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TAG Knife Making Class at the Elm Valley Barn

Dates: June 11 – June 13, 2021

Location: Sutton’s Bay, MI

Join us for a weekend-long knife making class taught by Guild member and knifemaker John O’Callaghan at the Elm Valley Barn in Sutton’s Bay, MI. John O’Callaghan has been making knives for 7 years, first learning the trade at Half Face Blades while he was living in San Diego. John has since moved to Suttons Bay, where he is converting a 115-year-old barn into his home, shop, and studio, the Elm Valley Barn.

The weekend workshop includes rustic camping on the 4 acres with views of Grand Traverse Bay.

At the end of this workshop, you will go home with a fully functioning Chef or EDC knife that you have created yourself.

4 knife styles to choose from and an array of Handel options will be offered.

Each member will be supplied with a blank blade of their choosing and the rough materials to customize the blade, shape your handle, and pin the glue-up your finished product.


  • Friday early afternoon arrive and set up camp.

  • Friday late afternoon with a basic tool, knife, and machinery safety followed by a walkthrough of the process of knife making.

  • A bonfire Friday night and some local libations.

  • Saturday morning we will mock up the knives, customize the blades however you wish, and begin to fit out handles. We will rough shape the handle material, drill and prep for gluing, and by end of working day Saturday, glue our handles to our knives for overnight curing.

  • Sunday morning we will do our finish sanding to our handles and blades and learn the proper care and use for each blade type.



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