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Sat, Apr 13



Railroad Spike Knife

Forge your own knife from a railroad spike and learn the basics of bladesmithing!

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Railroad Spike Knife
Railroad Spike Knife

Time & Location

Apr 13, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Winston-Salem, 1375 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, USA

About the event

Have you ever wanted to learn to bladesmith or make a knife but unsure a multi-part series is for you? In this class, you will learn the foundations of bladesmithing in a single session and turn a railroad spike into a knife. 

In this class, you will get a preliminary introduction to bladesmithing and learn:

blacksmithing safety

forging process 

hammering technique

how to draw and bend metal

grinding and finishing your knife!

This maker experience will give you the foundations that you can use to make your own knife in future bladesmithing classes!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please wear a shirt that is of natural fibers, jeans, and shoes that completely cover feet. Safety gear will be supplied. Bringing sunscreen and a water bottle is also recommended.

Please note this class will include long periods of hammering and proximity to fire. 


Meet your Instructor! 

Daniel Butner

Daniel Butner grew up on a tobacco farm building house. He didn't grow up having much except the ability to build and repair things. Daniel started working with wood at a young age, and enjoys pushing the limits of what he can do.

Daniel encourages open discussion to get others input to get the most out of what you will make. His intention with leading these maker experiences is to guide you on how to use the tools to make the something you always wanted. He is always willing to help and answer questions through your making process.

Daniel is also a long time member and supporter of the Mixxer community, and has his own day in Winston-Salem!

This class is for makers 16+. Accomdations can be made on a case by case basis.  Please email for any questions.

Workshops must meet a minimum number of registrations.  Mixxer may cancel workshop 48 hours prior to start time, if minimum is not met. Should you need to cancel your registration, 48 hours notice is required to request a cancellation, refund or credit to future workshop date.

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  • Class Fee

    +$3.75 service fee



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