• October 19, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: October 19, 2022 Time: 6 PM  - 10 PM 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! SAFETY NOTES: 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 $7.00.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 29, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: October 29, 2022 Time: 4 PM  - 8 PM 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! SAFETY NOTES: 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 $7.00.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 30, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: October 30, 2022 Time: 2 PM  - 6 PM 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! SAFETY NOTES: 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 $7.00.
  • Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: Adam's Forge Admittance: Free Note: This is not a class.

    This fall we're on a mission, a mission to hit harder, and grow stronger. The forge is making space for two power hammers, and a pair of hydraulic presses.  But before we get the equipment, we need the funds. To get the funds, we need to bring everyone together for a day of hitting it harder.

    On October 2, from 10am to 3pm we'll open the forge for demonstrations, celebration, and a silent auction.

    Come watch our Board Chair Heather McLarty form copper using repoussé techniques. Enjoy the pairing of staff instructors Dossain Valencia and Will Larranaga, coming together to create an axe. If you couldn't get into his chef knife class in August, this is a great chance to see Tom Pricone in action forging a blade.

    Support the forge by bidding on our silent auction items or donating on our website here.  All proceeds go to purchasing the equipment for the forge.   This is a great opportunity to share your love of blacksmithing with your friends and family!

  • November 19, 2022

    Fire Poker

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: November 19, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you interested in building your repertoire of fundamental blacksmithing skills and techniques? Then, this class is for you! In this class, students will learn to forge a fire poker. Trust us when we say that it's a pretty rad addition to your project line-up. Perfect for camping or if you have a fireplace or backyard fire-pit at home! The fire poker project class is specifically designed to introduce students to two fundamental blacksmithing techniques - forge welding and forging to dimension. Students will learn how to forge weld to create the poker end of the fire poker. Forge welding is the process of welding two pieces of metal together using heat and hammer and is an essential technique for when you need to join metal pieces together. It is a tricky process and our instructor will lead you through the process step-by-step to be able to successfully replicate the process on your own. In addition, students will learn to forge the handle of the fire poker to dimension. This is another essential skill and we'll teach you the tips and tricks necessary to be successful.   This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith with an interest in building skills and technique. While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken at least 3-5 project classes with us before starting this project are more successful and get more out of this class. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch. Instructor: Leif Bennett
  • Date: November 13, 2022 Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Heritage Square Museum Admittance: Free Note: This is not a class. Fire and anvil, hammer and tong! Come see the excitement of blacksmithing and team striking.  Observe copper being formed into sculptures. Watch as craftspeople demonstrate their skills in wood, leather, jewelry and glass. Add your own touch to a mosaic piece with guidance from an expert. See the "armorer to the stars" Tony Swatton and the wares he makes for film and TV. Kids can try their hands at clay forging. For an extra fee, you can give tomahawk throwing a try. Forged pieces and other craftwork will be available for sale. There will be live music from a ukulele band. Food trucks will be onsite.

      This is a great opportunity to share your love of blacksmithing and other handcrafts with your friends and family!

  • October 09, 2022 - October 23, 2022

    Integral Bolster Paring/Steak Knife

    $535.00
    Date: October 9, 16, 23, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Fee: $535 Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive Sunday morning/afternoon/evening classes.

    Day 1: 10/9/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Day 2: 10/16/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Day 3: 10/23/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Students must attend all sessions.

    This elegant knife will further refine the smith’s skills with the introduction of an integral bolster.  Not only is the bolster a beautiful detail, but it also serves as a strong transition element from the slender blade to the thicker handle, pleasing to both the eye and the hand.

    On day one, we’ll cover design considerations, forging techniques, use of the guillotine tool, filing and grinding as well as heat treating.  We’ll start with a single piece of ½ inch round, O1 steel and will be emphasizing precision forging with close attention to temperatures.  When the blades are forged to dimension, we’ll do the rough grinding and prepare them for the normalization and annealing cycles.

    On day two, we’ll drill the tangs, refine the bolster design if desired, rough-out the scales and liners, cut the pins and finish the blade grinding before getting them ready for the final heat treating.

    On day three, we’ll do the final fit-up and gluing of the scales, liners and pins, finish polishing and sanding and end with a discussion of sealing options.

    Successful students can expect to complete one 4-to-6-inch paring or steak knife.

    Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing-Full tang Utility Knife or 2 other blade classes.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • November 06, 2022 - November 27, 2022

    Introduction to Bladesmithing: Full Tang Utility Knife

    $475.00
      Date: November 6, 20 & 27 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Sunday classes. Session 1: 11-6-22 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 2: 11-20-22 from 9:00am - 5:00pm Session 3: 11-27-22 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll build on the skills you developed in previous blade classes and learn to forge and finish a full tang utility knife.  Starting with 1084 tool steel, on day 1, we’ll cover blade design, forging techniques, heat treatment and grinding.  Our emphasis will be on precise forging with close attention to temperatures, thus ensuring the integrity of the steel and minimizing the amount of grinding needed.  After forging, we’ll rough-grind the blades and anneal them overnight. On day 2, we’ll drill the tangs, cut and rough out the hardwood scales for the handles, cut the pins that will secure the handles to the tang and do the finish blade grinding before putting them back in the oven for the hardening and tempering cycle. On day 3, we’ll focus on shaping the scales and the final fit-up with glue and pins.  We’ll finish the day with sanding and a discussion of sealing options. Successful students can expect to complete one 3 to 4 inch knife. Prerequisites: The Letter Opener Discovery and the Blacksmith’s Knife or equivalent.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.
    Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program. Fee: $475
     
  • September 24, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $140.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: September 24, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • September 29, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $140.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: September 29, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • November 06, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 6, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • November 09, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 9, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  

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