• January 29, 2022

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: January 29, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Imagine taking a solid bar and, with a few bends, creating something truly complex. The spring swage is used to make isolated designs in material. They can be round, square, or as complex as you wish. We will be using this fuller in a later class to help make the leafing hammer head. This class will go over how to calculate material for the projects you design, allowing for changes in length with changes in thickness, using mandrels to attain specified diameters, and a host of other useful information. We will then fire up the forges and should have no problem completing the project. We are only using ½ inch round material so great strength and endurance are not required.  There are no prerequisites other than the Discovery day. So if you are ready for the next step in your exploration of blacksmithing sign up to have some fun.  Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 2, by Mark Aspery, p13 This class runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm with a one hour break for lunch.  
  • January 26, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: January 26, 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.  
  • January 18, 2022

    Open Forge

    $50.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: January 18, 2022 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 working on their own thing. 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 classes, 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 You must have taken at least one Discovery class from us and be familiar with working safely.
  • January 13, 2022

    Botanical Forms

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: January 13, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf forms. The leaf motif has always been used to add visual interest to forged pieces from architectural work to jewelry and everything in between. Once you learn these techniques you can add leaves to almost all your projects. In this class we will demonstrate a variety of different leaf and foliage forms. They  can be made to look very realistic or representational depending on your preference.  This is a fun class in which you will get to exercise your creative license and let your imagination run free. Here’s a list of some of the skills you will learn in this class... Forging short tapers Isolating material with half faced blows to forge the leaf pre-form Drawing out stem material and turning it from square to round Using the pein and/or fullers to spread metal directionally and suggest vein texture Fold forming Light upsetting and drastic spreading to create the ginkgo leaf This class is a great way to practice your hammer accuracy and learn how to pre-form the steel to create the shapes you want to materialize. Think of it as a class to learn and practice making leaves that will adorn your future projects.
  • January 30, 2022

    Steel Rose

    $180.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Just in time for Valentine’s Day! In this fun class students will forge a rose from steel sheet and attach it to a forged stem under the guidance of Adam's Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian.  Amanda will be teaching a whole set of new skills including sheet work, forging, forming and texturing the petals. Students will finish the day with a lovely rose that never wilts! Keep it for yourself or give it to a special person.  The prerequisite for this class is any Discovery class. A little more time with a hammer is useful but not required. This class will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with a one hour break for lunch. The fee for this class includes 1 rose blank, additional blanks are available for purchase.    
  • January 16, 2022

    Black Cat Bottle Opener

    $150.00
    Date: January 16, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Adam's Forge instructor Dossain Valencia gives a feline slant to the punch and drift bottle opener.  In this class, you'll use a slot punch to pierce steel, then drive drifts through the hole to progressively enlarge the opening before shaping it on the horn of the anvil. In this case we will be using these techniques to create a bottle opener, but they are essential skills for a blacksmith to understand and master in order to create additional projects like hammer heads, axe eyes, and a myriad of other projects from creating tooling to artistic endeavors. In this class we will cover skills like... Marking steel to ensure you punch in the intended location. How to punch and pierce steel efficiently without damaging tools Using progressively larger drifts to widen the slot to hole shape, then enlarge the hole to the desired size Forging on the horn to chamfer internal and external corners Using a handled ball punch and a triangular fuller Creating curves in the overall shape to make it more ergonomic This is a fun class that will allow you practice these essential blacksmithing skills and walk away with a handsome piece and the skills to make many more. Prerequisite: Any Discovery or Letter Opener Class. This class is for the experienced student. Students should be confident in hammer control and basic forging skills. This is NOT a class for beginners.
  • February 20, 2022

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: February 20, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga 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 class, 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!
  • January 23, 2022

    Open Forge

    $50.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: January 23, 2022 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 working on their own thing. 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 classes, 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 You must have taken at least one Discovery class from us and be familiar with working safely.
  • January 22, 2022

    Colonial Cookware II

    $175.00
    Date: January 22, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to add hand-crafted cooking utensils to your list of special skills?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate Colonial Cookware with a mixture of mild steel handles and your choice of copper, stainless steel or mild steel ends that are attached with rivets.  Whether it’s a spoon, ladle, serving fork, strainer or spatula, the techniques are similar, and we’ll have all the tools and materials needed to get you started on your own complete set.  We’ll also include an optional wall rack to hang them on. This class will be offered in two parts, each of which can be taken separately.  In this second session, we’ll make the  Spoon, Ladle and Strainer. Skills practiced include drawing and tapering the handles, turning the scrolled ends, drilling, riveting, hot-cutting with a chisel, cutting and dressing sheet metal, precision bending the spatula and sinking the spoon shapes into the swage block. Seasoned beginners can expect to finish one implement during the class and more experienced smiths might finish two or more.  All will leave with knowledge of the skills to make more when time and circumstances allow.  These utensils can be used in the kitchen, for camping and at the barbecue.  They also make beautiful gifts! Each class will run from 9:00am-3:00pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: Any Discovery class plus 4 other classes or equivalent experience.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student who has familiarity with the skills involved and has developed stamina and basic hammer control. This class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch Fee $175.00
  • January 27, 2022

    Magic Wands

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date. January 27, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the class for you! This super fun class is a great follow-up to our Discovery class and is suitable for more advanced students as well.   In this class, students will be guided in forging their own magic wands from a 3/8" square bar.  The instructor will demonstrate various design options, including different styles of twists and surface textures.  And they'll assist students as they create their own magic.  Once the wands are made, The instructor will show students how to add an optional magic orb (otherwise known as a marble) to the top of the wand for extra special power.   Finally, they will go over finishing options. All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own magic orb, if they have one that is extra special. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM. The prerequisite is any Discovery class.  
  • February 26, 2022

    Round Punch

    $175.00
    Date: February 26, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett There is more than one way to create a hole in metal. You are likely familiar with using a drill. But what if you need to create a hole without removing too much material? A round punch is the best way to punch a hole while removing the least material.  In this class students will learn to forge and heat treat a hand held round punch out of high carbon steel. Students will start by making the struck end using the same technique as with other hand tools such as the Hot Cut Chisel. Then students will create a long round taper to create the punch on the business end of the tool. Once the punch is filed and heat treated it will be ready for use. Round punches are generally used to create the rivet holes. In fact, we'll be using these punches next month in our Mortise and Tenon Class and later in the year to create the rivet holes in several projects, including a pair of tongs. Beyond creating holes, punches can be also be used to create the nose, eyes and ears when forging animals. The round punch can also be filed to make what is called a bob punch used to make the tab required to create a functional bottle opener. Once you learn how to make this basic round punch, you’ll be able to adjust the sizing and design for your own project needs.  This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes.  Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification. Students interested in certification will be able to meet the CBA requirements to 1) make a round punch, and 2) heat treat a tool upon completion of this class. 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 several project classes or workshops with us and/or spent time in Open Forge before starting this project are more successful and get more out of this class. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.
  • February 19, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: February 19, 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 $5.00.

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