J started teaching classes almost a decade ago. In our field which is now full of many different pop-ups and start ups riding the wave of shows liked Forged in Fire, we're different because we have some of the longest running classes around and the experience to deliver. We hold classes year round as our schedules permit and even host classes during the week by special arrangement. We've been proud to host students from our native Pennsylvania as well as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois and Washington as well as out of country students from France, Thailand, Ukraine, Germany, Russia and Sweden! We're located outside of Middletown, Pennsylvania, just over the hill from Hershey and only about 10 minutes away from the popular Hershey Park and the Outlets at Hershey!The primary focus of our classes is not to teach artistic ability but to instill confidence and provide an understanding of the various techniques, methods, practices and science involved in creating great performing tools and knives as well as providing instruction and guidance on the use of everything from the professional quality machines to primitive hand tools utilized in their creation. Below, you'll find links to the following which includes our currently scheduled classes:
Please note, in July 2019 we added Thursday and Thursday/Friday dates to our One Day and Two Day Knife classes to better accommodate peoples schedules! Like some of you, we work weekends, too, and understand the frustration! Check the drop down boxes for all class dates under the appropriate booking link! We have also added a Damascus steel class day add-on class for our weekend classes on select dates as our schedule currently permits! More information on this add-on package can be found at the Weekend Knife Class booking page http://knifeclass.eventzilla.net!
tomahawk.eventzilla.net - Back by popular demand! This is a one day tomahawk forging class where students will start with a single billet of steel, work in tandem to punch an eye, drift it to the proper shape for a hickory handle and then forge the blade of the tomahawk.
bladeclass.eventzilla.net - The booking site for our single day class. In this single day blacksmith knife class students will learn how to forge, heat treat, sharpen steel and work leather while making a knife commonly referred to as a Viking or Blacksmith's Knife and a custom sheath. While it may seem simple, this class is all about forging and problem solving. While teaching metallurgy basics, we also stress the importance and show throughout the class how the techniques involved also apply to agricultural, structural and ornamental blacksmithing as well.
KNIFECLASS.EVENTZILLA.NET - The booking site for our full knife making class for dates remaining in 2019. The full weekend class gives students the complete experience; making two knives through both stock removal and forging, heat treating, polishing, sharpening and creating unique wood handles all over the course of two days.
KNIFECLASS20.EVENTZILLA.NET - The booking site for our full knife making class for all dates in 2020!
DAMSTEEL.EVENTZILLA.NET - For more information on our new Pattern Welding/Damascus Steel making class! This class is only available on select dates, typically once a month and is an add-on to our Weekend Knife Making Class. In this Friday add-on, you will make a bar of your own Damascus steel for use in the following weekend class!
Underhill Forge is also proud to provide our staff and facilities to Project Tyr, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization dedicated to teaching blacksmithing, bladesmithing and other traditional metal crafts with a primary focus on our wounded US servicemen and women.
Want to know what to expect? Rut and River Pursuits joined us for an entire weekend and devoted an entire podcast about their experience! Give them a listen!
If you have any questions feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com