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 2016 - 2017 Knifemaking Schedule

Registration for knifemaking classes begins August 1


Fixed Blade, Grinding

September 1-4, 2016 (Th-Sun)
Instructors: Ed & Tanya VanHoy
Cost: $375 (1 meal included)
The class will consist of a course that will take students into the first phase of knife construction. It will define the anatomy and construction of a fixed blade knife. The student will learn how to design, properly layout the grinding lines, lay out lines for drilling, and handle/scales. It will start from basic grind preparation and end in the student having a finished blade that will then be completed into a finished knife. The student will have the opportunity to do more than one blade if he/she chooses to do so. This may of course dictate if he will have a finished knife. A certificate of completion will be given to each student.


Folding Knives

October 6-9, 2016 (Th-Sun)
Instructors: Ed & Tanya VanHoy
Cost: $375 (1 meal included)
The class will consist of a course designed to take a student through each phase of constructing a folding knife. It will define the anatomy and construction. The types for the knife will be a bolstered folder. It will be designed in a way that students will be able to make it at home with limited hand and machine tools. The course will have a well written manual that will include the design, materials list, and a suppliers list. The student will complete a finished folding knife in the class and will receive a certificate on completion.


Wilderness Survival Knife

October 13-16, 2016 (Th-Sun)
Instructors: Barry & Phillip Jones "The Jones Brothers"
Cost: $375 (1 meal included)
Of all the survival equipment available, the most useful and most necessary is a good knife. Knives allow you to cut tree branches to make shelter, prepare firewood to keep you warm, hunt, prepare what you get from your hunt and a host of other necessary tasks. If you only have one tool with you at all times, it has to be a knife. This class will be a hands-on guide in making the perfect Wilderness Survival Knife!


Forged Tomahawks

October 27-29, 2016 (Th-Sat)
Instructor: Tim Scholl
Cost: $375 (1meal included)
Learn to make adorned tomahawks using traditional forging, heat-treating, and handle finishing methods. Students will complete a tomahawk by the end of the course.


Damascus Patterns & Blades

November 4-6, 2016 (Fri–Sun)
Instructor: Burt Foster
Cost: $375 (1 meal included)
A Damascus class for students with some forging and grinding experience who want to learn more about making high-performance, exhibition worth Damascus knife blades. We will discuss steel selection, basic and advanced pattern development, and Damascus blade forging and finishing. Basically everything from choosing the right steel to polishing your completed blade. This will be a hands-on class where each student will have the opportunity to make a couple different Damascus billets as well as heat treating and polishing samples from each billet.


Basic Blade Smithing

January 12-15, 2017 (Th-Sun)
Instructor: Bill Wiggins
Cost: $375 (1 meal included)
Hands-on course in the proper forging, heat treating, and finishing of a knife blade. Topics covered will be steel selection, forges and forging tools, heat treating, and finishing of the forged blade.


*Please check back soon, more knifemaking classes will be added!


How to Register:

Register at the Continuing Education office located in Building 100. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm.

Mail or Fax:
Fill out CE Registration Form (Look on right panel of this screen)
Print & complete a Continuing Education registration form
Mail: 1011 Page Street, Troy, NC 27371
Fax: 910-576-5162

Call 910-576-6222 ext. 255
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MCC reserves the right to cancel a class based on enrollment.

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