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Railroad Spike
Class

4 Hours

$250

per person

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Railroad Spike Class

  • 4 hours
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available.
  • Create your very own beautiful knife out of a railroad spike.
  • Fun and challenging. Beginners welcome!
  • Minimum age: 15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Up to 8 guests per session.
  • Group rates for 4 or more guests per session available.

Custom Knife-Making Class

2 Days

$1,000

per person

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2-Day Custom Knife-Making Class

  • Upcoming Class Schedule
    • Hunting Knife Class : 02/03/24 - 02/04/24
    • Kitchen Knife Class : 03/16/24 - 03/17/24
    • Hunting Knife Class : 04/13/24 - 04/14/24
  • 2 days, 9 am - 4 pm each day
  • Intermediate knife makers and beginners welcome.
  • During this two day class we will be working with a piece of high carbon steel to build a simple yet ready to use hunting knife.
  • Day 1:   We will focus on the forging of the knife as well as grinding the knife to shape and grinding a rough bevel on the blade. We will also be covering the heat treating of the blade. You will learn how to properly harden the particular steel that we are working with.
  • Day 2:   We will begin by working on the finish work of the blade, and then begin assembling the handle. We will then be sculpting and sanding the handle to ensure a great and comfortable grip, lastly we will finish off the day by going over how to get a razor sharp edge on your knife.
  • After the class you will be given a sheath to go with your knife.
  • Each knife will be modeled by the knife in the pictures but minor changes can be made.
  • Hunting Knife Photos

  • Kitchen Knife Photos

  • Lunch will be provided at the shop during one of the two days, and the other day we will go out to eat at a local restaurant in town.
  • Lodging is not provided. We would recommend that you stay somewhere in Hiawassee or Blairsville Ga at a hotel or airbnb.
  • Please feel free to call and ask any questions!
  • Minimum age: 15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Custom Knife-Making Class

3 Days

$1,500

per person

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3-Day Custom Knife-Making Class

  • Upcoming Class Schedule
    • Hunting Knife Class : 02/12/24 - 02/14/24
    • Kitchen Knife Class : 03/27/24 - 03/29/24
  • 3 days, 9 am - 4 pm each day
  • This class is for knife-makers with some experience who are looking to take it to the next level!
  • During this three day class we will focus on making a high end, highly detailed hunting knife.
  • We will be working with a piece of high carbon steel to build a simple yet ready to use hunting knife.
  • Day 1:   Forging, rough grinding and going over heat treat.
  • Day 2:   Cleaning up the knife on the grinder and hand sanding the blade
  • Day 3:   Fitting, sculpting and hand handing the handle to achieve best grip. Sharpending the blade to give you a razor sharp edge. Learning how to care for your knife.
  • After the class you will be given a sheath to go with your knife.
  • Each knife will be modeled by the knife in the pictures but minor changes can be made.
  • Hunting Knife Photos

  • Kitchen Knife Photos

  • Lunch will be provided at the shop two of the three days, and the other day we will go out to eat at a local restaurant in town.
  • Lodging is not provided. We would recommend that you stay somewhere in Hiawassee or Blairsville Ga at a hotel or airbnb.
  • Please feel free to call and ask any questions!
  • Minimum age: 15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Custom Knife-Making Class

4 Days

$2,000

per person

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4-Day Custom Knife-Making Class

  • Upcoming Class Schedule
    • Hunting Knife Class : 02/26/24 - 02/29/24
    • Kitchen Knife Class : 04/23/24 - 04/26/24
  • 4 days, 9 am - 4 pm each day
  • This class does not require prior experience, but some knowledge of knife-making would be helpful.
  • During this four day class you will be making your very own damascus hunting knife.
  • You will make the damascus from scratch and then making a knife from the damascus billet.
  • Day 1:   We will focus on creating our damascus billet and forging out the blade.
  • Day 2:   Rough grinding of the blade and heat treating the steel.
  • Day 3:   Sanding the blade to get a nice finish on the steel, then etching the blade.
  • Day 4:   Putting a handle onto the blade and sculpting the handle to properly fit you, then going over how to get a razor sharp blade.
  • Each knife will be modeled by the knife in the pictures but minor changes can be made.
  • Hunting Knife Photos

  • Kitchen Knife Photos

  • Lunch will be provided at the shop two of the three days, and the other two days we will go out to eat at a local restaurant in town.
  • Lodging is not provided. We would recommend that you stay somewhere in Hiawassee or Blairsville Ga at a hotel or airbnb.
  • Please feel free to call and ask any questions!
  • Minimum age: 15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Custom Ax-Making Class

Starting February, 2024!

Details and sign-up opportunities coming soon!

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Our classes are led and taught by 2-time "Forged in Fire" finalist Caleb Ledford
In Person in Young Harris, Georgia

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Never made a knife before?

Perfect! Impress your friends when you show them your amazing functional work of art. Never made a knife before? Perfect! Impress your friends when you show them your amazing functional work of art.

This is hands-on fun!

In our 4-hour class, students will learn to create a beautiful knife out of a railroad spike. Learn how to control & heat metal in the forge then how to properly hold the metal while forging it with a hammer. Finally some grinding, beveling and heat treating.

"Blood, sweat, and tears"

Well, we certainly hope there will be no tears...or blood! But there will definitely‚Äč be a lot of sweat! So be prepared to work hard and feel VERY accomplished when you finish your project!

Opportunities for everyone!

Our classes are great for individuals, couples, families, friends, small groups and corporate outings. Group rates are available. We can even link you to other opportunities in the area to complement your class and enhance your experience in the beautiful North Georgia mountains!

A bigger challenge awaits!

For folks wanting to try something more challenging, we offer 2-, 3- and 4-day classes tailored to your desires and skill level. Scroll down for more information or to get started signing up!

Our Newly Renovated and Expanded Workshop

About Us

Pride, Passion, Hard Work, Amazing Results

Creating quality products is a passion, not just a hobby.

Careful attention to detail in every project.

Helping others learn and enjoy metalworking.

Forged In Fire

Season 8, Episode 9
"Beat the Unbeaten"

Premiere:  January 19, 2022, 9pm, The History Channel    Watch It!


After taking down 2 other competitors, Caleb went to the final round of "Forged In Fire - Beat the Unbeaten".
It was close, and he gave 6-time champion Ben Abbott a run for his money. But Ben made it win #7. Congratulation Caleb on another great showing!

Season 7, Episode 29
"Baby Boomer vs Gen Z"

Permiere:  April 22, 2020, 9pm, The History Channel    Watch It!


Caleb's first appearance on the popular "Forged In Fire" competition premiered Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9 pm on the History Channel.
It was a lot of fun, a ton of hard work and very challenging. He met a lot of great people and really enjoyed competing against some of the finest.
The odds on favorite to win, Caleb's handle broke during the final testing phase and he finished as the runner up. No doubt he will be back for revenge at some point!

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