Prerequisite: Discovery Class

Date: July 10, 2021

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

In this Tools and Techniques class students will forge a Candlestick. The candlestick project is specifically designed to introduce students to a set of fundamental blacksmithing techniques. In addition to teaching essential blacksmithing techniques with wide applications, the objective of this class is to teach students how to:
punch round holes
upset round bar to create isolated mass
create a tenon to join two pieces of metal together

Each session in the Tools and Techniques program focuses on making one of the tools or completing one or more techniques required for certification as a beginner blacksmith with the California Blacksmith Association (CBA). Each session builds on what is taught in earlier sessions, and we recommend that students commit to taking all of the sessions to get the most out of the program. Students use tools made in earlier sessions to make later projects, and then use these tools and techniques to complete the “final” for certification.

Here is a run-down of what to expect in class:
First, students will learn to work with metal plate to create a base to hold the candlestick. Using hammer and anvil, students will learn to shape the base plate into dimensional form.
Then students will learn to use a hand held round punch to punch a rivet hole in the base plate. This base plate will be later attached to the candlestick.
Next up, students will move onto creating the candlestick from round bar. In order to be able to connect the candlestick to the base plate, students will be creating what is called a tenon joint. This is a traditional method of joinery that is both inherently strong and a beautiful design element. To create the tenon, students will learn to upset round bar in an isolated section in order to add sufficient mass to create the tenon. Once there is sufficient mass, students will learn to use a guillotine tool to neck in the tenon and a monkey tool to square up the shoulders to create a perfect joint. Then, students will learn to wrap the bar around a jig to create the candle holder.
Lastly, students will learn to join the two pieces of metal together for the finished piece. Time permitting, students will be able add decorative elements to their candlestick, such as handle with a leaf.

All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.
Tools to bring: If you have made a Round Punch or a Monkey Tool in a previous session, please bring these so that you have the opportunity to use your own tools! This will be a fun class!

The textbook for this program is “Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing, Volume 1,” by Mark Aspery.

This class runs from 9 AM – 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.