- 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.
- Dates: June 18, 2022 and June 26, 2022 Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: All students must have taken Discovery with us before signing up for this class. We'll be moving some serious metal, so be ready!
Here’s a chance to try your hand at some fundamental metallurgy. With help from our skilled instructors, you’ll make your own pattern welded, laminated steel billet. We’ll learn team striking with sledgehammers, so if you want to bring a friend and make some billets together, all the better. Both strength and stamina will be required. You’ll learn about the properties of different metals and how they relate to each other. We’ll cover some of the fundamentals of design options in packing your canister, as well as an introduction to some of the theories behind pattern development.
If you’ve been wanting to make some Damascus steel, this is a great place to start. Each student will make one Damascus billet. Photos of knives in relation to this class are for illustrating the possibilities of what can be made with the billets. We're not making knives in this class. This class takes place over two days and students must attend both sessions. There will be a one hour meal break in each session.
Session I: Saturday June 18th from 9am – 5pm
Session II: Sunday June 26th from 9am – 3pm
- Date: June 8, 15 and 22, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive Wednesday evening classes. Session 1: 6-8-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 6-15-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 6-22-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. 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.’ Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener Discovery Class.
- Date: June 16, 23 and 30, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Thursday evening classes. Session 1: 6-16-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 6-23-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 6-30-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll build on the skills you developed in previous blade classes and learn to forge and finish a full tang utility knife. Starting with 1084 tool steel, on day 1, we’ll cover blade design, forging techniques, heat treatment and grinding. Our emphasis will be on precise forging with close attention to temperatures, thus ensuring the integrity of the steel and minimizing the amount of grinding needed. After forging, we’ll rough-grind the blades and anneal them overnight. On day 2, we’ll drill the tangs, cut and rough out the hardwood scales for the handles, cut the pins that will secure the handles to the tang and do the finish blade grinding before putting them back in the oven for the hardening and tempering cycle. On day 3, we’ll focus on shaping the scales and the final fit-up with glue and pins. We’ll finish the day with sanding and a discussion of sealing options. Successful students can expect to complete one 3 to 4 inch knife. Prerequisites: The Letter Opener Discovery and the Blacksmith’s Knife or equivalent. Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program. Fee: $425
- Date: June 25 and 26, 2022 Time: 10 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday. Session 1: 6-25-22 from 10:00pm - 4:00pm Session 2: 6-26-22 from 10:00pm - 4:00pm 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. Fee: $395
- 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.
- Date: June 25, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke You are a blacksmith, or so you say. To demonstrate your skill to your family, friends, classmates, and coworkers in the real world you want something to carry with you. This belt buckle works great for all of those times you need to awe people. If you are looking for what leather belt will fit this buckle, an Amazon search with the title "Leather Belt Full Grain Snap on Strap 1 1/2" Wide" will give you some options for purchase or ideas if you want to make your own. Prerequisites: Discovery or Letter Opener Discovery class Tools: Nothing is required for you to bring as we have all the tools needed at the school. Skills covered: Measuring Tapering Twisting Using a hardy tool Forging to dimension Finishing This class will run from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.
- Date: June 12, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: John Drayer In this super fun class, students will forge a steel bar into a heart shaped corkscrew under the expert instruction of Adam’s Forge instructor John Drayer. In addition to making something both beautiful and functional, the goal of this class is for students to advance their repertoire of blacksmithing techniques to include: - Using a hot cut chisel to split steel bar - Learning how to use a “convenience” bend to isolate the ends of the heart for tapering and scrolling - Creating decorative elements such as twists - Coiling the tapered end into a corkscrew If you’ve had a chance to make your own hot cut chisel, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to use it! The corkscrew itself has a simple and attractive design and the instructor will explain how these design elements can be incorporated into your own projects using the concepts he is teaching. Keep the corkscrew for yourself or add a bottle of wine to make this a perfect gift for someone special. Or use your creation at your next wine party! This class runs from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a 1 hour break for lunch. Prerequisite: Discovery Class or the Letter Opener 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.
- Date: June 11, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett 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 the newest addition to 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! Prerequisite: Discovery Class or the Letter Opener 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.
- Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: May 28, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke In this class we will make tools for the kitchen or any party. These wired cheese slicers come in both a "Handled" and “C” form. We will forge them from mild steel and apply a wax finish. Then we will string it with a fine stainless-steel wire so you can slice through any cheese you can find. We start by drawing out the steel as you did in the Discovery Day Class. Then we will bend and twist the handle, followed by forming it into a comfortable shape. Finally, we will review the different styles of the arms and you will choose the depth and width which best fits the blocks of cheese you plan to slice. Once the shaping of the slicer is completed, a wax finish is applied to protect the steel from kitchen abuse. Finally, a stainless-steel wire will be attached and tensioned appropriately to slice your cheese. After you finish the handled Cheese Slicer, we will show you how to make a "C" form slicer. You will then have no problem making the “C” form of cheese slicer using what you have learned in the class. Much fun to be had by all and you will have some unique tools you will definitely want to make again and again as gifts for all your friends. Skills learned: Tapers, twisting, bending over the horn, and finishing. Student fee of $175 includes the material for both cheese slicers. This class runs from 9 AM-3 PM, with a one-hour break for lunch.
- Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: July 31, 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 $7.00.