• June 25, 2022

    Belt Buckle

    $175.00
    Date: June 25, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke You are a blacksmith, or so you say. To demonstrate your skill to your family, friends, classmates, and coworkers in the real world you want something to carry with you. This belt buckle works great for all of those times you need to awe people. If you are looking for what leather belt will fit this buckle, an Amazon search with the title "Leather Belt Full Grain Snap on Strap 1 1/2" Wide" will give you some options for purchase or ideas if you want to make your own. Prerequisites:  Discovery or Letter Opener Discovery class Tools:  Nothing is required for you to bring as we have all the tools needed at the school. Skills covered: Measuring Tapering Twisting Using a hardy tool Forging to dimension Finishing This class will run from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.
  • June 11, 2022

    Celtic Trivet

    $175.00
    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.
  • May 28, 2022

    Cheese Slicer

    $150.00
    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.
  • June 12, 2022

    Corkscrew

    $175.00
    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.
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: June 5, 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.  
  • 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.

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