Advanced Mosaic Damascus
Class runs: April 1-5
Material fee: $200
Skill level: Intermediate and up, significant basic Damascus skill required
In this workshop Master Bladesmith Bill Burke will be guiding students through his well known “River of Fire” mosaic Damascus pattern. This is a workshop that would be perfect for any student who feels comfortable with basic ladder, raindrop and twist patterns and wants to take their pattern welding to the next level. Every aspect of making mosaic pattered material will be covered, from material selection to planning how to best utilize this material in a finished blade. There will be an opportunity to experiment and achieve different results using the same basic process. This is not a beginner pattern welding class. Students should be comfortable with making Damascus and be familiar with power hammers, presses and shop tools. The minimum prerequisite is our 3 day basic Damascus workshop.
Bill enjoys forging high performance working knives. His focus is on performance and cutting ability -- continuing to experiment and develop the ultimate cutting edge. He enjoys working with steels such as 52100 carbon steel, 5160 carbon steel and his own Damascus. In 2008, after a trip to Japan, he began experimenting with tamahagane, oroshigane, and the stunning hamon that can be achieved by treating W2 steel.Bill is well known for both his hunting knives and his kitchen knives. His work has been regularly featured in both Knives Illustrated and Blade Magazine. He was also featured on. Evening Magazine in November of 2010.