About Our Classes

We require new students to take one of our Discovery classes before taking any other class unless specified. So if you’re a new Adam’s Forge student, start by signing up for a Discovery class! Read about safety measures and more below.

What To Know Before You Sign Up

All Students must be prepared to wear face coverings that cover both nose and mouth. If you feel ill, please do NOT attend. Full refunds or rescheduling are available.

We require new students to take one of our Discovery classes before taking any other class unless specified. So if you’re a new Adam’s Forge student, start by signing up for a Discovery class!

​All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, although the adult does not need to take the class or open forge.

FAQ

All Students must be prepared to wear face coverings that cover both nose and mouth. If you feel ill, please do NOT attend. Full refunds or rescheduling are available.

Take a look at the CLASSES page. Sign up for one of our DISCOVERY classes. This is our entry-level blacksmithing class. This 4-hour class covers an introduction to the forge and tools, safety, and the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing. Once you have completed Discovery, you can continue with our other classes or come into work on your own projects in Open Forge.

The address is 2640 N. San Fernando Rd in Los Angeles. The entrance is around the corner. If you put “2712 Media Center Dr, Los Angeles 90065” in you GPS it should take you to the gate. You will need the code to open the gate so be sure to write it down when you receive it with the class confirmation. See below for directions.

Yes. Our class size is strictly limited and often fills up. Unfortunately, if you come without preregistering, you are taking your chances of being turned away.

If you have hearing protection and eye protection, bring it, otherwise we have for you to borrow. Also water to drink is a good idea. It can get hot! Feel free to bring blacksmithing equipment you own, but we recommend not buying your own tools until after a couple of classes so you can see what you like. We have the tools that you will need for our classes unless noted in the class description.

Cotton or wool shirt and long pants, closed-toe leather or canvas shoes. Natural fibers, NO synthetics, please.

While forge welding is part of our Tools and Techniques classes, we do not offer a program in gas or electric welding at this time. Please see our links page for the locations of local welding schools.

Adam’s Forge requires students to be at least 12 years old to take classes. Students between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while working at the Forge.
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In addition to the power tools and hot surfaces at the Forge, students will work at forges and with metal that reach 2000 degrees (your broiler is probably 500). Even black metal that looks like it is cold can still be 800 degrees. Forging is also physically challenging and while a student does not need to be particularly strong, they do need to have the hammer control and stamina to forge for the duration of the class. In our experience we have found that children younger than 12 can get frustrated during the minimum four-hour class and usually become tired before the class is over – two factors that affect their safety as well as the safety of those around them.

We would be happy to have you observe the Open Forge nights and Level 1 class to see if you are interested in what we have to offer. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, you will need to stay outside the classroom. This will limit what you can actually see, but you will get an idea of what is involved. Contact us to arrange a visit.

We do not have farrier classes at this time. The Tools and Techniques classes will teach you the skills to shape metal into a horse shoe. But not trimming the hoof and fitting the shoe.

Skill is required, not brute strength. We spend a lot of time showing you how to use a hammer to its best effect.

You will learn the skills to turn a piece of metal into a sword-like shape. Actually crafting a piece of high carbon steel with the correct temper into a sword that will not shatter with the first use usually takes years of practice. We do offer blade classes once or twice a year.
  • If you are truly interested in making a knife or other blade, we highly recommend the following:
  • Take a Discovery Class
  • Take at least one Letter Opener class. This will teach you for forge a blade shape in mild steel.
  • ​Attend several Open Forges and make letter openers until you have good hammer control and can forge the shape.
  • Then take a blade class or arrange a private class to make your blade.

Directions to Adam’s Forge

We are in the southwest corner of the building at:

2640 N. San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Directions

Turn west off San Fernando onto Media Center Dr.

If you put 2712 Media Center Dr., Los Angeles 90065 in your GPS, it will take you to the gate. Look for the LAIAC sign on the gate. You will need the CODE to open the gate so be sure to write it down when you receive it with the class confirmation.

Parking

Unfortunately, student parking in the school parking lot is not permitted. Our location is part of an industrial arts building and parking is limited to the tenets. Please do drop off your heavy tools and the park outside the school. There is a lot of parking available along N. San Fernando road on the other side of the median. Thanks for your understanding.

Safety

Metal working involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Many of the tools and techniques used at Adam’s Forge are capable of causing great bodily harm and even death (and certainly pain). Metal is hard, often sharp, sometimes hot (over 2,000 degrees F). Tools can burn, cut and abrade. These are merely examples and not a complete list of dangers. If we are all aware and use safe practices we can minimize those dangers, hence the need for a safety policy.

Each smith is responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of others nearby. Participants must have instructor clearance before they use any tool.

Required

HYDRATION: If you’re not sweating you’re probably not doing it right. Water works perfectly!

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

COTTON, WOOL, and LEATHER: Nonflammable material is REQUIRED at all times. Tee shirts and jeans are perfect.

FOOTWEAR

LEATHER, COTTON: Nonflammable and with the toes covered to protect the feet from the constant production of hot and sharp metal fragments which rain down on the feet constantly is REQUIRED at all times. A steel toe is optional and provides protection against a dropped hammer or work piece. Boots, with the pants outside the boot top will prevent the hot and sharp metal fragments from getting in and burning your feet.

Optional

GLOVES: Are optional when working at the forge. Cuts and burns are frequent when working with metal. Gloves will protect your hands and forearms. However, gloves can be dangerous when working with powered machinery that can catch the glove and pull your hand into the machine. It is recommended to have a pair available. We have gloves available for you to buy.

When working with hot material the glove should be loose so it can be quickly removed if it becomes too hot. A glove cannot be used when wet as it will transmit heat very quickly. You don’t want to steam your hand. Rubber or plastic gloves cannot be used as they will melt onto the skin causing severe burns. Gloves are not usually needed when using tongs to handle the hot material.

KEVLAR GLOVES AND MITTS: Provide excellent heat and cut protection. More expensive than leather.

COTTON mill gloves are quite acceptable although they are somewhat less heat resistant.

LEATHER GLOVES, MITTS, and GAUNTLETS: Leather provides good protection from cuts and fair protection from heat. With prolonged heat exposure they will deform. Gauntlets, also known as welding gloves, extend partway up the forearm and provide extra protection. No part of the glove should be flammable as is common with cheaper gloves which are only part leather.

APRON: An apron is optional. Excellent heat, abrasion and dirt protection. It can be heavy and expensive. Available as a full (bib) or half length.

COTTON (DENIM): Light weight, inexpensive, and provides good protection against dirt. It is poor at heat protection but adequate to start learning.