Meet Sword Casting Guy
Greg Wenderski, the Sword Casting Guy, is a tinkerer, metal artist, sword historian, and former science teacher. He teaches two types of hands-on sword making classes that enable participants to explore themes of archaeology, metallurgy, and physics in the process of making a Bronze Age sword.
Two Types of Classes
Two Types of Classes
Aluminum Sword Casting
In our all ages sword casting class, you’ll begin by learning about the evolution of human tool making skills that led to Bronze Age culture. After hearing the stories of several swords and their roles in history, you’ll choose a wood blank from a variety of sword patterns and customize it with a belt sander and hand sanding. Next, get your hands dirty making a sand cast of the original wooden sword. This is the most challenging part of class, and concludes with the “moment of truth”, when we open your casting box and see how carefully you worked! Finally, you’ll learn about the science of metallurgy and watch as we pour an exact copy of your sword in molten aluminum! While you take a lunch break, we’ll grind your sword and leave it with a polished finish. When you get back, you’ll wrap the handle in leather and take both the finished metal sword and the wooden original home. The total price of this class is $85, and the price is per sword cast, not per person, so parents or friends are welcome to stay and help for free. Class size is limited to 18 and usually sells out, so grab a friend and sign up for your class today!
Bronze Sword Casting
Our bronze class was designed as an advanced class, so participants are more independent and carry out each step of the process themselves. Bronze melts at almost 2000° F, so it requires a hotter foundry and different tools than our aluminum class, though parts of the process are the same. You’ll begin by learning the history of Bronze Age metallurgy, then selecting a sword design from our arsenal of master swords. Unlike the aluminum class, this class does not begin with shaping your own master sword on a sander, mostly to save time in this 8 hour class.* Next, you’ll make a careful sand cast to be poured in bronze. For your personal safety, pouring the molten bronze is done for you as you watch. Next, you’ll spend several hours grinding your sword to a smooth finish using a progression of grinders, power sanders, and hand sanding. Finally, you’ll choose a hardwood handle and learn to set brass rivets using a hammer and anvil. Our bronze classes are a thought-provoking journey through time and produce high end swords that will hold an honored position in your sword collection. The total price is $275 per sword and includes all materials. Class size is limited to 10, so grab a friend and strike while the iron is hot.
*Some people choose to make their own master swords before class. To choose this option, contact us when you buy your ticket for design specifications.
I attended the all ages class on Saturday, October 21, 2017. It was wonderful. The ages ranged from 8-70 and everyone enjoyed the class. The instructor kept our interest with history facts about swords making through various ages and did an excellent job of walking us through the sword casting steps so we could each be successful. I highly recommend this class! – Dixie Carlisle Wofford, Aluminum Class
I went with my two boys to Greg’s aluminum swordcasting class and all three of us had a fantastic time. I enjoyed it so much that when his bronze-casting class came along my wife bought me a ticket as a present. Best birthday/Father’s Day gift ever! You can find dozens of YouTube videos of people building their own foundries and doing metal-casting, but nothing beats the experience of doing it alongside someone who teaches it. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or just want a (very) cool souvenir that you made yourself, I can’t recommend Greg’s class highly enough! – Stan Gunn, Bronze Class
Experience the Bronze Age
Our classes aim to recreate the key steps in making a Bronze Age sword, while making the process accessible to participants of all skill levels. In the interest of time, our casting technique uses modern equivalents to ancient tools, such as substituting propane and a venturi burner for more traditional charcoal and bellows. At each point where our process differs from that of the historical Bronze Age, we discuss the obstacles our ancestors overcame to accomplish the same task and the ingenious methods they devised to solve them. At every turn, there are occasions to marvel at the sheer ingenuity of our ancestors as they learned to harness fire and master the art of metallurgy.
All Ages Welcome
Kids and adults are equally welcome at our Aluminum Sword Casting All Ages class. While it was originally designed for kids in Ancient Civilization class, it quickly became clear that adults are just as interested as kids in making swords. These days, it draws Lord of the Rings, Forged in Fire, and Game of Thrones fans as much as it does scouts, homeschoolers, and makers of all kinds. We’ve even had three generations of a family take the class together and they all left proudly carrying their swords. And one of the fastest growing groups we’ve seeing are couples celebrating birthdays or anniversaries.