View Full Version : Need Seattle Knife Instructor

Gabe Newell
04-06-2003, 01:34 AM
I've been taking classes at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle for forging, grinding, etc...

I've also been bringing in information about knives, forge welding, damascus, pattern welded blades, etc... Whenever I bring in a knife, I'll end up with a large crowd of people around me asking questions and bemoaning the fact that there is no one on the faculty with experience in knife making.

Would anyone be interested in doing a demo, giving a guest lecture, or teaching a class in knife making in Seattle? Daniel O'Malley at has offered to help me with my forging, but I don't think he has the bandwidth for more than 2 or 3 people.

If you're interested, or have a suggestion, please let me know.


Bob Warner
04-06-2003, 09:05 AM
What does Pratt Fine Arts teach?

Are they showing blacksmithing skills such as repousse and other decorative ironwork?

Are you looking for a demo on forging knives, making damascus or a demo on knifemaking?

I am not clear on what you are asking this demo to include.

Are you looking for a local person to hold a class or a guest demonstrator to come there and give a class at Pratt?

Gabe Newell
04-08-2003, 12:54 AM
Pratt Fine Arts is located in Seattle's Central District. They offer classes and workshops, and also provide studio rental space. There are classes in forging, welding, jewelry making, glass blowing, sculpture, bronze casting, and print making.

Pratt Fine Arts Center (

Pratt Course Catalog (

Specifically as to repousse, I haven't seen anyone doing it. Most of what I have seen for ironwork has either been sculptural or architectural.

I'd think there are two distinct groups that want training. The first is a larger group of less experienced people who'd want an "introduction to knife making" workshop. The instructors themselves would be interested in a forge welding and damascus class.

I'm flexible as far as where the person is coming from. Obviously having someone local would be better in the long run, but to get the ball rolling we'd fly someone in for weekend workshops.


04-08-2003, 04:05 PM
you might contact tom ferry - he's in auburn.

Ed Caffrey
04-18-2003, 08:22 AM

I just finished updating a page on my site concerning this very subject! You can view it from my home page, just follow the link to my home page and you will find information there on my Availability and also a page on classes that are available at my shop.