• February 19, 2023

    Discovery BBQ Tool Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: February 19, 2023 Time: 9 AM  - 1 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. 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!  
  • Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: February 05, 2023 Time: 9 AM  - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Mark Aspery and Victoria Ritter are two most excellent blacksmiths who have a passion for teaching the skills of hot forging, especially the fiddly bits. They will be here for two days, the first for a CBA Instructors’ Training, the second for a hands-on class for any of our students. Mark Aspery wrote the book on blacksmithing. Literally.  Actually, he wrote three books specifically for those learning blacksmithing. Each volume offers concise step-by-step descriptions and photographs that take the smith from developing the tooling through the completed joinery project. Mark is a certified journeyman smith with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a United Kingdom guild founded in London in 1324. He is also a certified Farrier with the American Farriers Association. Victoria Ritter is the Treasurer of the California Blacksmith Association and heads up the education department. She teaches the CBA curriculum in northern California. These are two very active and excellent teachers. Both Mark and Victoria have contributed to the excellent CBA video tutorials that are available to members on YouTube. In this class, the focus will be on forging to dimension. This is an essential skill for any metalsmith who wants to take an idea and turn it into something tangible, precise, and possibly even functional! This class is guaranteed to expand your understanding and fortify your confidence. We’ll be looking at design considerations, material choices, tooling and joinery while demonstrating some of the tips and techniques involved in forging precise pieces and making matched pairs 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!  
  • January 29, 2023

    Discovery Chopsticks Class

    $155.00
    Date: January 29, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Here's our newest Discovery class and one for those more experienced students who want to build on their skills too.  While this project is a simple one, it’s also one that invites improvisation and experimentation.  Using 1/4”  mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock while checking as you go to create a tool that balances in your hand while in use. They’ll show several different design options, from various twists to different punches you can use for texture as well as different types of finials.  Then you’ll move on to the little chopstick rests.  Here, you can really let your imagination lead the way!  From traditionally simple and elegant shapes to wild and whacky and everything in between, you’ll be free to create your own custom set, or maybe more if you’re swift. These also make great hair pins and gifts too! Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class.  The class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced smiths. 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!
  • February 05, 2023

    Discovery Bottle Opener Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: February 5, 2023 Time: 2 PM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken another of our Discovery classes and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. This 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 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. 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!      
  • January 27, 2023

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: January 27, 2023 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Dossain Valencia will help equip you for a Viking adventure by teaching you to make a small iron age knife.  Not only is this an attractive tool, it’s also a pleasure to make, especially for those with little blacksmithing experience.  One of the advantages of this design is that it’s a one-piece knife; you don’t have the extra work of creating and attaching a handle. This enables you to bring home a beautiful and functional finished product. In this class, you’ll practice moving metal to specific dimensions, tapering and turning the beautifully curved handle.  You’ll also gain experience in learning to hold awkward shapes while striking them.  Hint: using the right tongs helps! 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!
  • January 28, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: January 28, 2023 Time: 4 PM - 8 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. 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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    February 04, 2023

    CBA Instructors with Mark & Vic

    $0.00
    Prerequisite: You must be a CBA instructor or an instructor or assistant at Adam's Forge to participate Date: February 04, 2023 Time: 9 AM  - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge This class is offered for free to all CBA instructors, Adam's Forge instructors and assistants. The class will read "FULL". Please email Mary Jane at blacksmithclasses@gmail.com in order to reserve your space.   Mark Aspery and Victoria Ritter are two most excellent blacksmiths who have a passion for teaching the skills of hot forging, especially the fiddly bits. They will be here for two days, the first for a CBA Instructors’ Training, the second for a hands-on class for any of our students. Mark Aspery wrote the book on blacksmithing. Literally.  Actually, he wrote three books specifically for those learning blacksmithing. Each volume offers concise step-by-step descriptions and photographs that take the smith from developing the tooling through the completed joinery project. Mark is a certified journeyman smith with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, a United Kingdom guild founded in London in 1324. He is also a certified Farrier with the American Farriers Association. Victoria Ritter is the Treasurer of the California Blacksmith Association and heads up the education department. She teaches the CBA curriculum in northern California. These are two very active and excellent teachers. Both Mark and Victoria have contributed to the excellent CBA video tutorials that are available to members on YouTube. In this class, the focus will be on forging to dimension. This is an essential skill for any metalsmith who wants to take an idea and turn it into something tangible, precise, and possibly even functional! This class is guaranteed to expand your understanding and fortify your confidence. We’ll be looking at design considerations, material choices, tooling and joinery while demonstrating some of the tips and techniques involved in forging precise pieces and making matched pairs  join our membership program at any time!  

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