When people book onto a one-to-one or one-to-two bladesmithing course, we use my Main Workshop rather than the Iron Age forges. By coming on a one-to-one course you are of course guaranteed my undivided attention and by running the course in the workshop, we have access to powertools. Granted you don’t actually need powertools to make a great knife, but it’s a great deal easier! Also the kit that I have in the workshop means that we can make a much wider variety of blade shapes and sizes or handle configuration (for example big blades are tricky to get right at the best of times, I certainly wouldn’t let anybody try it with the Iron Age set up).
My present workshop has only been up since the 'summer' of 2008 and is still being finished off. So as time goes by, the more toys I have to play with. As it stands though I have the basics and a few bits besides. I don't have flashy belt grinders or electric kilns like some modern knife makers, but then I don't need them most of the time.
Click on the images below for a better idea of what you could do. I've arranged them to show the whole process from forging through to making a sheath for a finished knife. The second gallery is the rogues gallery, showing you a selection of former students and their finely crafted knives!
Here are some of the knives produced in the workshop. I've included some students from each of the three workshops that I've had since starting up.