Intro to Bladesmithing I: Letter Opener

Intro to Bladesmithing I: Letter Opener

With hammers and anvils and fire, learn the basics of how blade-smithing works in creating your very own letter opener. This basic beginner class is perfect for getting started and seeing what this old-time craft is about. We will be concentrating on learning about the tools such as the forge tongs and hammer, and how to use them by making a simple knife or letter opener with an all-metal twisted handle integral knife.

Adlai Stein

Great For

  • Beginners to those with some experience

  • Learning the basics of blacksmithing

Skills Toolbox

  • Using the forge

  • Hammer control

  • Using tongs to hold your work piece

Tool Clearances

  • No Idea Foundry tools are certified for independent use in this class

Pairs Well With

If you're interested in functional project experience, we suggest checking out the Intro to Bladesmithing II: Railroad Spike Knife too!

Plan Your Visit

All materials and safety equipment supplied.  Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to participate.  Natural fiber clothing, such as cotton or denim, and sturdy footwear (e.g. tennis shoes or boots) is recommended. Plan to arrive for class about 10-15 min early and check in at the front desk.  Our main entrance is on State Street, with parking lot entrance on State St. as well. IF parking and street parking available.


Idea Foundry Member - $135

Non Member - $155

Upcoming Dates

  • JUNE 12 | 6PM