• July 20, 2024 - July 21, 2024

    Chasing and Repoussé

    $298.00
      Date: July 20 & 21, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is an introductory class; no prerequisite is required. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm Instructor: Heather McLarty 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.  
  • June 23, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: June 23, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

         
  • June 30, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: June 30, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

         
  • June 02, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 2, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • June 09, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 9, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • June 22, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 22, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • June 29, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 29, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • May 25, 2024 - May 27, 2024

    Honesuki Style Knife

    $600.00
      Date: May 25, 26 & 27 2024 Time:  9AM - 5PM Location: Adam's Forge Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes. Please note: This workshop takes place over three consecutive days. Each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm with an hour meal break. Students must attend all sessions.

    Fresh from Two Fish Cutlery comes Tom Pricone’s newest interpretation of a culinary classic, the Honesuki.  This Japanese boning knife is popular among chefs and home cooks thanks to its nimble geometry and very fine edge.  It’s also versatile enough to use for filleting fish, slicing meat, and dicing veggies.

    At 6-3/4 inches, this is smaller than a chef’s knife, yet the perfect size and shape for most food prep.

    In keeping with our overall approach to blade smithing, the emphasis in this workshop will be on forged to finish blades with minimal stock removal necessary. The impact of design choices on overall functionality, balance, wrist, and hand fatigue will also be explored.  From forging to heat treating, grinding, polishing, handle construction and fit-up, students will have clear instruction and expert assistance each step of the way.

    Rugged, refined, respected.  This cutlery exemplifies functional, elegant beauty.  If you’re serious about making knives, this class is not to be missed!

    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: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 25, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge This workshop is held in conjunction with the Craft Contemporary Museum.  To register, please follow this link: Introduction to Blacksmithing Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it introduces 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need.
  • June 08, 2024 - June 09, 2024

    Introduction to Damascus Steel

    $650.00
    Dates & Times: June 8, 2024 from 9:00am - 5:00pm June 9, 2024 from 2:00pm - 8:00pm Students must attend both days. Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia Prerequisites: Any Discovery workshop plus a Power Hammer Safety Workshop.  Previous experience with forge welding is recommended. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer. In this workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in making a pattern-welded Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers & hydraulic press to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, preliminary etching to reveal the pattern will be addressed, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 8 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2 with an hour meal break. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!    
  • June 16, 2024

    Kiridashi

    $225.00
    Date: June 16, 2024 Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    The Kiridashi is the original Japanese utility knife that has historically been used by Samurai and peasants alike.  It’s both light and strong, suitable for a variety of uses.  If you’ve taken the Letter Opener Discovery class, this is a perfect follow up project to build your bladesmithing skills.

    Here, you’ll practice precision forging, learn some of the important considerations in blade design and have a chance to try different texturing methods.  This blade is made from tool steel, so you’ll be heat treating, grinding, polishing and hand sharpening as well.

    This class runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

  • June 30, 2024

    Layered Pendant

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 30, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM including an hour lunch break Location: Adam's Forge
    Adam’s Forge is delighted to partner with Metal Artist Chloe Kono aka Chloeography in offering a jewelry making workshop.  Chloe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University Long Beach and has been creating metal art for over a decade.  Her aesthetic ranges from clever, humorous, and whimsical, to luminous heirloom pieces.
    In this workshop, you’ll design and create a layered pendant with simple sheet metal fabrication! Students will learn about the basic jewelry making hand tools, the nature of non-ferrous metals, and foundational techniques including sawing, texturing, riveting, and finishing.
    If you have a design that you’d like to make, it should be approximately between 1 and 2 inches overall.  Chloe will have designs on hand for you to try, or you can improvise on the day!
    Class fee includes raw materials and access to all tools and equipment needed to finish the project.
    Optional: Sterling Silver Sheet (3x3, 22g) is available for purchase if students would like an upgrade.
    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • June 15, 2024

    Leather Knife Sheath

    $155.00
    Date: June 15, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 2:30 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Skill Level: Beginner, Seasoned Beginner and Intermediate

    We offer you a one-day leather sheath introduction course to go along with your letter opener or any other smaller knife you may have! *read note below*. Now you can have a beautiful custom-made knife sheath and the skills to make more in the future as you progress in your bladesmithing journey. Leather working is an excellent way to expand your area of expertise and safely store your blades.

