• August 17, 2024 - August 18, 2024

    EDC Knife with Ben Abbott

    $800.00

    Date: August 17 & 18, 2024

    Time: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Ben Abbott

    Please note: This workshop takes place over two consecutive days.  

    Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up. This workshop will require skills on the anvil and experience on the grinders to get the most out of Ben’s instruction.

    An EDC knife is an everyday carry knife. It’s the most reliable one that you keep on you all the time. The EDC is light, small and practical. Every bladesmith has their own take on how they forge these and now is your chance to learn from Ben Abbott, the undefeated Forged in Fire champ, on his approach to forging this indispensable piece.

    This knife is the perfect size for everyday use, from opening boxes to cutting birthday cake!  We will go through forging, grinding and heat treating, plus handle design and ergonomics.

    This workshop will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm 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 time period 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!

     
  • August 12, 2024 - August 13, 2024

    Malay Parang Chopper with Ben Abbott

    $800.00
      Date: August 12 & 13, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott Please note: This workshop takes place over two consecutive days.  

    Skill Level: Intermediate and up.  This workshop is suited to the smith who has stamina, confidence and experience with bladesmithing.

    You’ve watched Ben Abbott triumph undefeated on Forged in Fire. You’ve worked on your hammer control and perhaps practiced forging blades yourself. Now sign up for the ultimate culmination of the two. This is your chance to learn from Ben himself and forge your own Malay Parang Chopper under his tutelage.

    This small machete from Malaysia is an indispensable tool for yard work, bushcraft and camping applications.  Big enough to chop and clear brush but lean enough to slice and cut food.  Over the course of two days, we will forge and grind the blade, and attach the full-tang handle, working closely with Ben. Go home with your new tool, new knowledge and experience that will raise your work to a new level.

    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!

     
  • Date: August 14, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 9 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott

    Join us at Adam’s Forge for a night of excitement and hot iron as we welcome Forged in Fire’s nine-time champion and judge Ben Abbott! Watch how it’s really done as Ben hand forges a Celtic ring knife. Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable evening that will leave you inspired for the next time you come back to the forge.

    The Celtic ring knife was a symbol of an individual’s freedom in medieval Europe among the Celtic people. Used as a personal tool or back-up weapon, these knives were very important in iron age cultures.

    This event runs from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.  Feel free to bring snacks if you wish. 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!
  • August 16, 2024

    Tomahawk with Ben Abbott

    $400.00
    Suggested skill level: Seasoned beginner and up. This is a fast-paced class and we'll be moving plenty of metal. This workshop is suited to those with stamina and experience with high carbon steel. Date: August 16, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott The tomahawk is an icon of the old west and the mythical mountaineers of early America. Used and traded among settlers and Native Americans as tools they were extremely important on the frontier. Blacksmiths that knew how to forge these tools were invaluable to individuals facing the rugged wilderness of the new world. Now we get to see it forged to life by Ben Abbott at Adam’s Forge. Join us for a workshop that will elevate your skills at the anvil as you learn from the Forged in fire champion and judge. This workshop will test what you already know and present you with new skills to master. Forge welding and hammering to specific dimensions will be necessary to follow along with Ben.

    You’ll learn to pre-shape a steel bar, set a wrapped-eye forge weld, and do a quick, competition-style quench and temper.

    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 20, 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: July 20, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 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

