Bowie
Damascus Bowie by Ray Rybar

Knifemaking Classes

Pieh Tool offers periodic bladesmith classes with Ray Rybar in Camp Verde, Arizona. Classes are geared toward beginner to intermediate skill levels. Blacksmithing experience is recommended. Consider taking our beginning blacksmith class first.

*All students enrolled in our classes may take advantage of store wide 10% discount on merchandise purchases made during the class session.

Exclusions: Power or Treadle Hammers, Fly Presses, Milwaukee Electric Power Tools, Jet Machinery & Equipment, Johnson Furnaces, Wilton equipment or any of the aforementioned accessories. Also excludes Classes, Gift Certificates and Sale items.

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Ray began forging blades in 1972 and joined the American Bladesmith Association in 1986. In 2001 he attained the coveted status of ABS Master. Ray works almost exclusively with patterned steel and enjoys crafting all types of knives. His favorites are long bladed and are frequently decorated with biblical passages. Ray, a contributor to Blade Magazine and a nationally known instructor.  Take this rare opportunity to learn from a true artist and master craftsman!

Artist Statement

As an Artist blacksmith, I direct my primary effort to cutlery but not exclusively. I am most known for bold Damascus patterns, and more recently, near impossibly intricate mosaics.

The Inspiration for my most sought after works comes from scripture and is centered on Biblical themes. I conduct my business under the premise that if art is your master, it will become your idol. If it is your servant, it will become your ministry.

 

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Knifemaking Class

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His course will emphasize the use of hand tools in the knife making process and will fit one handle; and if time permits, guards and ferrules. Each student will forge and finish at least one knife blade from a coil spring. His course covers proper fire procedures, blade forging of a stick and full tang and the integral bolster.

This is a hands-on course but there will be a lecture on the structure and composition of the blade material. Decorative etching, file work, mosaic and damascus will also be discussed. 

Knife Making class in Arizona with Ray Rybar.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 7 AM - 6 PM (1 Hour Lunch)


LEARN

  • Basic techniques of knife making
    How to forge from a coil spring
    Heat treating and tempering
    How to grind and shape a knife style of your choice
    How to shape and fit handle material of your choice
    How to rivet the handle
    About what it takes to do decorative etching, file work, mosaic and damascus
    About what it takes to make a sheath for your knife
    About the structure and composition of blade materials

FACILITY IS WELL EQUIPPED

  • Propane Forges, a Coal Forge, Anvils and Vises
    Swage blocks
    Sahinler Power Hammer
    TW90 Grinder, Baldor Grinder/Sander
    Chop Saw
    Band Saw
    Angle Grinders
    "The Mark" In-line Treadle Hammer
    Lots of tools

TAKE HOME 1 KNIFE

You will forge, grind, heat treat and finish one knife complete with handle.
Level is Beginner/Intermediate. Class size is limited to 6. If class is full we will contact you to see if another date will work for you.

Item #: BPRFM-Knife

Cancellation Policy:
$100 is non-refundable. The remainder of the fees may be applied to another class within 14 days notice of class date. Cancellations after 14 days prior to class are not refundable or transferable. Pieh Tool has the right to cancel a class that is not full.

General Information:
We provide a complete workstation with gas forge, anvil, tools and vise. Students should bring their own handle material, a notebook and pen. Students are required to wear safety glasses, and ear protection. Pieh Tool has a full line of blacksmithing supplies available for purchase as well.

Coffee, donuts, soda and water provided.

LODGING IN CAMP VERDE

SHUTTLE:
Daily shuttle service available to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Camp Verde. For information call 928-282-2066 or view their website at www.sedona-phoenix.com

Damascus Class

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This is a basic class.
 
Students will make one damascus billet - material will be supplied for one billet - additional material will be available for purchase if student wishes to expand ths scope.
 

Damascus class in Arizona with Ray Rybar.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 7 AM - 6 PM (1 Hour Lunch)

Topics:
Metallurgy
Metal selection
Stack organization
Patterning
Etching
Billet manipulation
 
See some of Ray Rybar's work and his resume here: http://us.kniferights.org/2017prizes/rybar_2017.htm

FACILITY IS WELL EQUIPPED

  • Propane Forges, a Coal Forge, Anvils and Vises
    Swage blocks
    Sahinler Power Hammer
    25 ton Hydraulic Press
    Drill Press
    TW90 Grinder, Baldor Grinder/Sander
    Chop Saw
    Band Saw
    Angle Grinders
    "The Mark" In-line Treadle Hammer
    Welder
    Lots of tools

    Level is Beginner/Intermediate. Class size is limited to 6. If class is full we will contact you to see if another date will work for you.

Item #: BPRFM-Dam

Cancellation Policy:
$100 is non-refundable. The remainder of the fees may be applied to another class within 14 days notice of class date. Cancellations after 14 days prior to class are not refundable or transferable. Pieh Tool has the right to cancel a class that is not full.

General Information:
We provide a complete workstation with gas forge, anvil, tools and vise. Students should bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

Students are required to wear safety glasses, and ear protection.    No sneakers - no shorts - All cotton or wool clothes

Pieh Tool has a full line of blacksmithing supplies available for purchase as well.

Coffee, donuts, soda and water provided.

LODGING IN CAMP VERDE

SHUTTLE:
Daily shuttle service available to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Camp Verde. For information call 928-282-2066 or view their website at
www.sedona-phoenix.com