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- 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: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: July 16, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Kent Lulewich 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!
- Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: July 9, 2022 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.
- Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class. Please read the full class description below. Date: July 17, 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
- Date: July 10, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge
This class combines steel and copper to make a unique wall hook that will definitely turn some heads. We’ll have two instructors on hand and split the class in half. One half of the class will make their steel wall hook while the other half will make their fold-formed copper tile. Then, we’ll switch places. The final assembly with copper rivets brings the whole piece together.
Please note: fold-forming is very open to improvisation and your piece will be unique!
Skills covered include tapering, turning on the horn and upsetting the rivets. You’ll get an introduction to annealing copper and learn about work hardening. We’ll demonstrate some fundamental fold forming techniques and discuss design considerations.
This is a super fun project and successful students will take home a piece that’s ready to mount on the wall.
Prerequisite: any Discovery class
This class runs from 9am – 3pm with a break for lunch.
- Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 20, 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.
- Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: July 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Do you want to expand your skills as a blacksmith? This is a class that can help! Much of the beauty of hand-forged ironwork comes from the use of traditional joinery. In this class, we’ll build on the basic skills introduced in the Discovery class, such as tapering, twisting and scrolling. To these, we’ll add hot cutting, punching and riveting, to really expand the possibilities of what you can make. You’ll start with 3 pieces of steel that you’ll forge, taper and twist. You’ll also learn how to hot cut, punch, then rivet and assemble them into a wall-mounted bracket. Let your imagination go wild! Will it hold a hanging lamp, a banner or plants? If you made 2, they could also function as shelf brackets. This bracket is both decorative and functional. And what a great personalized gift! Under the guidance of Adam’s Forge Instructor John Drayer, students will expand their craft and develop their understanding of more advanced blacksmithing projects. Successful completion of this class will satisfy 3 of the CBA Level I requirements. Pre-requisite: we require that students take at least a Discovery class prior to this class. While not required, we’ve found that students who’ve also taken 2-3 project classes and have developed some confidence with hammer control will have a more satisfying experience in this class. The class runs for 6 hours with a one-hour lunch break.
- Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: July 23, 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.
- Date: July 31, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Instructor: Dossain Valencia
Class runs from 9am – 3pm with an hour meal break
Prerequisite: Any Discovery classThis is a fast-paced class and is best suited to students who’ve taken 2 or 3 project classes and/or open forges in addition to the requisite Discovery class
Traditional blacksmithing skills combine with contemporary design to create an elegant, strong piece. Use it as a coat rack, towel rack, key holder, or whatever suits your needs.
Skills used include: tapering, turning scrolls and hooks, fullering with a cross pein hammer, using a bob punch, match drilling the holes and riveting the assembly together.Students with more advanced skills can improvise and put their own spin on it!