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Beginning Knife Making

Monday, March 15, 2021, 9:00 AM

A non-refundable registration fee of $106 is due at the time of registration. The remainder of the class and materials fee ($500.00) is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Total cost of class $606.00 Instructor Tom Weir Both aspiring knife-makers and intermediate bladesmiths will benefit from this hands-on class. Students will work through every step that it takes to complete a personal, fixed-blade full tang knife - from profiling and flat grinding the blades, to hardening and tempering the steel, and all the way through finishing with handles and sheathes. Students will be able to choose from several styles. You will finish and take home at least one knife with sheath in this five day class. The instructor will provide all major tools and materials; however, participants should plan to bring a full cloth apron, safety glasses, leather gloves, and appropriate clothing. This class takes dexterity and willingness to work. As one recent student said, “I didn’t know knifemakers did this much sanding!” Tom accepts cash or check.(does not include meals/lodging. Lodging is available in the park at our Cabins at Dry Creek, newly remodeled duplex-style hotel rooms. There is a Folk School discount for students booking more than 3 days. Call the Cabins office at 800-264-3655 to book with the discount. To book rooms for less than 3 days, click here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meet your instructor - Tom Weir Crossing the threshold into the Knife Shop at the Ozark Folk Center takes you out of today’s world. Civil War uniforms and Indian leathers hang on the wall. Glass cases hold knives that date from the 1700’s on up to ones made yesterday. Strange animals, antlers and skulls are tucked into crannies. It might be a bit spooky, if it wasn’t for the broad grin on the face behind the counter. Tom Weir looks like a mountain man, just come in from his cabin on the creek. In fact, he is, in many ways, and that’s the name of his business – On the Creek. “I was looking for a catchy phrase, and I live on the creek,” said Tom simply. Tom was born in northeastern Arkansas and grew up on a farm in Lawrence County. His daddy’s folks were from the eastern Ozarks. Every Sunday his daddy would load up the kids in the car and say, “We’re going to the hills.” Those hills became a part of Tom. “I like hardwood trees and streams better than cotton fields and rice fields.” Involved in Rendezvous since the 1970’s, Tom made a few basic knives for his own use. He also started coming to Mountain View in the 70’s and here he met Jack Thomas, the knife maker at the Ozark Folk Center. “I guess I paid a little more attention than I thought I was,” said Tom, laughing. While he only gets to Rendezvous on occasion now and doesn’t get to shoot black powder as much as he’d like to, Tom does spend nearly every day making knives. He makes all kinds of useful knives - from twisted railroad spike novelties to beautiful Damascus bladed skinners. “I make knives to be used and I try to put a little bit of me in each knife,” he said. “Each knife has its own personality. I have lots of blanks for the basic shapes and I try not to change anything, unless I can make it better. But each knife comes out different. Some are right-handed and some are left-handed.” Tom’s favorite knife to make is a medium skinner. He doesn’t really like to make the big, showy knives, though he will make a few of them, because folks want them. The medium to small knives are more useful for hunting and skinning. For handles he uses some antler and his favorite woods are maple and bodark, also called Osage Orange. “Osage Orange is a good wood,” explained Tom. “You can’t hurt it.” When he has some time, Tom works beautiful scrimshaw scenes onto some of his bone and ivory (old piano keys) handles. Etched carvings of mountains with elk or wolves beautifully match the finely polished blades of these unique knives. “There’s

Cost: $100.00

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1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560

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