• July 26, 2024

    Forge Safety

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class  Please note, this class is required for all  Adam’s Forge members who wish to attend Open Forge sessions.    Date: July 26, 2024 Time: 6 pm - 10 pm Location: Adam's Forge

    This workshop is designed to introduce you to the best practices for safely using our shop equipment with an emphasis on power tools.  From the bandsaw, belt grinders, bench grinder & wire wheel to drill presses and how to safely shutdown the forges, our instructors will demonstrate proper use and guide you as you practice, learn, and finally demonstrate your ability to follow all the safety guidelines.

    Once you sign up, you’ll then take a series of online tests, which you must pass with a minimum of 85% prior to the start of your class.  Follow the online instructions to forward the test results to blacksmithclasses@gmail.com.  The on-site class is 4-hours in length and the class size is limited to 4 people.

    Please note: All workshops are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!

  • July 21, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: July 21, 2024 Time: 5 PM - 9 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this is an introductory workshop Our newest Discovery workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students alike. The project is simple, but leaves so much space for improvisation and creativity. If you want to see what you can really do, this is the workshop for you! Using 1/4” mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock to create a tool that balances neatly in your hand while in use. They’ll show you several different design options, from various twists to different punches you can use for texture as well as different types of finials.  Then you’ll move on to the little chopstick rests.  Here, you can really let your imagination lead the way!  From traditionally simple and elegant shapes to wild and wacky and everything in between, you’ll be free to create your own custom set, or maybe more if you’re swift. These also make great hair sticks, perfect for your own use, or if there is a certain long-haired person in your life you wish to impress.
  • August 10, 2024

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 10, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this workshop, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will help equip you for a Viking adventure by teaching you to make a small iron age knife.  Not only is this an attractive tool, it’s also a pleasure to make, especially for those with little blacksmithing experience.  One of the advantages of this design is that it’s a one-piece knife; you don’t have the extra work of creating and attaching a handle. This enables you to bring home a beautiful and functional finished product. In this workshop, you’ll practice moving metal to specific dimensions, tapering and turning the beautifully curved handle.  You’ll also gain experience in learning to hold awkward shapes while striking them.  Hint: using the right tongs helps! Please note: All workshops are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • July 19, 2024

    Open Forge

    $68.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class, the Forge Safety Workshop and Adam's Forge Membership  Please note: Beginning on January 1, 2024, all attendees of Open Forge sessions must have successfully passed the Forge Safety class, which is free to members and available for sign-up on the class calendar. If you wish to use the power hammers, you must have successfully passed the Power Hammer Safety class. Can't add this workshop to your cart? You can join the Membership Program here   Date: July 19, 2024 Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Location: Adam's Forge Not a class, but a swell time to get in the forge to do what you wanna do. You can bring your own material and work on your own project. This can be a chance to finish that piece you started or work out a technique you’ve been meaning to try. One of our intrepid instructors will be on hand for supervision and guidance, although these are not teaching workshops. Please note: these sessions are intended to support our students as they practice skills that are within their ability range.  Please do not use our forge and tools to experiment with new techniques that are beyond your skill level.  When in doubt, ask the instructor. As with all of our workshops, we require that students attending Open Forge sessions be at least 12 years old. A student who is not an adult (18 and older) will need to have a parent or guardian present at ALL times during the session. Thanks for thinking of safety first. Bring your own steel OR we have steel for sale at the forge: 1/4" square 3/8" square and round 1/2" square and round Sold by the foot sucker rod (higher carbon steel) sold in 7" sections
  • November 16, 2024

    Box Jaw Tongs

    $100.00
    Date: November 16, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Prerequisite: Any Discovery class Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer these CBA Level II skill-based workshops at a reduced price of $100. If you are interested in getting CBA Level certification and have not yet started, you can start with the Blacksmithing Fundamentals workshop. However, this is a great class for anyone interested in improving their skills. There are few things as frustrating in blacksmithing as not being able to hold the material securely as you forge it into shape. Holding varied material for blacksmithing requires a wide variety of tongs. To buy all of the tongs you need gets quite expensive.  Unfortunately, many sizes are just not available. For about the price of a couple pairs of tongs you can learn how to make your own! In this class you will learn how to forge the jaw to the correct shape for holding any material.  You then learn to forge the boss for smooth action and how to rapidly draw out the reins.   Riveting the two parts together to create a complete set of tongs is the next step. You will learn how to measure the material you will need and forge and set a rivet rapidly and correctly. Finally, you will learn how to adjust the jaws to firmly grip the material you plan to forge.  The tongs we are making today will hold 1/4” x 1/2” stock.  These tongs can also be easily adjusted to hold the ½” square stock we will use to make upset square corners at the end of this year. I have used this same tong making technique to make tongs to hold up to 1¼” material which is about as large as you will ever forge. Whether you plan to make all your tongs from scratch or buy them elsewhere and modify them to fit, this class will teach you everything you need to know. We are only using ½ inch square material today so great strength and endurance is not required.  The textbook for this program is Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing Volume 1, page 255 by Mark Aspery. This class will run from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.
  • September 14, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: September 14, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this is an introductory workshop Our newest Discovery workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students alike. The project is simple, but leaves so much space for improvisation and creativity. If you want to see what you can really do, this is the workshop for you! Using 1/4” mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock to create a tool that balances neatly in your hand while in use. They’ll show you several different design options, from various twists to different punches you can use for texture as well as different types of finials.  Then you’ll move on to the little chopstick rests.  Here, you can really let your imagination lead the way!  From traditionally simple and elegant shapes to wild and wacky and everything in between, you’ll be free to create your own custom set, or maybe more if you’re swift. These also make great hair sticks, perfect for your own use, or if there is a certain long-haired person in your life you wish to impress.
  • August 21, 2024

