• June 25, 2022

    Discovery Class

    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: June 25, 2022 Time: 5 PM  - 9 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.
  • June 11, 2022

    Celtic Trivet

    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.
  • June 12, 2022


    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.
  • June 25, 2022

    Leafing Hammer

    Date: June 25, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Are you interested in forging your own hammer? Now is your chance!  In this class, students will forge what is called a "leafing hammer." This is the simplest hammer to make which contains all the steps needed to make any hammer.  What is a leafing hammer you ask? There are lots of styles of leafing hammers, and our instructor will go over the different styles and their uses. At its most basic, a leafing hammer is one designed for shaping, grooving, veining and texturing leaves to create natural and organic forms. The ends of a leafing hammer can be shaped as desired for the intended use. Generally speaking, one end of the hammer is designed to hammer a basic leaf or organic form into a cupped or undulating shape, the other end is designed to create the texture and veins in a leaf. And this works with any organic shape, not just leaves. Leafing hammers are often used for techniques such as fold-forming to help the smith create organic shapes and patterns. But that's not all they do! This super useful hammer is one you definitely need in your hammer collection! In addition to creating organic forms, leafing hammers come in incredibly useful for dishing (or raising) bowl shapes because they are long enough to reach into the bowl or space where other hammers do not. And if you are interested in making armor, you need several types of this style of hammer! This class will be led by long-time Adam's Forge and CBA Level 2 instructor Gary Standke. First, starting with 1" square bar, Gary will lead students in laying out the parts of the hammer and then punching the slot for the eye of the hammer. Next up, Gary will demonstrate how to use a spring swage or guillotine tool to neck the hammer around the eye. Then, Gary will teach you how to taper and shape the business ends of the hammer to the desired shapes. This will be followed by hot filing the ends to get the finished hammer shape. Then back to completing the eye. There are 3 basic steps to creating the eye: 1) slot punching the square bar, 2) drifting open the slot punched hole to spread the hammer-eye to the desired diameter for the handle, and 3) flaring the hammer-eye using a tapered hammer eye drift to create the hour glass shape necessary to hold the hammer handle in place. You will be shown all these steps and then do them yourself on your hammer. Lastly, Gary will show how to case harden the faces of the hammer and attach a handle. Trust us when we say this will be a fun class! And, the techniques taught in this class are the basic techniques needed to make any style of hammer! In fact, once you figure out how useful these are in your hammer repertoire, you'll want to make more than one in several different styles! Successful completion of this project satisfies a CBA level two requirement. We only offer this class once every two years, so don't miss this opportunity! 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. This class runs from 9:00 am to 3:00pm with a one-hour break for lunch.
  • May 28, 2022

    Cheese Slicer

    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.
  • March 08, 2022

    Private Tutorial

    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.
  • May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022

    Cooking Utensils with Francis Leidinger

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class + See comments below Date: May 21, 2022 and May 22, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes.  Students must attend both days. Instructor: Francis Leidinger Come forge kitchen utensils and barbecue tools! In this two-day workshop, visiting artist-blacksmith Francis Leidinger of Straight Line Forge in Davis, CA will join us at Adam's Forge to teach us how to make kitchen utensils and barbecue tools. The class will focus on the skills and techniques required to design and make kitchen utensils and barbecue tools. Students will spend two days learning to forge forks, spoons, ladles and spatulas. On the first day, Francis will cover how design and material choice relate to the functionality of the various utensils and will go over design variations and what works for him. Then, he will demonstrate how to forge handles for each of the utensils before letting students loose to make their own handles. After lunch, Francis will demonstrate how to design and choose material for the business end (i.e. the bowl, spoon or spatula part), and how to "dish" using both a swage block and dishing stump to create the desired shapes. He will go over the differences between working with copper, stainless and mild steel and their uses and benefits. Students will then work on their own utensils/tools and will have the option to choose their own material. On Day 2, Francis will demonstrate how to make a fork and then how to rivet the parts together of the various utensils/tools made the previous day and students will finish making their utensils. Last, Francis will demonstrate how to put a food safe finish on the pieces. In this workshop, students have the chance to make the utensils/tools of their choice and add whatever design elements are of interest to them. So, if you’re a whizz in the kitchen, you can choose to focus on kitchen utensils such as spatulas and ladles. If BBQ is your thing, you can choose to make BBQ tools. Depending on individual skill levels, students will come home with between 2-5 utensils plus the know-how to make all of them. Francis has been blacksmithing for nearly 30 years and specializes in decorative functional work. We are very excited that he has agreed to teach at Adam's Forge! You can see his work, including his utensils, on his website: http://straightlineforge.com/ This is a two-day workshop. Students must attend both days. Class will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch each day. Prerequisite: This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith with at least a few project classes under their belt. All students should have basic blacksmithing skills and must have attended a Discovery class with us. 
  • June 25, 2022 - April 17, 2022

    Repoussé & Chasing

      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  
  •   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: 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.
  • 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.  


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