• April 28, 2024

    Leather Belt

    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: April 28, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    This workshop is a follow-up on the Belt Buckle workshop.   If you have a different buckle that you wish to use, bring it along, and even if you don’t have a buckle to use, you can still join the workshop and learn to craft a leather belt.  Starting with vegetable tanned leather, you’ll measure and cut out your belt to dimension.  If your belt buckle didn’t come out exactly to scale, no problem, you can custom cut the leather to suit.  Then our Lead Instructor Dossain Valencia will discuss design considerations and demonstrate how to use the swivel knife, hole punch and various stamping tools.  You’ll learn how to prepare the leather for stamping as well as use other tools to create your unique design.  Then, you’ll move on to the finishing, including dying the leather or using a natural oil finish if you wish, burnishing the edges and finally fitting the buckle to the finished belt.

    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!

  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: May 18, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 6 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.  



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