Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take.
Date: March 11th, 2021
Location: Adam’s Forge
Start Smithing! The Ancient DIY Craft.
Not sure what blacksmithing is or if you’re really interested? This class is for you! Come watch a demonstration and then give it a try in the forge with the help of one of our intrepid instructors.
The pre-industrial art of blacksmithing has existed since the ancient times – copper making at high-temperature dates as far back as 5,000 BCE!
Projects are simple and will give you a taste of what hot forging is about. In this 4 hour class you’ll get an introduction to our forge and tools, learn how to work safely, and learn the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing. And you’ll come home with a useful item that you forged on your own!
Come discover blacksmithing for yourself!
Metalworking involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Many of the tools and techniques used at Adam’s Forge are capable of causing injury. 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. The minimum age to register for this class is 12 years old. All students between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult while at the Forge.
HYDRATION: If you’re not sweating you’re probably not doing it right. Please bring something non-alcoholic to drink. Water works perfectly!
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING (COTTON, WOOL, or 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.
Tools and equipment are provided without extra charge.
Eye protection is mandatory. Please bring your own safety glasses, or we can provide a new unused pair at no additional cost.
Gloves are optional. We recommend that you bring a pair in case you have trouble getting hot pieces in and out of the forge. If you decide you need a pair on the day of your class you can purchase them from Adam’s Forge for $5.00.