Upcoming Forge Classes – Spring 2019

Blacksmith Classes

Summer 2019

All tools, materials, safety equipment and lunch are provided.
Rates are per student. Classes begin at 8am unless otherwise noted.

Email douglas@morlockblacksmith.com for more info or to reserve.

Classes are held at 246 Front St N, Campbellford, ON

Blacksmith I – The 7 Fundamentals         July 5-7, October 18-20

Learn the 7 essential skills of the blacksmith and shape hot metal into tools and works of art using fire, hammer and anvil. Learn the properties of metal, the proper use of tools and forges, toolmaking and the ancient techniques of forging iron as you craft a full set of forge tools to use on your own journey. An intensive, in-depth course, begins Friday at 4:00, Sat/Sun 8-6

Two-and-a-half Days (25hrs). No experience required.


Blacksmith II – The Journeyman Cross     August 16-18

Gain and develop your skills for larger projects as you forge the Journeyman’s Cross – a traditional sculpture that combines and expands upon each fundamental skill, and is assembled using the entire variety of traditional joinery. Learn precision hand forging, how to set collars, rivets, tenons and shrink-fits, gain proficiency with forge-welding and acquire the ornamental skills to forge beautiful ironwork. An intensive course requiring a basic familiarity with blacksmithing –  Begins Friday at 4pm, Sat/Sun 8-6

Two-and-a-half Days (25hrs).


Foundations of Blade-Smithing      September 14-15, December 21-22

Gain the skills and knowledge to forge a superior hand knife, for hunting, camping or bushcraft. Working independently, you will learn heat treating, metallurgy, forging and finishing as you complete your own heirloom blade. An intensive course that will lay the foundation for advanced studies in edged tools – knives, axes and swords.

Two days (20hrs). No experience required.   

$385 pp

My Work

Lacey Cross Monument

A large, contemporary Celtic Cross for a family memorial.

Birch-leaf Fireplace Doors

Hand-forged in their entirety, from leaves to rivets.

Small Knives

Three small hunting knives, all 5160. From top, hafts are antler/cedar burl, Koa/Maple/Brass and Walnut with copper pins.

Colonial Fire Tongs

From a set of 18th c fireplace tools. Wrought with precision.

Fire-tool Stand – Detail

Detail of a stand for fireplace tools, showing complexity of finials.


Entirely hand-forged and polished – an exercise in patience. 11,000 layers of 1090/1040 steel kobuse-welded around a soft-iron core. Dimensions taken from a Kamakura-period Bizen. Fitted with a quilted-maple saya to reflect my western sensibilites.

Rococo Pipe Tomahawk

Pipe tomahawk with light engraving and pewter accents.

Walnut Chest

Small dovetailed walnut chest, with forged iron hardware from extant 18thc New England examples.

Oak Leaf Fireplace Doors

Copper and steel fireplace doors, to match and complete a 1920s marble fireplace. Some very simple repousse, modern and traditional forms.

Bowie Knife

An even bigger knife – 15” overall. Differentially-quenched 5160 blade, hafted with antler, nickel-silver and maple then elaborately file-worked. Balance is exceptional.

Surt’s Horn

An elaborate drinking horn, leaning toward Jelling motifs.

Hammer-Poll Patriot Tomahawk

A hammer poll version of a famous movie tomahawk. Client request. Steel.