Jake

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4.7 | 27 reviews

Jake

1156 have dabbled | 27 reviews
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4.7 | 27 reviews
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Jake McNaughton

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

ABOUT THIS TEACHER

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

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

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    Justine R.
    Reviewed on 06/10/19

    We had a group of six for our class. We all managed to leave with a completed bottle opener. Jake allowed us to run a little over the three hour time limit to get our projects done. It was very fun!

    We had a group of six for our class. We all managed to leave with a completed bottle opener. Jake allowed us to run a little over the three hour time limit to get our projects done. It was very fun!

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    Katherine C.
    Reviewed on 05/11/19

    This event was great!

    This event was great!

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    Salina P.
    Reviewed on 04/15/19

    I went to this class for my son. I was initially worried he would be the only kid. He was but he felt in no way weird about it. The teacher was very nice and helpful. It took my son a while to get in the groove and the teacher let him stay late to have some sort of a finished piece when he left. I highly recommend this class! It was pretty fun and my son has even mentioned wanting to go back.

    I went to this class for my son. I was initially worried he would be the only kid. He was but he felt in no way weird about it. The teacher was very nice and helpful. It took my son a while to get in the groove and the teacher let him stay late to have some sort of a finished piece when he left. I highly recommend this class! It was pretty fun and my son has even mentioned wanting to go back.

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    Jim F.
    Reviewed on 04/06/19

    This class was exactly what I wanted. An intro to forging with some explanation of the basics and a qualified teacher for questions and tips. The time went so quick and we got plenty of time using the forge and anvil. Everyone who wanted to left with a little piece of metal they had transformed. Worth it.

    This class was exactly what I wanted. An intro to forging with some explanation of the basics and a qualified teacher for questions and tips. The time went so quick and we got plenty of time using the forge and anvil. Everyone who wanted to left with a little piece of metal they had transformed. Worth it.

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    Katlin S.
    Reviewed on 02/11/19

    I bought this for my fiance and I to try for his birthday. He's been interested in taking a crack at forging and this was the perfect entry level class. The experience was very hands on and allowed us to dive in head first. There was a good flow to our group and we all got pretty equal time hammering away at the anvils. This class was laid back, so be ready to take charge of your own vision of what you want to create.

    I bought this for my fiance and I to try for his birthday. He's been interested in taking a crack at forging and this was the perfect entry level class. The experience was very hands on and allowed us to dive in head first. There was a good flow to our group and we all got pretty equal time hammering away at the anvils. This class was laid back, so be ready to take charge of your own vision of what you want to create.

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    Chelsea B.
    Reviewed on 02/10/19

    My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time! We learned so much and Jake was a great teacher. Highly recommend it!

    My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time! We learned so much and Jake was a great teacher. Highly recommend it!

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    Jim P.
    Reviewed on 02/03/19

    This was my first Dabble class and it was a good one. Unfortunately there were some broken pipes in the facility, and we started slowly but by the end we were all happily forging our bottle openers with excellent coaching by Jake. Good class really for anyone, I have experience with tools but even those who were clearly new to it succeeded and proudly went home with a new bottle opener.

    This was my first Dabble class and it was a good one. Unfortunately there were some broken pipes in the facility, and we started slowly but by the end we were all happily forging our bottle openers with excellent coaching by Jake. Good class really for anyone, I have experience with tools but even those who were clearly new to it succeeded and proudly went home with a new bottle opener.

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    Dave S.
    Reviewed on 01/27/19

    We attended this class on a snowy Saturday night and even though we made it in time it was a little tough to actually find the place as there was no sign with the Arts center info on it. Cool workshop, felt we had broken into an abandoned warehouse and we were using their stuff they left behind. Teacher was patient, walked us thru everything and really let us "get into it" with hammering and grinding away. NOTE: this should be a 4 hour class as it's extremely tough to finish a project within the allocated time period.

