Adam’s Forge is breathing life into an ancient craft. Ever since the Iron Age, humans around the world have been working metal for practical and artistic reasons. The preservation of this universal craft continues to unite people at Adam’s Forge, which maintains a safe and supportive workspace in Los Angeles for people of diverse cultures, races, and religions, regardless of their age-level, gender identities, sexual preferences, economic or social backgrounds, formal or informal schooling. At Adam’s Forge anyone can learn and practice this ancient craft. The collaboration between our board, staff, and program participants is a living testament to the fact that we all have iron in our blood.
Adam’s Forge is creating a thriving blacksmithing community through classes and events that inspire and support aspiring artists, trades people, and community. Incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2002 as a memorial to artist blacksmith Adam Leventhal, Adam’s Forge working as a cooperative of artist blacksmiths sharing knowledge, a place to work, tools, equipment and camaraderie.
Blacksmithing is a craft with a history going back to the Iron Age. It has been practiced through millennia for various practical purposes and purely as art in many cultures around the world. Many of us learn more easily and retain knowledge more thoroughly when lessons are coupled with physical activity. For instance the force of a hammer blow transferred to the deformation of hot steel is a dynamic tutorial in physics. Forging a nail can give a student a visceral understanding of how people lived during a different era. Team striking is a powerful validation of the value of cooperation.
We appreciate our partnerships with the Audubon Center in Debs Park, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Heritage Square Museum.