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Welcome to Tharwa Valley Forge
Tharwa Valley Forge runs courses every weekend and most days of the week. We provide everyone from novices to experts with the opportunity to experience traditional crafts and to learn new skills.
Bladesmith Karim Haddad established Tharwa Valley Forge in 2003. Karim trained in the early 1990's under Australia's first Master Bladesmith, Thomas Gerner, and has gone on to use his experience as a professional educator to share his knifemaking expertise with many others. Since establishing Tharwa Valley Forge, Karim and his staff have shared the skills necessary to create high quality knives and tools with hundreds of students.
Grinding a forged blade

Featured Courses

Print Making

Fri 02-09-2022 7:00 pm - Sun 04-09-2022 5:00 pm

Over two and a half days you will be guided by artist and educator Antonia Aitken through a place-based making approach.  You will be invited to explore and interpret the site through walking, observational and gestural drawing and woodcut printmaking techniques.

Leather Bags

Fri 23-09-2022 7:00 pm - Sun 25-09-2022 5:00 pm

Learn the basics of traditional leatherwork through the process of making a leather bag. Choose from our catalogue of basic bags such as leather totes, handbags, tools bags, satchels, map cases, wallets and more. You’ll go home with a handcrafted leather bag along with the skills to make other leather products.

Suitable for adults and children age 16+

Friction Folding Knives

Fri 30-09-2022 8:00 am -5:30 pm

Introduction to making a friction folding knife in one day. This one day workshop will help you get started into making pocket knives. Knife design, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale making and sharpening are all covered.

We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own friction folder knives with minimal equipment in one day.

Japanese Razors

Mon 03-10-2022 8:00 am -5:00 pm

Traditional Japanese straight razors, Kamisori, have been used for centuries to provide an outstanding shave. Their off-set hollow ground blade make a very keen edge. This one day course takes you through the process of making two kamisori as well as a stand and a strop.

Course dates don't suit? Is the course you want booked out? Get a group of friends together and book a course when it suits you. Not only can do any of the courses we offer, you can customise them to learn things that you don't see on our website. Custom courses usually cost the same as our scheduled courses and can be run with as little as two participants. Dates fill fast, so it's better to talk to us now rather than miss out.
As one of the largest production knife makers in Australia, we've worked with a huge range of clients and made a diverse range of wonderful cutlery. Oyster shuckers, machetes, steak knives, combat knives, cleavers, cheese knives, carving swords for roast meat, champagne openers, kitchen knives... you get the idea. We provide our clients with the expertise to develop and manufacture a product that meets both their requirements and their budget.
One of the many cool things about running a Forge is the diverse range of interesting people we meet on our courses. At least a quarter of our bookings are made using Gift Certificates bought as birthday presents, anniversary gifts, rewards for employees, or as memorable surprises. We've seen some really cool and unique ways people have used our Gift Certificates. Check out some of our stories, or get your own Gift Certificate.
Our award winning bladesmiths are some of the best in Australia and hand-forge knives and cutlery every day of the work week, all year round. Some of their creations are available from our online shop with new releases every Friday at 11AM Canberra time. These pieces deliver the highest level of performance and will literally last a lifetime. If you're in Canberra, you are most welcome to drop by and make your purchase in person.

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