    We attended this class on a snowy Saturday night and even though we made it in time it was a little tough to actually find the place as there was no sign with the Arts center info on it. Cool workshop, felt we had broken into an abandoned warehouse and we were using their stuff they left behind. Teacher was patient, walked us thru everything and really let us "get into it" with hammering and grinding away. NOTE: this should be a 4 hour class as it's extremely tough to finish a project within the allocated time period.

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    A.J M.
    Reviewed on 01/11/19

    Fun night. Lots of useful information. Great teacher, highly recommend.

    Fun night. Lots of useful information. Great teacher, highly recommend.

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    Amy P.
    Reviewed on 12/29/18

    Great night of learning then practicing what we learned. Much hard than expected but so much fun.

    Great night of learning then practicing what we learned. Much hard than expected but so much fun.

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    Catherine C.
    Reviewed on 12/22/18

    This class was a great intro to how difficult it is to shape metal. You’ll get a chance to heat and pound metal and maybe end up with something that kinda looks like a tool/weapon. Regardless you will leave feeling like a bad ass.

    The instructor was super chill and welcomed all levels of knowledge and questions. If you go in the winter be prepared to be super cold- I don’t think the building has heat.

    This class was a great intro to how difficult it is to shape metal. You’ll get a chance to heat and pound metal and maybe end up with something that kinda looks like a tool/weapon. Regardless you will leave feeling like a bad ass.

    The instructor was super chill and welcomed all levels of knowledge and questions. If you go in the winter be prepared to be super cold- I don’t think the building has heat.

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    Gina C.
    Reviewed on 12/21/18

    What a great evening. This absolutely sparked my curiosity about forging and I certainly plan on learning more.

    What a great evening. This absolutely sparked my curiosity about forging and I certainly plan on learning more.

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    Stephanie S.
    Reviewed on 08/04/18

    The class was fun and really cool to be able to handle the tools and hot rebar. Very interesting. The class felt a little disorganized because there wasn’t an actual project for us to make. I know It’s an intro class but something small to handle during the class and take home would have made the price of the class more worth it.

    The class was fun and really cool to be able to handle the tools and hot rebar. Very interesting. The class felt a little disorganized because there wasn’t an actual project for us to make. I know It’s an intro class but something small to handle during the class and take home would have made the price of the class more worth it.

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    Sergei S.
    Reviewed on 08/04/18

    Great introduction class.
    You get to see blacksmith at work and pound hot iron yourself.

    Great introduction class.
    You get to see blacksmith at work and pound hot iron yourself.

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    Greg D.
    Reviewed on 07/28/18

    Excellent class that allows you to really get your hands into the concept of forging. The instructor was excellent and answered multiple questions throughout. Would absolutely recommend!

    Excellent class that allows you to really get your hands into the concept of forging. The instructor was excellent and answered multiple questions throughout. Would absolutely recommend!

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    Whitney M.
    Reviewed on 06/26/18

    I bought this class for my husband and I to see what the forging was all about. We watch the history channel show, so it was really interesting to see the process in real time. The teacher did a great job providing an overview of the process and let the group actually hammer on some metal and shape it. It was such a great experience!

    I bought this class for my husband and I to see what the forging was all about. We watch the history channel show, so it was really interesting to see the process in real time. The teacher did a great job providing an overview of the process and let the group actually hammer on some metal and shape it. It was such a great experience!

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    Jackie K.
    Reviewed on 03/31/18

    Class was a split of educational background and hands-on work. I would have preferred a bit more show and tell.

    Class was a split of educational background and hands-on work. I would have preferred a bit more show and tell.

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    Ryvre H.
    Reviewed on 10/07/17

    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.

    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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    Karen V.
    Reviewed on 06/21/17

    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 :)

    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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    Brandon L.
    Reviewed on 06/21/17

    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.

    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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    Tobias G.
    Reviewed on 05/04/17

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

    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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    Michael H.
    Reviewed on 03/18/17

    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.

    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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    Caleb C.
    Reviewed on 03/13/17

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

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

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    Dirk D.
    Reviewed on 02/27/17

    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!

    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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    Hallie P.
    Reviewed on 02/26/17

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

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    Damien O.
    Reviewed on 01/09/17

    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!

    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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