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Hand forged kitchen knife

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Hand forged kitchen knife

In 2024, Gwyl Roche is offering two different blade smithing courses. The first, a single day introductory course, making a decorative herb chopper ... click here to read more ...


Or, over two days, you will handcraft a six inch kitchen knife with hidden tang as described on this page. On either course Gwyl will teach you to forge, anneal, profile and heat treat high carbon steel into your blade. You will carefully grind bevels before sharpening and honing your blade in the final process. Kitchen knives will be fitted with a handmade wooden handle on the second day, seared in for a tight fit.

If treated with the respect they deserve, these tools should last you a lifetime, giving you pleasure to use everyday and taking your culinary prowess to another level.

Wernog Wood Knife Making course

17 February 2024 - Herb chopper or cheese knife

23-24 March 2024 - Kitchen knife

16 August 2024 - Herb chopper or cheese knife

17-18 August 2024 - Kitchen knife

26-27 October 2024 - Kitchen knife

28 October 2024 - Herb chopper or cheese knife

Fitting a tang into a a wooden handle

Herb chopper or cheese knife

£195 per person plus £25 materials

Kitchen knife

Join a group of up to 4 students - on published dates

£375 per person plus £25 materials


Bespoke course for 2 people  - ask for dates

£475 per person plus £25 materials

Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price 


We also offer accommodation & evening meals

Click here to see what we offer

This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience

Gwyl Roche knifemaker

Gwyl Roche has been fascinated by traditional methods of knife making for years and the satisfaction of taking simple materials to make a working tool that can be used daily.


Working from a small forge in North Wales, he uses steel specifically suited to kitchen knives and also uses recycled materials to make unique blades  designed to be used in the kitchen and for bushcraft...


Gwyl is inspired by Japanese craftsmanship and the styles of their knives. He loves experimenting with traditional techniques and consequently all of his forging is done by hand with no power hammers or hydraulic presses. 

Stories from our students
Craft courses, classes and workshops in north Wales
What a lovely place ! I received a warm welcome on arrival, then jumped straight into the knife making course. It was just what I needed, a relaxed and laid back atmosphere with great guidance from Gwyl (The tutor/master knife maker) and foremost a rewarding outcome !
Overall this is a very nice place and I will be coming back for another one of their courses in the future. I know this is a labor of love for Rob and Claire and I hope that they can build on what they have done so far ! Many thanks for the great weekend ! - Stan
Craft courses, classes and workshops in north Wales
I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to make a kitchen knife. And I'm very pleased with what I produced! I've done some green wood working courses at Wernog Wood but this was my first metalwork course. Gwyl, our knife-making teacher, clearly loves what he does; his enthusiasm, knowledge & willingness to teach complete novices was truly uplifting - Jenny
Thank you so much for this weekend, it has genuinely been one of my most enjoyable birthdays. - Jess
Craft courses, classes and workshops in north Wales
A wonderful place offering an amazing range of craft courses. Well organised, a warm welcome and delicious home cooked food. I did a two day kitchen knife making course which was amazing from start to end. - Ian
I made a kitchen knife on the knife making course. Its one of the best things I've done. It was awesome - the results that everyone got were so far beyond what I expected and the people are so nice. - Jon

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