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Introduction to Damascus Steel

Make your own beautiful pattern welded steel

Over 50 people have attended this class


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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What you will learn

  • The properties of steel and how to achieve contrast in a Damascus steel pattern
  • Forge welding with use of a 25 ton press
  • Revealing and developing the pattern using an acid-etch

What you will get

  • A billet (bar) of damascus steel

What to bring

  • Lunch and morning tea
  • All materials included

What to wear

Clothing 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.

Eveleigh Works

324 Reviews

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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4.9 (8 reviews)
20 December 2019Introduction to Damascus Steel
Had a great day, can see its more time intensive than I knew. Remember to have a think about what project you want to use your piece for, it helps decided final size on the day. I would have brought my son if I knew it was a hydrolic forge, was expecting hamers and tongs.
08 September 2019Introduction to Damascus Steel
I had an amazing time participating in this course. Matt is an excellent teacher and really makes you feel comfortable asking questions. overall would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested :)
07 December 2018Introduction to Damascus Steel
this was a great course and I have made a kitchen knife from the blank
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Eveleigh Works requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers outside of the no refund period. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Eveleigh Works to organise a refund or transfer

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Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Eveleigh Works or organised by Eveleigh Works must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Eveleigh Works.


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Eveleigh Works requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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