• Date: May 12, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener, Power Hammer Safety,  plus one or two project classes. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    Join us to create a blacksmith knife with the assistance of the power hammer.  This is a high carbon steel knife made from 80CRV2 steel.  This is your chance to safely use the power hammers. The drawing out of the handle of this knife takes about 30 minutes of heavy hitting with a hammer on the anvil. With the power hammer, it's done in a few minutes with little physical exertion on your part.

    We start this class by reviewing how to use the power hammer in a safe and effective manner.  While it can rapidly move metal with little effort on your part, it can also crush your project into a pretzel just as quickly.

    Then it's time to start the knife by drawing out the steel on the power hammer creating the handle.  The 4-inch blade section is then forged on the anvil; the power hammer will not help us here. Getting the correct taper and choosing your knife’s point will be discussed and demonstrated.  Once all is forged and rough ground, hardening is done at the forge: heating the blade to the correct temperature and quenching in oil to harden the edge. Tempering the blade to improve the toughness comes next using an oven.  Then to the powered grinders to grind, polish, and hone the edge to your chosen sharpness.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we’ll be following up with leather sheath workshops in the very near future, so keep your eyes open for that.  You will leave with a complete knife, ready to use.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need. However, if you happen to have the following, please bring them so that you have the opportunity to use your own!

    Coarse files (i.e. 12-inch Heavy Duty Set from Harbor Freight)

    Tongs for ¼” x ¾” stock

    Class starts at 9 am and runs to 3 pm with an hour for lunch 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!
  • April 27, 2024

    Power Hammer Safety

    $95.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: April 27, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 11 AM Location: Adam's Forge

    Please note: Successful completion of this workshop is a prerequisite to any power hammer workshop and for any members who wish to use them in an open forge session.

    Learning how to safely operate a power hammer is a big milestone for any blacksmith looking to expand their knowledge of serious blacksmithing tools. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the best practices and safe operation of our power hammers. This two-hour course consists of a lecture to explain the mechanics and theory behind the power hammer to make sure students understand the do’s and don’ts!  Following this we will spend time forging our first practice pieces under the hammers to get a feel for how they handle and operate.

    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!  
  • May 11, 2024

    Power Hammer Safety

    $95.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: May 11, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 11 AM Location: Adam's Forge

    Please note: Successful completion of this workshop is a prerequisite to any power hammer workshop and for any members who wish to use them in an open forge session.

    Learning how to safely operate a power hammer is a big milestone for any blacksmith looking to expand their knowledge of serious blacksmithing tools. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the best practices and safe operation of our power hammers. This two-hour course consists of a lecture to explain the mechanics and theory behind the power hammer to make sure students understand the do’s and don’ts!  Following this we will spend time forging our first practice pieces under the hammers to get a feel for how they handle and operate.

    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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