses for newbies and old hands, instructed by practicing craftspeople within the heritage workshop of an 1880s locomotive factory. 

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Mark

25 July 2017 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

Fantastic to be forging in such a historically significant place! Matt made the course enjoyable, and tailored the advice to the experience level. A small group made for a great learning environment. It's such a shame to hear that the days of this fantastic piece of history may be numbered.