Monday, October 26, 2015

Knife forging at MHHS Experiential Learning Week

Carter Oczkowski with elk-handled knife
Toni  Lucas

Students from Matthew Halton High School (MHHS) took part in Experiential Learning Week (ELW) from Monday, October 19 - 23. The students took a single immersive class in a option of their choice that they were then enrolled in for the duration of the week.

Knife forging gave students the opportunity to work metal.  The students had to finish two knives, one out of flatstock and the other out of another metal such as rebar or wire.  Students had to chose their own design and then forge, heat treat, sharpen sand and hone their own blades.  Many chose to attach a handle, and a few chose to attach their blades to a long handle, making spears.

Carter Oczkowski completed three blades

Jillanna Hammond and Monica Simpson show off their blades
The students were justifiably proud of their work and the skills they learned in the class.  Many took their projects along when they went to watch the soapbox races before heading back and putting the finishing touches on their work.

Travis Stushnoff and Mac Reed with spears
Fall 2015 ELW programs and activities included:  Sewing, Ultimate Frisbee, Butcher, Edible Gifts, Film Study, Animal Care, Drama, Basketball/ Volleyball, Hockey, Junk Yard Wars, Outdoor Survival, Knife Forging, Painting/ Drawing, and Photography.

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