Learning how to make tools is one of the most important skills learned in blacksmithing and making knives is one of the skills many people learning blacksmithing are drawn to.
Instructor Scott Lankton will show you the care needed in forging high carbon blades. Refine your hammer skills to form a knife blade, make corrections to the blade’s shape with the file, and develop annealing and tempering techniques to complete the blade. Mount a fine wood handle on your knife to add beauty and contrast to the steel.
In 1985, Scott went to Aachen, Germany and received his Diploma at The International Teaching Center for Metal Design where he apprenticed under his late Master, Manfred Bredohl.
In 1989 the British Museum commissioned him to replicate the complex pattern welded sword from the famous Sutton Hoo Ship Burial (dated near 600 A.D.) This sword is now permanently displayed in London alongside the original. His writings on this helped others to explore creating complex composite blades.
He has taught at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Peter’s Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN, and Tillers International. He has lead many workshops and demonstrated and lectured at national and international conferences such as ABANA, Ferro 2000, and Ferro 2005 in Germany and in Stia, Italy.
He was President, Vice President, and Financial Chair of ABANA, the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America. He served on their Board of Directors for nine years.