• 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: October 15, 2022 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: August 31, 2022 Time: 10 AM - 2 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.  
  • September 25, 2022

    Open Forge

    $55.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: September 25, 2022 Time: 9 am - 1 pm Location: Adam's Forge Not a class, but a swell time to get in the forge to do what you wanna do. You can bring your own material and work on your own project. This can be a chance to finish that piece you started or work out a technique you’ve been meaning to try. One of our intrepid instructors will be on hand working on their own thing. Please note: these sessions are intended to support our students as they practice skills that are within their ability range.  Please do not use our forge and tools to experiment with new techniques that are beyond your skill level.  When in doubt, ask the instructor. As with all of our classes, we require that students attending Open Forge sessions be at least 12 years old. A student who is not an adult (18 and older) will need to have a parent or guardian present at ALL times during the session. Thanks for thinking of safety first. Bring your own steel OR we have steel for sale at the forge: 1/4" square 3/8" square and round 1/2" square and round Sold by the foot sucker rod (higher carbon steel) sold in 7" sections You must have taken at least one Discovery class from us and be familiar with working safely.
  • September 24, 2022

    Ball pein hammer axe

    $180.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: September 24, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Why recycle when you can upcycle?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Gary Standke will teach you how to turn a humble hammer into a fully functional axe.

    Starting with a 16 oz ballpein hammer, the ball end will be forged into a hammer and the other into an axe. You’ll learn how to heat treat and temper the steel and sharpen the edge.  Finally, you’ll reuse the handles which were on the hammers and fit them in the axe. Not only will you have a unique tool to bring home, but you’ll have learned a valuable skill that will enable you to modify inexpensive common tools into customized specialty tools.

    Gary will have some 24oz hammers for those who want to make something larger.  But be forewarned; it’s a lot more metal to move!

    This class runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class, plus 2 or 3 project classes.  This class will require some stamina and determination, as you’ll be forging tool steel.

     
  • October 08, 2022

    Celtic Trivet

    $190.00
    Date: October 8, 2022 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 one of 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.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 09, 2022 - October 23, 2022

    Integral Bolster Paring/Steak Knife

    $535.00
    Date: October 9, 16, 23, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Fee: $535 Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive Sunday morning/afternoon/evening classes.

    Day 1: 10/9/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Day 2: 10/16/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Day 3: 10/23/22: 9am – 5pm with a 1-hour meal break

    Students must attend all sessions.

    This elegant knife will further refine the smith’s skills with the introduction of an integral bolster.  Not only is the bolster a beautiful detail, but it also serves as a strong transition element from the slender blade to the thicker handle, pleasing to both the eye and the hand.

    On day one, we’ll cover design considerations, forging techniques, use of the guillotine tool, filing and grinding as well as heat treating.  We’ll start with a single piece of ½ inch round, O1 steel and will be emphasizing precision forging with close attention to temperatures.  When the blades are forged to dimension, we’ll do the rough grinding and prepare them for the normalization and annealing cycles.

    On day two, we’ll drill the tangs, refine the bolster design if desired, rough-out the scales and liners, cut the pins and finish the blade grinding before getting them ready for the final heat treating.

    On day three, we’ll do the final fit-up and gluing of the scales, liners and pins, finish polishing and sanding and end with a discussion of sealing options.

    Successful students can expect to complete one 4-to-6-inch paring or steak knife.

    Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing-Full tang Utility Knife or 2 other blade classes.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 30, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 1 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.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 15, 2022

    Magic Wands

    $165.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date. October 15, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the class for you! This super fun class is a great follow-up to our Discovery class and is suitable for more advanced students as well.   In this class, students will be guided in forging their own magic wands from a 3/8" square bar.  The instructor will demonstrate various design options, including different styles of twists and surface textures.  And they'll assist students as they create their own magic.  Once the wands are made, The instructor will show students how to add an optional magic orb (otherwise known as a marble) to the top of the wand for extra special power.   Finally, they will go over finishing options. All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own magic orb, if they have one that is extra special. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM. The prerequisite is any Discovery class.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 22, 2022

    Skeleton Bottle Opener

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: October 22, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    This class runs from 9 am-3 pm, with a one-hour break for lunch.

    Today we will make a ghoulish tool for the kitchen or any party. We’ll forge this from mild steel and apply a wax finish.

    The project starts by drawing out the steel as you did in the Discovery Day Class. This taper will be bent around and back to create a bottle opener.

    Then the fun begins as we form the skeleton. We start by using a guillotine tool (how appropriate) to form the neck and waist. Then we work on the face and chest.  You’ll have plenty of opportunity to make it your own.

    Once formed, a wax finish is applied to protect the steel from kitchen abuse.

    Much fun to be had by all and you will have a tool that you’ll definitely want to make again and again, as gifts for all your friends.

    Skills learned: Tapers, bending over the horn, using tooling for decoration, and finishing.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • October 29, 2022

    Bladesmithing Clinic

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class.  Please read the full class description below. Date: October 29, 2022 Time: 9 am - 3 pm Location: Adam's Forge Do you have a knife project that you’d like to get some help with?  Have you been coming to Open Forge sessions and not making as much progress as you’d like? Here’s an opportunity to get some expert guidance in some of the more technical aspects of this craft. This session is designed for those of you who have some experience in bladesmithing and have specific questions or areas of competence that you’d like to focus on.  There will be a demonstration on specific aspects of blade forging after which we'll turn on the forges and get to work. This is not a project class; it’s more like a Deluxe Open Forge with a bit of one-on-one attention for everyone. We’ll have two instructors on the ground and will limit attendance to 8 people, so sign-up now if you’re interested, as these places will fill up quickly. Please bring projects that you’re working on.  There will be steel available for purchase in the forge. You must have taken at least one Discovery class from us and be familiar with working safely. This session runs from 9am - 3pm with an hour meal break

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

  • November 06, 2022 - November 27, 2022

    Introduction to Bladesmithing: Full Tang Utility Knife

    $475.00
      Date: November 6, 20 & 27 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Sunday classes. Session 1: 11-6-22 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 2: 11-20-22 from 9:00am - 5:00pm Session 3: 11-27-22 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. 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: $475
     

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