Open House

Spend the morning meeting faculty, students and see our beautiful 125 acre campus! Monday, January 18 9:00am – 12:00pm

Riddle of Steel

In this course, we will explore the history and practice of metalworking from a hands-on, practical perspective. Working with the experts at Dragon’s Breath Forge, the students will build their repertoire of metalworking skills over the first week, and will individually complete a number of simple, practical household items. During that same week, the students will see a working forge at Old Sturbridge Village to gain a connection to the historical place of metalworking in day-to-day life.

During the second week, students will focus on the more specialized skill of bladesmithing. The students will see examples of larger blades being forged and will complete a small, practical cutting tool of their own. During this week the students will also travel to see the Higgins Armory collection to see examples of the evolution of the arts of blade-smithing and armoring. Students will need to complete a daily journal of their experience including photographs, drawings and/or other media describing their experience and techniques learned. Students will be expected to produce a variety of items demonstrating mastery of metalworking techniques.

The best laid plans...

Today was meant to be our epic trip to see the Higgins Armory collection at the Worcester Art Museum. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has other plans. We settled in, safe and snug, to watch episodes of Forged in Fire (the show our instructors competed in) and had the students write up their own …

Posted by on Wednesday March 7
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Knife Making: Day 2 (Filing!)

Today a few students were finishing their blade shaping, but most of us started the day filing our knives. Whenever you forge steel, "scale" forms on the outside edges due to oxidization. Scale is FeO3, which is the same chemical composition as hematite and we need to take it off the …

Posted by on Tuesday March 6
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Knife Making: Day 1

Today we started our first day of knife making!  For this week-long project we will be using higher carbon steel which is harder to move and requires greater attention to detail during the forging process. First thing today, our intrepid group gathered for a demo of the day's activities:

Posted by on Monday March 5
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End of week 1: Through their eyes

Our intrepid smiths have survived their first week at the forge!  Most of them have finished their week one projects, and are looking forward to a weekend's rest before diving into knife-making next week.  Here are some of the images they captured:

One of our anvils:

Two of …

Posted by on Friday March 2
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Return to the Forge

Today we returned to the forge for our second day of instruction and hard work. At this point many of us have finished the skewer and "steak turner" that we have been working on and have moved on to our second household item project: a coat rack.

Here is an example of one of the steak …

Posted by on Thursday March 1
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Rest Day: Old Sturbridge Village

After a hard day at the forge, today the students travelled to Old Sturbridge Village to spend a day exercising their brains while giving their bodies a chance to rest and recover.. Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum dedicated to recreating rural New England life of the 1830's. &…

Posted by on Wednesday February 28
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First Day at the Forge!

Today was our first day at We started with a safety discussion and demonstration of the day's project.

Soon after the students were each off to their own individual anvils. The main skill we practiced today was squaring off and tapering metal stock in …

Posted by on Tuesday February 27 at 10:31PM
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Welcome to Riddle of Steel!

Welcome to the Official Riddle of Steel Blog!  Today is our first day and is being spent taking care of administrivia. Each night our students are required to submit at least 300 words about their experience that day, along with at least two photos showing the Winterim through their own …

Posted by on Monday February 26
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