    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: July 27, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 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.
  • Date: October 26, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke 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. In this class, students will learn to make a scrolling wrench, also known as a "dog wrench" or bending fork. This is a specialized tool used to help forge scrolls and/or make or adjust controlled bends. If you haven't noticed yet, scrolls are everywhere in ironwork. And to make the perfect bend, you'll need to know how to make just the right tool! Did you ever want to just grab the iron and push, pull, or twist it to where you wanted to go? Naturally, with red-hot steel this can be difficult. What you need is a tool specifically designed to grab the material and control it from a distance.  In this class you will learn how to forge a scrolling wrench out of mild steel. First learning to isolate and move metal in the middle of the bar to create the lower jaw of the wrench using a fullering tool. Then you move on to forging the end of the bar to a specific dimension to create the 1/2" wrench.  You'll create an end treatment for a handle. In this tool you will forge an eye by drawing out and bending the end into a circle. This allows the tool to be hung from a nail. This is the same technique you would use to make an eye on the end of a spoon or ladle and also to forge an eye bolt. Lastly, you will learn to case harden the faces of the tool.  We give you the material to make a pair of them so you will be all set in your further forging adventures. With this tool you are able to move stock at the angle and in the direction you want. They are essential for making scrolls and fitting them into position. We also use them for adjusting the handles of tongs. You will get to try them out today, if you have time, making a ribbon scroll.   Gary will be teaching both the making of tongs and many other scrolls later this year. Prerequisites: Any Discovery Class and basic knowledge of blacksmithing. You should have taken one or two other tool making classes prior to this one.  Suggested tools: Set of large coarse files.  The Harbor Freight Tools: 12 inch heavy Duty File Set, 4pc, ($12) is perfect.  If you don’t have these, we’ll supply them. Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 1, by Mark Aspery, 139 – 148. 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!
  • July 20, 2024 - July 21, 2024

    Chasing and Repoussé

    $298.00
      Date: July 20 & 21, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is an introductory class; no prerequisite is required. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm Instructor: Heather McLarty Students must attend both sessions. Experience transforming flat sheet metal into three dimensional sculpture using the techniques of repoussé and chasing. These techniques have been used for centuries in many cultures to express the ideas of makers, from jewelry, sword fittings and armor to the Statue of Liberty!   Students are encouraged to design their image and get input from the instructor beforehand. Your sketch should fit inside a 3 or 4 inch square.  Designs may be representational or abstract. We will start with an explanation of the various approaches and talk about design. After a bit of demonstration each student will design and execute their work in sheet copper. We will use pitch in part of the process. There are so many options, come try it for yourself! The fee for the class includes copper sheet. Pitch, pitch bowls and tooling will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring any tooling of their own (such as chasing hammers) but it is not necessary. Heat sources such as heat guns and plumber’s torches will be shared. If you have a heat gun, please bring it.  
  • September 21, 2024

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

    $100.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: September 21, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke 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. 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. 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!
  • August 31, 2023 - September 02, 2023

    Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I

    $490.00
    Date: August 31, September 1 & 2, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Instructor: Dossain Valencia Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: Any Discovery Workshop. Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive days. Session 1: 8-31-24 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 2: 9-01-24 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 3: 9-02-24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll make a set of essential tools of the blacksmith’s trade.  More importantly, with the skills you acquire, you’ll be able to make all kinds of custom tools: punches and chisels for eyes, ears, fins, scales and more.  You’ll make a center punch, scribe, round punch, hot-cut chisel and a very handy set of dividers that can be used with one hand. You’ll learn how to forge, and heat treat tool steel, how to maintain and dress your tools as well as some of the finer points of tool design. For those interested in obtaining CBA (California Blacksmith Association) level I certification, successful completion of this class will satisfy 5 of the requirements needed. To quote one of our instructors: ‘Blacksmithing is a superpower.  I get to make tools that other people have to buy.’ 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 28, 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: July 28, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 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 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 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!

  • August 15, 2024

    Tomahawk with Ben Abbott

    $400.00
    Suggested skill level: Seasoned beginner and up. This is a fast-paced class and we'll be moving plenty of metal.  This workshop is suited to those with stamina and experience with high carbon steel. Date: August 15, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott The tomahawk is an icon of the old west and the mythical mountaineers of early America. Used and traded among settlers and Native Americans as tools they were extremely important on the frontier. Blacksmiths that knew how to forge these tools were invaluable to individuals facing the rugged wilderness of the new world. Now we get to see it forged to life by Ben Abbott at Adam’s Forge. Join us for a workshop that will elevate your skills at the anvil as you learn from the Forged in fire champion and judge. This workshop will test what you already know and present you with new skills to master. Forge welding and hammering to specific dimensions will be necessary to follow along with Ben.

    You’ll learn to pre-shape a steel bar, set a wrapped-eye forge weld, and do a quick, competition-style quench and temper.

    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!
  • November 29, 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: November 29, 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!