    Open Forge

    $68.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class, the Forge Safety Workshop and Adam's Forge Membership  Please note: Beginning on January 1, 2024, all attendees of Open Forge sessions must have successfully passed the Forge Safety class, which is free to members and available for sign-up on the class calendar. If you wish to use the power hammers, you must have successfully passed the Power Hammer Safety class. Can't add this workshop to your cart? You can join the Membership Program here   Date: August 21, 2024 Time: 6 pm - 10 pm Location: Adam's Forge Not a class, but a swell time to get in the forge to do what you wanna do. You can bring your own material and work on your own project. This can be a chance to finish that piece you started or work out a technique you’ve been meaning to try. One of our intrepid instructors will be on hand for supervision and guidance, although these are not teaching workshops. Please note: these sessions are intended to support our students as they practice skills that are within their ability range.  Please do not use our forge and tools to experiment with new techniques that are beyond your skill level.  When in doubt, ask the instructor. As with all of our workshops, we require that students attending Open Forge sessions be at least 12 years old. A student who is not an adult (18 and older) will need to have a parent or guardian present at ALL times during the session. Thanks for thinking of safety first. Bring your own steel OR we have steel for sale at the forge: 1/4" square 3/8" square and round 1/2" square and round Sold by the foot sucker rod (higher carbon steel) sold in 7" sections
  • August 03, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 3, 2024 Time: 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need.
  • July 27, 2024

    Blacksmith’s Knife

    $190.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: July 27, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke
    In this workshop students will make the classic “Blacksmith’s Knife” using traditional blacksmithing techniques. We will be using high carbon tool steel, the classic material for knives, and transforming it into a versatile knife with an integral handle. This knife can be used for everything from slicing cheese and fruit, to opening a package, to making life easier on your next camping trip. Material selection, design, layout, forging & grinding techniques and heat treating will be covered.
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery workshop.  Skill level: Beginner with some blacksmithing experience recommended. Students should have some experience with standard blacksmithing operations as well as blade forging.
    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal break. Please note: All workshops are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this workshop to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • July 20, 2024

    Keyhole Spatula

    $190.00
    Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Becky Schimpff Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop plus 2-3 project workshops.  The more experienced smith will get more out of this workshop. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up

    Learn to forge a keyhole spatula in this fun class taught by Becky Schimpff. The keyhole spatula is a traditional shape that was used historically for fireplace cooking, with at least one spatula in every kitchen. Come forge your own! We promise it will be a great addition to your own kitchen, bbq or camp set-up.

    Forging a keyhole shape presents a unique challenge: how do you get the metal to move into the desired shape with your hammer and anvil? In this class, Becky will introduce the concept of creating a pre-shape that allows us to isolate and then manipulate the bar to create the desired outcome, in this case a keyhole shape. This is an important concept in blacksmithing and understanding the concepts will help you as you approach your own projects.

    Once set up with a pre-shape, Becky will demonstrate how to spread the bar using the peen of your hammer. This is an excellent exercise in hammer control, and we'll spend some time looking at hammer blows and how your hammer blow impacts your results.

    Once the spatula is formed, Becky will shift to handle design. She'll show how to approach the handle and design considerations. Ultimately this part of the project is up to you, so bring your ideas and creativity!

    Lastly, we'll put on a food safe finish so your spatula will be ready to go to work.

    There is lots of learning built into this project and the skills you learn will definitely improve your blacksmithing repertoire. And you'll get to come home with a super rad spatula!

    Becky is passionate about blacksmithing education; she is currently ABANA Education Chair and a member of the CBA Education Committee. She wrote a how-to on the keyhole spatula for the California Blacksmith Magazine and her article is currently available in the complementary version of the magazine on the CBA website. Check it out here - www.calsmith.org.

    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal break.

    Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • October 19, 2024

    Copper Mask Exploration

    $225.00
    Date: October 19, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this class is suitable for beginners.  However, some hammer skills will make this class more rewarding and less frustrating.  Note: this is not a Discovery class.

    Just in time for Halloween!  Enjoy letting your creativity run while learning some of the essentials of forming copper sheet. This will be a wild workshop of taking flat sheet and making a 3-dimensional copper mask. We’ll get to use some of the wonderful tools generously donated from the estate of John Fusco.

    Adam's Forge’s own Heather McLarty and Will Larranaga will cover some of the same skills and knowledge used to form vessels, armor, the Statue of Liberty, and other sculptures. Skills include cutting and dressing the sheet, annealing copper, work hardening, using stakes and other tricks of the trade.

    This class is open to all skill and experience levels. Come ready to jump in, learn, and be creative.

    This class runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with an hour meal break.

    Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!

  • September 15, 2024

    Kiridashi

    $225.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: September 15, 2024 Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    The Kiridashi is the original Japanese utility knife that has historically been used by Samurai and peasants alike.  It’s both light and strong, suitable for a variety of uses.  If you’ve taken the Letter Opener Discovery class, this is a perfect follow up project to build your bladesmithing skills.

    Here, you’ll practice precision forging, learn some of the important considerations in blade design and have a chance to try different texturing methods.  This blade is made from tool steel, so you’ll be heat treating, grinding, polishing and hand sharpening as well.

    This class runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

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