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From Forging to Handle and Sheath—Craft It All

October 29-Nov. 1, 2018 with K.J. Groven

Level of Instruction
All levels. No prior blacksmithing experience necessary.
K.J. Groven's Workshop, north of Sturgis, South Dakota
  • $270.00 Members
  • $320.00 Non-members

Have you ever wanted to make an entire knife from forging the blade to crafting a wooden handle, and then make the perfect wood and leather sheath to keep this gem of a knife protected for years to come? Here is your chance. Learn many valuable techniques and hints from ever-popular blacksmith and knifemaker KJ Groven as he walks you through the entire process from forging the blade to making the sheath. Sheaths will be created out of German half-tanned leather decorated with a technique called “pauting,” and then stained to your choice of color.

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About the Instructor

K.J. Groven
K.J. Groven

K.J. Groven grew up in Skien, Norway, and spent most of his childhood on the family farm working with his grandparents. In 1999, he left Norway to attend South Dakota School of Mines and received a degree as a mechanical engineer. After some time as an engineer, he built log homes and did custom woodworking. He was introduced to a blacksmithing club during this time and was soon making buildings, cabinets, and other furniture in the Norwegian style, as well as forging tools and hardware. He believes he has found his true calling.