• December 12, 2022

    Private Discovery Bottle Opener Class

    $2,000.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 12, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle 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. This 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 handle, you'll learn about shaping a square rod into an octagon, or if you prefer, a round, tapered bar.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your bottle opener.      
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: August 31, 2022 Time: 10 AM - 2 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.  
  • December 28, 2022

    Private Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $1,500.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 28, 2022 Time: 3 PM - 7 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. This 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date:April 12, 2022 Time: 1 PM - 5 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. Note: This class is a prerequisite to all blade classes.  
  • Date: May 31, 2022 Time: 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this presentation, Adam's Forge instructor Dossain Valencia will give a brief discussion of the role of the blacksmith in Colonial America, followed by a live demonstration of forging a keyhole spatula.  This will be followed by a question and answer period.  There will also be examples of his hand-forged and filed reproductions of Colonial American tools and implements.
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 9, 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 8, 2022 Time: 12 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle 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. This 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 handle, you'll learn about shaping a square rod into an octagon, or if you prefer, a round, tapered bar.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your bottle opener.      
  • December 20, 2022 - December 21, 2022

    Forest Axe

    $475.00
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery class plus successful completion of Introduction to Bladesmithing or equivalent.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval. Date: December 20 & 21, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two consecutive days. This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am.  Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 8 hours with an hour meal break.

    This is a small, light hatchet suitable for hiking, camping and medium-duty landscape work.  In this class, we’ll cover axe design and nomenclature, tooling, punching, and drifting the eye of the axe, and forging the blade to dimension.  We’ll also learn and practice team striking.  This will be followed by rough grinding, heat treating, finish grinding, polishing and finally, fitting the handle.

    This class takes place over two 8-hour days with an hour meal break.

    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner

    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!  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 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.  
  • March 08, 2022

    Private Tutorial

    $250.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: March 8, 2022 Time: 4 pm - 6 pm Location: Adam's Forge This is a private tutorial session for Srinath Samudrala.  We will focus on specific properties of high-carbon steel in relation to forging blades.  Hammer technique, blade shape and attention to forging temperatures will be emphasized.  This session is intended to give the student enough guidance to enable him to practice in Open Forge sessions with only minimal supervision.
  • January 08, 2023

    Integral Utility Knife

    $225.00
    Prerequisites: Discovery Letter Opener plus one or two other blade classes.  This class is suitable for a seasoned beginner and will require stamina and good hammer control. Date: January 8, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Kember Feuerzeig, winner of the 2022 Battle of the Bladesmiths at the New England School of Metalworking will teach a one-day, Integral Utility Knife featuring a scrolled lanyard loop.  As with all our blade classes, we’ll be focusing on forge-to-finish techniques, with minimal need for grinding.

    Starting with high carbon steel, Kember will demonstrate the process of forging the set-downs, tapering, drawing out the blade, shouldering and scrolling the lanyard loop.  You’ll practice traditional heat treating and grinding the bevels before final hardening and tempering.

    This class runs from 9am - 5pm 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!

  • January 14, 2023

    Scrolling Tongs

    $190.00
    Date: January 14, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this session students will learn to forge a set of scrolling tongs. You'll learn to forge the jaws, create a joint for smooth action, draw out the reins, rivet it all together and then adjust it to your hand. Students of the CBA courses will be using the round punch forged in session 3 to punch the holes for the rivet to hold the tongs together, so bring your round punch if you made one!  Scrolling tongs are used to bend or scroll metal without marking or damaging the surface. In fact, you may have used scrolling tongs to help make the barn hook project in Discovery class! Scrolling tongs are so essential that every blacksmith has at least one pair.  This is the 7th session in our year long 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. Students who completed our Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I will have satisfied 5 of the requirements for CBA level I certification and this class will satisfy another requirement. 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.  The textbook for this program is Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing Volume 1 by Mark Aspery. This class will run from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch. 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!

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