Make The Cut: Hand-Made Kitchen Knives

October 21, 2018 – October 27, 2018

John Phillips

This intensive workshop is an examination of the ancient art of bladesmithing, while students are learning the complexities of a basic tool most everyone uses daily: the kitchen knife. From start to finish, there are discussions on steel selection, basic metallurgy, blade function and design, shop safety, building a gas forge, how to shape steel, heat treatment and handle making. Students will leave class having completed a beautiful piece of functional art to last a lifetime. Open to all skill levels. Special Note: The class is very physically demanding, including hammering, exposure to heat, sparks and the use of other potentially dangerous methods.


John Phillips is an artist and musician who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and spends his time exploring interests in making tools as functional art with influences from the natural world and bygone eras.

John Phillips

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
  • $199
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