Prerequisite: Discovery Class

Date: December 12th, 2020

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

In this session, students will forge a monkey tool. What is a monkey tool, you ask? A monkey tool is a blacksmithing tool that is used to dress/ sharpen the shoulders on tenons. So, if you plan on joining two pieces of metal together using tenons, this is an essential tool!

Making a monkey tool requires hot punching and drifting an eye in a 1 inch square bar. Once you learn the technique it is applicable to any project that requires an eye. Students interested in making hammers, this class is for you! Or if you’d like to learn to punch and drift a railroad spike to make a tomahawk, this class is for you!

Please note that this class is only open to students who have already started the CBA program or by instructor approval. So if you have started CBA but haven’t made or finished your monkey tool, now is your chance! Students will be using their slot punch and drift, so remember to bring these to class! If you have not yet finished your slot punch or drift, bring what you have, we’ll have additional tools on hand to use. If you have not started CBA but are interested in this class, please contact us.

This class is the 6th session in our CBA Level 1 program. CBA Level 1 is based on standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for Level 1 (beginner) Certification. After completing the Level 1 program, students will have the skills needed to create basic blacksmithing projects and the associated tooling.

Each session in the program focuses on making one of the tools or completing one or more techniques required for certification. 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.

Prerequistes: We require that students take at least a Discovery Class with us prior to starting CBA Level 1. While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken at least 3-5 project classes with us before starting Level 1 are more successful and get more out of the program. Students are welcome to join the program after the first session up to session 5 (slot punch). After session 5, students must have already started the CBA program to join the class or obtain instructor approval.

The textbook for this program is “Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing, Volume 1” by Mark Aspery. Please refer to pages 150 – 155 for a description of the monkey tool and project details.

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