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This summer Tom and Kitty Latane will teach classes again at Gary Hill's blacksmith shop Raspberry Island on Big Sandy Lake, north of McGregor. He has some opening for the classes. Norwegian knife maker Kjetil (KJ) Groven coming to teach how to make traditional 3-layer Norwegian knifes with sheath.  Please contact Gary Hill ( for additional information.

TAPERED SOCKET HEWING HATCHET(or Battle Axe Option) - June 12,13,14

Tom Latane will be teaching a three day class on Making a Norse hatchet with tapered socket eye. Students will work in pairs striking for each other to produce an axe with a tapered socket eye for each participant . The design is a modification of a pattern developed by Håvard-Bergland to reproduce a 17th century battle axe belonging to his family. The battle axe would be an alternative option to the hewing hatchet.

The socket will be forged from 3/8" x 4" stock and the forge welded socket will be welded to the blade (1/2" thick) with a high carbon bit welded in place. (some experience forge-welding would be helpful). Axes will be pickled in vinegar, filed, and punch decorated (if desired) before hardening and tempering.

Course fee: $225 plus materials fee. Limited to 12 students.

TIN SMITHING CLASS - June 12,13,14

Kitty Latane will be teaching tin smithing classes on the same dates as Tom's class. Projects will include such things as cookie cutters, cups, ornaments etc.

Course fee: $75/day (includes all materials and tools) Limited to 6 students.


AcclaimKjetil Groven, Norwegian knife maker, will be teaching a class and the description is as follows:
In this 3 day class, we will forge traditional Norwegian 3-layer knife blades. The blades will be heat treated and ground. Next the blade will be set in a wood handle shaped and stained. If time allows, a traditional leather sheath will be made, but if not, all the steps to making the sheath will be demonstrated so that students can finish the sheath on their own, if needed.

Course fee: $225 plus materials fee. Limited to 12 students.

Primary Lodge Meeting Location:   Isle Rec & Ed Center (IREC)
MN Highway 27 & Mille Lacs Ave.   Isle, MN 56342

Lodge Mailing Address:
Tusenvann Lodge 1-659               33683 Dove Street                                  Aitkin, MN  56431

Primary Contact:
Gary Heimark, President (2017-2018)
Phone: +1 (218) 927-6557 

Alternative Contact:

Ann Kern, Secretary (2017-2018)
Phone: +1 (763) 389-2393