Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class

Date: September 22, 2021

Time: 6 – 10 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

In this class Adam’s Forge instructor Dossain Valencia gives a feline slant to John Drayer’s Doggie bottle opener.  You will learn how to use a slot punch to pierce steel, then drive drifts through the hole to progressively enlarge the opening.

In this case we will be using these techniques to create a bottle opener but they are essential skills for a blacksmith to understand and master to create additional projects like hammer heads, axe eyes, and a myriad of other projects from creating tooling to artistic endeavors.

In this class we will cover skills like…
Marking steel to ensure you punch in the intended location.
How to punch and pierce steel efficiently without damaging tools
Using progressively larger drifts to widen the slot to hole shape, then enlarge the hole to the desired size
Forging on the horn to chamfer internal and external corners
Using a handled ball punch
Creating a joggle in the bottle opener to make it more ergonomic

This is a fun class that will allow you practice this essential blacksmithing skill and walk away with a project and the skills to make many more.