Handle & Sheath Making Workshop


Learn to handle, adapt & protect the edges of your tools

10am to 6pm

A must-have skill for any woodworker is knowing how to look after your tools.

Spend the day making and fitting handles and sheaths for knives, spoon knives and axes. You can make a friction fit or birch bark sheath for a straight knife, a wooden swivel lid spoon knife sheath and carve and fit a handle for your knife or axe. Most people complete a handle and sheath in a day – although this does depend on complexity. Those with experience may be able to complete more than a handle and a sheath.

You could bring a single blade and carve and fit the handle before making a sheath or bring two unsheathed tools and make sheaths for both. If you’re keen to try hafting, you could carve a handle and fit an axe head as well as making a simple knife sheath.

Bring your own blades (we’ll need to see them in advance) or we can supply. Once booked, we’ll be in touch in advance of the class to confirm what you’d like to do and make sure we have the correct materials for your tools.

All courses take place at our workshop on Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London, E1 3DG unless otherwise stated

All course bookings are non refundable, and class dates cannot be transferred once booked
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