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Tommy McNabb
03-26-2003, 07:58 PM
The North Carolina Custom Knifemakers Guild in conjunction with Montgomery
Community College sponsors the following classes:
Course: Grinding Knife Blades
Dates: June 27-29, 2003
Cost: $240
Instructor: Ed Halligan
Description: Students will learn fixed blade design and how to
hollow grind and flat grind knife blades. Ed will teach students how to
heat treat, make bolsters, guards, and handles. He will also
demonstrate handle finishing and carving.

Course: Custom Folding Knives
Dates: July 24-27, 2003
Cost: $315
Instructor: Ed Van Hoy
Description: This class will teach students how to make a custom
folding knife. You will learn how to design, grind parts and make
handles for the folding knife that you will finish in class.

Course: Metal Engraving
Dates: July 25-August 2, 2003
Cost: $60
Instructor: Howard Peacock
Description: Contact Montgomery Community College
(910-576-6222) for more information.
Course: Powder Damascus Steel
Dates: August 1-3, 2003
Cost: $240
Instructor: Ron Newton
Description: Have you ever wondered how the modern mosaic
Damascus is made? Enter the exciting new field of making abstract
or intricate patterns in steel with metallic powders. You will make
powder Damascus steel with tools found in a blacksmith or
bladesmith shop. We will deal with three shades of color black,
gray and white. These techniques may be incorporated into
jewelry, knife blades and knife fittings.

Course: Basic Knife Making
Dates: September 18-21, 2003
Cost: $315
Instructor: Tommy McNabb
Description: In this course the students will learn knife making by
designing and making a knife themselves under the guidance of the
instructor. Each student will grind, heat-treat and finish a knife using
the stock removal method of knifemaking. This class is for beginners
to intermediates that want to perfect their knifemaking talents.

Course: Forged Tomahawks
Dates: October 10-12, 2003
Cost: $240
Instructor: Wayne Whitley
Description: During this course the students will learn how to forge
and finish an early American tomahawk. This class will include
forging, grinding, heat-treating, and finishing the blade and handle of
the tomahawk.

All classes are at:
Montgomery Community College; located in Troy, NC.
Lodging is available in Troy or in neighboring Albemarle, NC.

The Guild also sponsors an annual all custom knife show. The SouthEastern Custom Knife Show takes place on the Saturday and Sunday following Labor Day. It is
held in the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston Salem and is an international event with makers from Japan, Australia, Russia and South Africa.

For additional information on the classes or on the custom knife show, please contact:
Tommy McNabb at 336-759-0640. E-mail:

? 2003 North Carolina Knifemakers Guild

Andrew McLurkin
03-27-2003, 08:38 AM
Thanks for posting the class schedule Tommy. The engraving course looks very interesting. Great Stuff!!!

03-28-2003, 06:55 PM
Hey guys don't hog all the spaces in the engraving classes. John and I both are going to enroll. Printing my registration form today. Hey Tommy, Ron Newton would get a kick out of me taking an engraving class since he knows I can't even cook so me with sharp, pointy, little instruments that will cut metal could be dangerous.

See you guys at the meeting.


06-05-2003, 04:56 PM
I was wondering if someone out there could tell me which class would be better for a beginner to take.

The one in June vs Sept.

I was not sure if the one offered in June will also include making a blade from raw materials as described in the Sept class synopsis.

Thanks in advance,


Andrew McLurkin
06-05-2003, 07:04 PM
Bill, I'm hoping Tommy McNabb replies as he knows better then I do whats being offered. I just wanted to reply to say that you can't go wrong with either class. I've taken two classes and got tons out of both.

I think Tommy's class will focus more on the nuts and bolts while Ed's class has a broader focus. If you don't get other replies feel free to email Tommy at

John McPherson
06-08-2003, 09:43 PM
Jakedog, Tommy's class in Sept. would be better for a total newbie. I took Ed's class a few years ago, and it was great, but a bit beyond basic info. It would probably be a better second or third class to take.

They are both excellent instuctors with a LOT to teach.

Hope this helps.