January 4 – 15, 2021 Bladesmithing: ABS Intro to Bladesmithing


ABS: Introduction to Bladesmithing

with Scott McGhee

January 4-15, 2021 (M-Th, 8am-5pm with 1 hour for lunch)* Friday 8am-12pm.

The Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing is proud to host the American Bladesmith Society’s Introduction to Bladesmithing course.  This is two week, comprehensive course is a standardized curriculum that is suitable for the novice to the more experienced bladesmith. Successful completion of this course will shorten the time required for a student bladesmith to test for Journeyman or Master status. See ABS for more details. If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice or Journeyman bladesmith, see the American Bladesmith Society’s webpage for membership information.

Every student is expected to leave with the knowledge necessary to pass the ABS journeyman performance test and, if time and skills allow, each student may leave with a heat treated and final ground knife

Class will be from 8am – 5pm, M-Th, and Friday 8am-12pm with a 1-hour break for lunch. The shop will not be available to bladesmithing students on the weekend nor after hours.

Tuition: $1400

Tuition is inclusive of instruction, use of the shop & tools, and materials. There is no additional fee payable to VIB. Lodging and food are each student’s individual responsibility.

Scott McGhee, Master Bladesmith, will be instructing the course. Mr. McGhee is an accomplished bladesmith and owner of Guinea Hog Forge. https://guineahogforge.com/


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