Hatchet and Sheath Building Class

Class dates and time: 

Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30-8:30pm :: SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 29th, 3-6:00pm :: SOLD OUT

What you will make: 

You will leave with a completed hatchet and sheath. You will install a brand new hickory handle onto the hatchet head and hand-make a leather sheath to fit it perfectly.

Class description:

You can’t avoid it any longer, you need to own a hatchet and if you look in your heart of hearts you want that hatchet to be perfectly balanced for throwing. This fall we will hold one hatchet class and one hatchet class only. You will hang your vintage hatchet head on a brand new hickory handle, wedge it and sharpen the cutting edge. Then you will meticulously assemble a leather sheath. Then you will no longer wonder on the mysteries of hatchet ownership. Join us or send your loved one, help us bring an end to hatchetless homes in Santa Barbara.

Bio: Patrick Melroy was taught to use an axe at the age of 9 by his papa, Merlin Orville Hawkins. His grandfather dropped a tree on the property in the early spring and sawed it into rounds. By late summer the wood was dry enough to be split for the coming winter. Melroy was trained with a nine pound sledge hammer and wedge, moving to the six pound splitting maul and finally a three and half pound single bit axe. Fires burn better when fueled by sweat and the love of your grandfather. Melroy is an artist who maintains a studio practice in Santa Barbara California, he has a surplus of hatchets and the desire to share his love of hatchets.  His master’s thesis involved teaching participants how to use axes in a museum setting.

Price:  $95 (includes all tools and materials - CA taxes are paid during checkout.)

Class location:  117 West De La Guerra St Unit C, Santa Barbara CA  93101 (map)


*Children 14 and under need an adult present and everyone is required to purchase a ticket.

*No drinking. We are operating dangerous tools

Waiting List: 

Our classes fill up quickly. To join the waiting list please send an email to info@makesmith.com with the date of your request.

Cancellation Policy: 

Refunds are credited in full, ONLY if requested 72 hours before class time. Any cancellation request within 24 hours of the class start CANNOT be returned due to the demand of the classes. "No shows", and cancellations cannot be traded for future classes.