top of page

Knife Crafting

with Carl Cospel


Course Image Placeholder.jpg

This Class is Full, but New Courses are Being Added Regularly!

Be Sure to Check Our Class Listings for More Fun and Engaging Art Opportunities



May 25, 2024

10:00AM - 5:00PM

(Select One)
Materials Fee (Paid at the Beginning of Class)

$25 payable to FCA

0 Seat(s) Still Available
Add to Cart
(Please Choose 'Member' or 'Non-Member' First)

Class Description

Have you ever wanted to forge your own knife? This class will cover the basics of bladesmithing, such as material selection, rough forging the tang and blade, creating the tip and bevels, and heat treating. We'll be using a coal forge, hammer, and anvil .. and at the end of the day you'll take home your own hand forged blade, along with the skills necessary to begin your own knife making journey.

Materials List

Clothing: • No open toe shoes. Leather boots are highly recommended. • No shorts • Depending on weather, layer up appropriately. Expect drastic temperature swings when working near the forge. • We will provide the following, but bring your own if you have them to ensure proper fit and comfort ○ Safety glasses ○ Ear protection ○ Full leather gloves Bring plenty of water, a lunch, and snacks.

Minimum Age

18 and older, exceptions with special permission

About the Instructor

Carl Cospel has lived in southwest VA for 24 years and has been a hobbyist bladesmith for 20 of those years. He works out of his shop in Christiansburg and specializes in small and medium sized Damascus knives. Carl has a background in engineering from Virginia Tech which he applies to blacksmithing by designing tools and equipment which he uses to create unique pieces in his shop. His passion for knives, their uses, and their history was sparked as a kid when his grandfather showed him a knife that he had made out of a file 50 years earlier. He continues his journey by honing his skills with new challenges, and providing opportunities for others to learn and begin the trade.

Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance Registration Required.

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

bottom of page