Have you ever thought of learning to make a knife?
A few times a year a group of new, amateur, professional, and seasoned knifemakers all trek from around the globe to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Within ten miles of the blue waters of Lake Michigan, they glue, grind, polish, sharpen, and clean knives, while enjoying the skillful art of knifemaking and camaraderie.
This is no ordinary day at Bark River Knives. This is a Grind In.
Bark River Knives prepares by closing the shop early on one of these Fridays, and hosting a wonderful dinner to discuss and prepare everyone for the weekend to come. Bring your own design, or have our skilled workers help craft a knife of your dreams from one of our own designs. Pick out handle materials from an enormous selection, and you're off to learn the trade. Afterwards, take part in a great banquet dinner at the Terrace Bay Inn just near the tranquil waters of the Lake. On Sunday? You can even make another knife.
Dates for the 2017 Grind-ins are as follows:
- March 17-19 (Pictures from past Grind-Ins)
- June 16-18 (Pictures from the past Grind-Ins)
- September 15-17 (Pictures from the past Grind-Ins)
Who can Attend? Anyone of any age! We recommend for a child to be at least nine years old before they make their first knife, with close supervision. This is an event for people who are interested in the skillful art of knife making. These blades, handle materials, and etches pictured here are only available during grind-in times. We do not stock this material all the time.
Traditionally we give away these Awards, both in Honor of who they are named and for a bit of Fun:
Richard C. Osbourn- Builders' Choice
Jerry Lamenka- Most Innovative
Top Kitchen Knife
Custom Knife Makers
The price for the Grind-In is $300. This includes dinner on Friday night, lunch and dinner at the Terrace on Saturday night, and your first knife. This covers: A blank, Standard Pins and Micarta or G-10 handles. Woods, Burls, Liners, Corby Bolts and Mosaic pins typically are an upcharge.
The banquet and awards' presentation will be held on Saturday night after dinner.
Another knife being made Late Saturday or Sunday afternoon is $100 Plus any Materials used.
Have a knife you want to bring to work on? $45 covers most modifications, including convexing. Rehandling Projects will be decided at the Discretion of Jacquie Stewart.
For More information Call: (906)789-1801
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