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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Norwegian Tollekniv: From Forge to Finish

Course Overview

Tollekniv comes from the old Norse words "talga"—to work wood with an edge tool—and "knifr," knife. The tollekniv comes in many different shapes and styles depending on region. There are several different types of knives in the kitchen; the same is true in a woodshop; for example, a utility tollekniv might not be the best knife for carving a spoon. In this course, students will be forging the blade and carving the handle of a tollekniv for the belt—one you carry with you all the time—perfect for sharpening your pencil and also for more rough work out in the forest or on the farm. When you get used to wearing one you will feel naked without it!

Students will start by forging, heat-treating and grinding a laminated blade in the blacksmith shop. Then they will fit and shape a birch handle to a leather seat so it fits with an audible “snap”.  The sheath will be made of wood and leather, and the wood will be exposed on the bottom in the Sámi style (albeit with wood instead of bone). Students will have the opportunity to carve and paint their handle; creativity is encouraged in this course!


Mon, Jun 24th, 2019  –  Thu, Jun 27th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 16+
Tuition: $555.00
Materials fee: $175.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • safety glasses
  • cotton clothing
  • dust mask
  • leather gloves

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
  • blacksmithing hammer
  • leather apron

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Kjetil Groven
Kjetil Groven
Rapid City, SD

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Norwegian Tollekniv: From Forge to Finish - 6/24/2019