This is the class for the sløyd enthusiast who would like to add some self-made tools to the bench or tool bag. The students will make a laminated blade about 3” long from the highest quality blade steel. Also, a blade will be forged for chip carving. This is not laminated, but the same high-quality steel. The blades will be heat-treated, ground concave on a belt grinder, and then honed by hand to a mirror cutting edge. The students will then mount their new blades in a birch handle that will only be shaped by knife, for a truly “good-feel” working knife. And the knives will be fitted with a birch bark/root sheath to finish the class. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.
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.