What to Expect from Class

Classes begin at 9am and end at 5pm, please be on time.

Our classes are intended as intensive and very personalized experiences.  We host a maximum of two students per class. You will typically be working with a gas forge and a combination of tooling dictated by individual student level of prior experience.  Power hammer use is only available to students in our Damascus Class or above.


The teaching philosophy at Origin Blades is a borrowed one.  “We will flood you with more information and firsthand experience than you could possibly retain, so that you have the opportunity to retain as much possible.” as said by Uri Hofi.

What to bring:

We require students to bring or buy their own blacksmithing hammer, even if our class experience is your first time forging. Read more under our Class Prerequisite page.

In bladesmithing a forging hammer is the most intimate tool you will develop a relationship with and where your understanding of this work should begin.  There are many different patterns to these hammers, varied by function, form and culturally specific.  Understanding this better by finding your hammer is a great place to start your bladesmithing journey.

Just to provide some guidance, regardless of the style hammer you’re partial to, a 3lb hammer is probably about the weight you want as your first hammer.  You’ll see why about 2 hours into the first day.

For those that already have their hammers, you are required to bring them to use in your class.  Using the one tool most familiar to you will bring additional benefits in being able to retain your experience when applying it at home.

When we have student hammers available for purchase, we will update this page with that option.

As a suggested option, French & Swedish pattern hammers can often be found here.  You are also encouraged to have your hammer custom made here or here.

Here is the complete list of things to bring:

  • Forging Hammer
  • Water Bottle
  • Safety Gloves – Kevlar is best, but the real goal is to use no gloves at all.
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Steel-toe shoes
  • As much as possible, wear cotton clothing; synthetic materials tend to melt into the skin.
  • Lunch and snacks

Work Safety:

Working safely is our priority.  If we deem that you are not working safely or not following the safety protocols discussed at the start of class, we reserve the right to end your class without refund.  The potential for injury is very high in bladesmithing when you take lazy precautions and/or do not remain properly focused on the task at hand.

Accommodation:

For those travelling to take our class, we are approximately a 50 minute drive from Quebec City in the province of Quebec, Canada.  There are plenty of interesting options in Quebec city and the drive is reasonable to our workshop.  For those that want a shorter drive, closer options are also easy to find.  Our location is in a small village named Saint Patrice de Beaurivage, Quebec.  Our precise address will be automatically sent to all registered students.