• May 05, 2024

    Botanical Forms

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: May 5, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf and plant forms. The leaf motif has always been used to add visual interest to forged pieces from architectural work to jewelry and everything in between. Once you learn these techniques you can add leaves to almost all your projects. In this class we will demonstrate a variety of different leaf and foliage forms. They  can be made to look very realistic or representational depending on your preference.  This is a fun class in which you will get to exercise your creative license and let your imagination run free. Here’s a list of some of the skills you will learn in this class... Forging short tapers Isolating material with half faced blows to forge the leaf pre-form Drawing out stem material and turning it from square to round Using the pein and/or fullers to spread metal directionally and suggest vein texture Fold forming Light upsetting and drastic spreading to create the ginkgo leaf This class is a great way to practice your hammer accuracy and learn how to pre-form the steel to create the shapes you want to materialize. Think of it as a class to learn and practice making leaves that will adorn your future projects. 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!
  • Date: May 12, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener, Power Hammer Safety,  plus one or two project classes. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    Join us to create a blacksmith knife with the assistance of the power hammer.  This is a high carbon steel knife made from 80CRV2 steel.  This is your chance to safely use the power hammers. The drawing out of the handle of this knife takes about 30 minutes of heavy hitting with a hammer on the anvil. With the power hammer, it's done in a few minutes with little physical exertion on your part.

    We start this class by reviewing how to use the power hammer in a safe and effective manner.  While it can rapidly move metal with little effort on your part, it can also crush your project into a pretzel just as quickly.

    Then it's time to start the knife by drawing out the steel on the power hammer creating the handle.  The 4-inch blade section is then forged on the anvil; the power hammer will not help us here. Getting the correct taper and choosing your knife’s point will be discussed and demonstrated.  Once all is forged and rough ground, hardening is done at the forge: heating the blade to the correct temperature and quenching in oil to harden the edge. Tempering the blade to improve the toughness comes next using an oven.  Then to the powered grinders to grind, polish, and hone the edge to your chosen sharpness.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we’ll be following up with leather sheath workshops in the very near future, so keep your eyes open for that.  You will leave with a complete knife, ready to use.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need. However, if you happen to have the following, please bring them so that you have the opportunity to use your own!

    Coarse files (i.e. 12-inch Heavy Duty Set from Harbor Freight)

    Tongs for ¼” x ¾” stock

    Class starts at 9 am and runs to 3 pm with an hour for lunch 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!

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