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Jake McNaughton

5 | 11 reviews

Chicago, IL

Jake teaches bladesmithing at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago and makes high end cutlery with Ravenswood Handforged.

Jake's Reviews

5 | 11 reviews
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    Damien O.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    Great beginners class into forging! Teacher gave a good introduction into working with metals, the tools and shared some of the awesome swords other teachers have made. Was fun trying out the tools! I was secretly hoping to come out of the class with my own masterpiece but in reality it really was an intro class as it takes hours for beginners to make anything that could possibly resemble a knife or sword!

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    Hallie P.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

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    Dirk D.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    Very fun, very relaxed but focused class on teaching how to make your own knife. This was a very good job and it was cool to see a finished product from an originally old rail tie!

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    Caleb C.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a great intro to forging, and I intend on taking more classes with this instructor.

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    Michael H.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor provided some basic info on metals, the tools and safety. Then we got down to business. Each of us got turns to work a piece of rebar, hammering it, twisting and bending it. A very good hands on intro.

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    Tobias G.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    i had fun in the class i attended and learned a few new things as well as started learning a new skill

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    Brandon L.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a fun introduction to forging! The first part consisted of an explanation of the process involved in forging, and during the second part we were able to heat and hammer pieces of rebar.

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    Karen S.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a lot of fun. The class provides a lot of history and teaching about techniques, and then at the end the group each gets a few goes at hammering :)

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    Karen W.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    The class actually has the potential to be good but was poorly organized. Set up with two (badly scratched) safety goggles to be shared among six Dabblers, and a box of unsorted gloves, it was unclear as Jake's monotone voice droned on for the first 30 minutes what we would be doing in the class.
    There were three anvils. It would not have been difficult to pair up students and set each pair at an anvil.
    Safety goggles can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.
    Each Dabbler could have left class with at least a pounded flat piece of metal.
    This class was NOT worth $35. Worst Dabble class I've taken.

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    Ryvre H.
    Bottle Opener Forging Workshop

    I've been curious about forging for a long time. This class let me learn a few different skills, and I came out of it with a functional bottle opener. I'd recommend this class to anyone who wants to get a taste of forging before committing to a longer class.

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