James Covert Highlands Iron Smithing
1320 W. Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382

James at Blacksmithing Bladesmith, James B. Covert, has been hand forging tools, knives, short swords, spears, and tomahawks for over forty-five years. James is a retired U.S. Army veteran, artist, potter and bladesmith who specializes in knife and tool making.

James has been actively teaching knife and tool making to children, youth, adults and older adults for the last 25 years. He has empowered many young adults in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, teaching students these traditional arts and crafts. He has been blacksmithing at the Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell, VA and the Town of Wytheville Museums as well. James teaching a child

James was featured in the book, The Wonder of Knifemaking, 2nd edition, by Master bladesmith and renowned author, the late Wayne Goddard, who was an icon in the field of knifemaking.  Goddard was highly recognized for his news articles on tips and tricks in BLADE magazine.  In 2011, James established the Appalachian 5160 Knife Club as an extension of the West Coast 5160 Club, that was originally founded by Goddard.

Wonders of Blacksmithing

James at Blacksmithing


Blacksmithing classes are available in one-on-one or group settings (minimum of 4 in a group). Students will learn through demonstrations and hands-on experience. Classes will focus on identifying high carbon steel, recognizing critical temperatures, shaping steel, hammering and filing, heat treatment processing, annealing, hardening and tempering the steel to its final stages.

Popular Classes offered:

Beginners Blacksmith

Beginner Class:Rail road spike knife with a twist in handle: 1 day workshop single or group session.

Blacksmith Beginner

Intermediate Class: Tomahawk head and basic handle: 1 day workshop single session: 2 day workshop group session.

Intermediate Class: Spear head and basic handle: 1 day workshop single session. 2 day workshop group session.

Blacksmith Intermediate

Blacksmith Intermediate

Advanced Class: Short Bowie Knife and Handle: 4 day workshop, single session only.

Blacksmith Intermediate

Other popular classes offered:

Fire pit

Charcoal, coal or propane forge building: 1 or 2 day workshop

Fire pit

Crafting different types handles for custom knives: 1 or 2 day workshop

Knife Handle

Knife Handle

Knife Handle


Knive Sheathe

Crafting sheathes using a variety of materials including leather: 1 or 2 day workshop

Knife Sheathe
Knife Sheathe






Telephone: 276-620-5309
Fax: call for fax #.

Mailing address: PO Box 1146, Wytheville, Virginia 24382

Shipping address:
1320 W. Main Street, Suite B Wytheville, Virginia 24382

E-mail: jinjer@astepaboveptc.com



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