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Railroad Spike Knife: Foundations of Bladesmithing
Railroad Spike Knife: Foundations of Bladesmithing

Sat, Jun 22


Mixxer Makerspace

Railroad Spike Knife: Foundations of Bladesmithing

Come learn the basics of how to forge your own knife using a railroad spike base!

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mixxer Makerspace, 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 if 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 class will give you the foundations that you can use to make your own knife in future bladesmithing classes!

SAFTEY 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. 

Lead by: Daniel Butner (he/him)

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 meet-up is open to members and non-members alike.

This class is for makers 18 years old and older.  Please email for any questions.

Makers of all abilities are encouraged to participate in our classes! 

Workshops must meet a minimum number of registrations.  Mixxer may cancel the workshop 2 days prior to start time, if the minimum is not met. Should you need to cancel your registration, 2 days notice is required to request a cancellation, refund or credit to a future workshop date.

Membership Offer
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  • Class Registration

    Sale ends: Jun 21, 12:00 PM
    +$3.75 service fee



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