• 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!

  • 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.  
  • August 31, 2024

    Copper Bowl: Variations

    $200.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: August 31, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Heather McLarty
    In this workshop, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Adam’s Forge Artist-Blacksmith Heather McLarty will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing of the copper blanks.  She'll demonstrate sinking (forming) techniques using a variety of different methods.  You'll be introduced to the concepts of work hardening, annealing, and planning your work so that the finished piece is rigid and strong.  And he’ll demonstrate different tools and techniques to add texture to the work. Those with previous experience working with copper will have the opportunity to try some new techniques and expand the range of design possibilities.
    You’ll go home with a new set of skills and one-of-a-kind bowl you can cherish forever.  And it will be shiny too!
    We’ll provide all the tools and materials you need to complete your signature piece.  However, if you have your own tools, feel free to bring them.
    This workshop runs for 6 hours 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!    
  • 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 29, 2024

    Discovery BBQ Tool

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is the first workshop to take. Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: September 29, 2024 Time: 9 AM  - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you a grill master? Do your weekends revolve around the smoking of various proteins? Do you live and breathe charcoal and fire? Then there’s one thing your rig needs: your very own, hand-made BBQ tool, forged in fire five times hotter than any grill. This workshop is perfect for beginners. Because you’re working with longer steel, you can mostly use your hands instead of tongs, which means you can focus on learning the basics of hammering and temperature control without having to also focus on manipulating the tongs. For more experienced blacksmiths, there’s lots of opportunity to experiment with different techniques. And best of all, you’ll go home with your very own, one-of-a-kind BBQ tool! Sound complicated? We promise it’s not. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • September 01, 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: September 1, 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.
  • October 13, 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: October 13, 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 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.
  • August 24, 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: August 24, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 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.

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