  • November 29, 2024 - December 01, 2024

    Honesuki Style Knife

    $600.00
    Date: November 29 & 30 & December 1, 2024 Time:  9AM - 5PM Location: Adam's Forge Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes. Please note: This workshop takes place over three consecutive days. Each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm with an hour meal break. Students must attend all sessions.

    Fresh from Two Fish Cutlery comes Tom Pricone’s newest interpretation of a culinary classic, the Honesuki.  This Japanese boning knife is popular among chefs and home cooks thanks to its nimble geometry and very fine edge.  It’s also versatile enough to use for filleting fish, slicing meat, and dicing veggies.

    At 6-3/4 inches, this is smaller than a chef’s knife, yet the perfect size and shape for most food prep.

    In keeping with our overall approach to blade smithing, the emphasis in this workshop will be on forged to finish blades with minimal stock removal necessary. The impact of design choices on overall functionality, balance, wrist, and hand fatigue will also be explored.  From forging to heat treating, grinding, polishing, handle construction and fit-up, students will have clear instruction and expert assistance each step of the way.

    Rugged, refined, respected.  This cutlery exemplifies functional, elegant beauty.  If you’re serious about making knives, this class is not to be missed!

    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: Any Discovery Class Date: November 24, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is another fun class in which you can make something both useful and beautiful for yourself or as a gift. Forging steel tubing opens lots of possibilities in both form and function.  It’s an example of the wonderful things that are possible when you use traditional smithing on modern industrial steel. Skills utilized in this class include using the guillotine tool to neck down and shrink the tubing, using the horn of the anvil to shape and flare the candle cup, cutting the material with a hacksaw, twisting in the vise and using different hammers to create texture. The instructor will demonstrate various different techniques and then you'll be free to create your own unique piece.  This is a class that has something to offer everyone from beginners to more advanced students. 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!
  • November 23, 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: November 23, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 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.
  • November 23, 2024

    Steel Rose

    $200.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: November 23, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up In this fun workshop 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 workshop runs for 6 hours, including a one hour meal break. The fee for this class includes 1 rose blank, additional blanks are available for purchase. 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!
  • November 17, 2024

    Fish Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: any Discovery class. Date: November 17, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian This class is a great follow-up to a Discovery class.  Here,  you’ll use some basic forging techniques to sculpt something both creative and useful.  Using bar stock, a rounding hammer and the horn of the anvil, you’ll shape the graceful curves that make this tool a pleasure to hold.  With some of our hand forged custom punches, you’ll give your creature of the deep character and features to make it unique. Skills used in this project include: Tapering Forging on the horn of the anvil to create curves and chamfers, making it ergonomic Hot punching with several different punches Forming the opener end around a mandrel This is a good class for beginners and makes a great present! 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!
  • November 16, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: November 16, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle 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 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it.
  • November 15, 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: November 15, 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!

  • November 10, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: November 10, 2024 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle 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 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it.
  • November 10, 2024 - November 11, 2024

    Introduction to Damascus Steel

    $650.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Dates & Times: November 10, 2024 from 9:00am - 5:00pm November 11, 2024 from 10:00am - 4:00pm Students must attend both days. Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia Prerequisites: Any Discovery workshop plus a Power Hammer Safety Workshop.  Previous experience with forge welding is recommended. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer. In this workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in making a pattern-welded Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers & hydraulic press to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, preliminary etching to reveal the pattern will be addressed, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 8 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2 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!
  • November 09, 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: November 9, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 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.
  • November 09, 2024

    Celtic Trivet

    $210.00
    Date: November 9, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class. This class is most suitable for the advancing student 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. This beautiful piece will literally elevate your dining experience!  A classic tripod design makes this trivet both stable and strong.  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate the use of various specialized blacksmithing tools with which you’ll create traditional mortise and tenon joints.  With either a guillotine tool or a square-edged spring fuller, you’ll create tenons on each of the three pieces.  You’ll also be using a round punch to hot punch the mortise holes, and finally the monkey tool brings it all together. This trivet can be made with feet to sit on a table, or with pointed ends to sit in an open fire. This project is one of our Tools and Techniques series and successful students will meet the mortise and tenon requirement for CBA Level I certification.  If you've already made a Monkey Tool and/or a round punch, feel free to bring them along and put them to use!

    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!

  • November 03, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: November 3, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 6 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.

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