April 22 - 26, 2024


Workshop Overview

Materials Included

I have always been curious about scissors and their subtle details- perhaps you have been also? Here is your opportunity to explore this common household tool using basic anvil and bench techniques. We will base our work on typical 18th century models such as the one pictured, with 4 or 5 inch laminated blades but there is ample room to use your own styling and decoration.

They may be small, but these are a very challenging forging. Expect to practice the forgings several times before starting on a finished pair. Don’t let the small size fool you. They are a big project.

In addition to the forging there will be heat treating, grinding, filing, and the tuning required to make them cut properly. Plan on spending time at the bench in addition to the anvil. While modern scissors are often finished in precision grinding machines, we will do most of the shaping freehand, as 18th century scissor makers and grinders did.

Forge welding experience necessary


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Meet the Instructor

Peter Ross

I became interested in forging in 1970 at the beginning of the Blacksmith revival in America. At the time, most smiths were using hand tools and 19th century equipment. That approach suited my tastes and abilities, and I was able to make it a career, spending many years studying methods and tools of the 18th…

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