Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class + See comments below

Date: May 21, 2022 and May 22, 2022

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes.  Students must attend both days.

Instructor: Francis Leidinger

Come forge kitchen utensils and barbecue tools!

In this two-day workshop, visiting artist-blacksmith Francis Leidinger of Straight Line Forge in Davis, CA will join us at Adam’s Forge to teach us how to make kitchen utensils and barbecue tools.

The class will focus on the skills and techniques required to design and make kitchen utensils and barbecue tools. Students will spend two days learning to forge forks, spoons, ladles and spatulas.

On the first day, Francis will cover how design and material choice relate to the functionality of the various utensils and will go over design variations and what works for him. Then, he will demonstrate how to forge handles for each of the utensils before letting students loose to make their own handles. After lunch, Francis will demonstrate how to design and choose material for the business end (i.e. the bowl, spoon or spatula part), and how to “dish” using both a swage block and dishing stump to create the desired shapes. He will go over the differences between working with copper, stainless and mild steel and their uses and benefits. Students will then work on their own utensils/tools and will have the option to choose their own material.

On Day 2, Francis will demonstrate how to make a fork and then how to rivet the parts together of the various utensils/tools made the previous day and students will finish making their utensils. Last, Francis will demonstrate how to put a food safe finish on the pieces.

In this workshop, students have the chance to make the utensils/tools of their choice and add whatever design elements are of interest to them. So, if you’re a whizz in the kitchen, you can choose to focus on kitchen utensils such as spatulas and ladles. If BBQ is your thing, you can choose to make BBQ tools. Depending on individual skill levels, students will come home with between 2-5 utensils plus the know-how to make all of them.

Francis has been blacksmithing for nearly 30 years and specializes in decorative functional work. We are very excited that he has agreed to teach at Adam’s Forge! You can see his work, including his utensils, on his website:

This is a two-day workshop. Students must attend both days. Class will run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch each day.

Prerequisite: This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith with at least a few project classes under their belt. All students should have basic blacksmithing skills and must have attended a Discovery class with us.