Stackhouse Knives

Upcoming Classes / Workshops


Stackhouse Knives offers workshops, classes and private tutoring in Damascus steel, knifemaking and blacksmithing.

Classes are held at our workshop in Wainuiomata.

Please note: Other times and dates can be arranged for your convenience, we also offer private tuition for custom projects.


Knife Making Workshops
1 Day / $200 (includes materials)


This is a 1 day beginners class, where you will learn how to forge and finish your own handmade knife.

Participants will make a small utility knife, roughly 20cm total length (blade length around 10cm). You will have full access to Shea's studio, the induction will cover basic use of the forge, blacksmithing tools, the power hammer, grinding and cutting tools and standard workshop health & safety practices.

If you would like to make a larger knife please contact us about a custom knife making class.

Beginner level class: No experience needed!

 
 

This class will cover:

  • Forging
    You will be drawing out the steel (this will depend on what kind of steel your working with) and forging the profile of your knife

  • Grinding and sanding
    You will be using the angle grinder and belt sander to refine your knife profile, remove forge marks and clean back your blade

  • Heat treating the blade
    The knife will be hardened and tempered to give it the hardness, toughness and flexibility it needs to perform as a knife.

  • Handle making
    You can select a handle material from our stocks or bring your own timber/handle material. You will measure the handle material to fit the tang then sand it down to your selected design.

  • Sharpening
    Finally you will learn how to sharpen the blade ready for use.

Please note: We allow students to bring their own steel/handle stock, please contact us prior to the class so can advise on there suitability of your materials.

There is a limit of only four places per course.

 
 

Damascus Steel Workshop
2 Days / $480 (include materials)


In this is a two day course you will be taken through the full process of fusing and folding your stack of metal, to creating and patterning a 100 layered billet.

Beginner level class: No experience needed!

 
 

This class will cover:

After an introduction to metallurgy and the theory of pattern making, you will begin forge welding a 20 layered billet of 1070 and 15N20 steel using the power hammer. Once fused into a single block and drawn out it will be cut into 5 pieces, re-stacked, welded and then drawn out again to produce 100 layers.

The billet will then be surface textured to create your chosen pattern and then ground down to a thin plate. At this point a etching your billet in acid will help reveal the pattern.

From this class students can continue on to a knife making class, a blacksmithing class or receive private tutoring for a specific project.

Please note: This is NOT a knife making class. If you would like to make a knife from your Damascus billet on the following weekend please book into a knife making class as well.

There is a limit of only four places per course.

 
 

Blacksmithing Evening Class
8 Sessions / $50 per session
(includes materials and consumables)

6pm - 9pm Monday evenings


This class is about learning by doing, the only objective is to come and enjoy the process of blacksmithing and forging. Students will be provided with a bar stock steel to work with. 

You will have full access to Shea's studio, the induction will cover basic use of the forge, blacksmithing tools, the power hammer, grinding and cutting tools and standard workshop health & safety practices.

Beginner Level class: No experience needed!

 
 

*This class will cover:

Techniques may include but are not limited too:

  • Tapering

  • Squaring

  • Upsetting

  • Twisting

  • Drawing

  • Offsetting

  • Splaying

  • Hole-punching

  • Drifting

The class times will be from 6pm-9pm and will be running every Wednesdays for 9 weeks through July - August.

Book in for the term or pay per session!