    In this introductory leather sheath course we will be discussing sheath pattern making, basic leather joinery and tooling. We will be demonstrating a one-piece leather sheath that you can finish and take home with pride.  We provide all tools and materials for the workshop.

    • Important note: If you have a knife that you'd like to design your sheath around, please bring it.  Knives with a blade length of 3 - 4 inches work for this project.

    Prior leather working knowledge is not needed and everyone is welcome.

    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!
  • Date: June 26, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Will Larranaga

    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class plus a Power Hammer Safety workshop & 2 or 3 project workshops or equivalent experience.

    Suggested skill level: Seasoned Beginner and up.  Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    The railroad spike is one of the first knife projects every bladesmith makes; it's almost a rite of passage on your way to becoming a bladesmith. Step up your experience by signing up for our power hammer railroad spike class! You'll learn the safe operation of the power hammers at our facility, and also how to forge a well-made railroad spike knife with our knowledgeable instructors. Come down to Adam’s Forge to gain the skill and know-how to make your very own.

    In this class we'll discuss blade profiling under the power hammer, and we will walk through the basics of heat treatment and grinding to ensure that you walk out satisfied and proud of the blade you make with us. Bring your friends over for a good time and make some knives!

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

  • Date: June 15, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class plus a Power Hammer Safety workshop & 2 or 3 project workshops

    Suggested skill level: Intermediate and up.  Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    Join us to create some amazing BBQ tongs to impress your friends at your next cookout.This is a great project to build your power hammer skills. We’ll use it to create the taper in the handles and to flatten the spring.

    At the start of the class, we’ll review power hammer safety protocols and then move on to the practical project of making your tongs.

    We start by defining the junction between the jaws and the handle. Using the power hammer, we can rapidly taper the handle down for a comfortable grip. Then the power hammer will make flattening the spring section a breeze.

    We’ll explore the different texturing options for the handles and the tooling required to create them. Once you have decorated the handles as desired, we will work on the tong jaws to modify them to work well for grabbing everything from an ear of corn to a tomato to a steak.

    Bending the spring around to align the handles to fit your hand will allow you to get these tongs to fit you perfectly.

    Lastly, we will go over the different finishing options to keep it looking great and food-safe though all the masterful cooking you are planning.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!
  • June 22, 2024 - June 23, 2024

    Take It Up a Notch: Keum Boo on Forged Steel

    $565.00
    Date: June 22 & 23, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: None this is an introductory workshop. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced. Anyone with metal working skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming/forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential. The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing. Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 6:00pm Instructor: Bette Barnett Looking for a way to differentiate your work? Want to take it up a notch to distinguish your creations from all the others? This two-day class is designed for metalsmiths of all types who want to stretch beyond their current comfort zones by adding dimension and drama to their work through texturing and Keum Boo. Whether you are a blacksmith, bladesmith or jeweler, you will learn how to add interest and eye-appeal to your work through:
    • Stamping, hammering and rolling: creating raised relief patterns that add visual and tactile interest to the surface of your work.
    • Keum Boo on steel. Bonding fine gold and silver foil to the textured surface emphasizing the play of light and adding a touch of bling.
    With these techniques, you'll be able to heighten the impact and appeal of your creations, whether adornment, decoration or functional.

    Topics Covered

    • Basics of working with steel sheet—sourcing, cutting, sawing, forming and soldering.
    • Texturing steel—using stamps, punches and the rolling mill.
    • Keum Boo—adding a flash of gold or silver by bonding precious metal foil to steel using this ancient Korean technique.
    • Patinas and sealers—finishing your work by adding a patina and sealing it for protection against rust and corrosion.

    Curriculum

    Each day will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with one hour break for lunch.

    Day 1—Basics and Texturing

    • Metals—working with mild steel sheet. Cutting, sawing, forming, piercing
    • Texturing - using hand forging with various tools to create surface texture
    Day 2—Keum Boo and Finishing
    • Keum Boo on steel—handling and cutting precious metals foils, using heat and burnishing to bond the foil to steel. Note: Silver foil will be included in the class supplies. Gold foil will be available for purchase in various quantities.
    • Patinas and sealers—using different chemical patinas and and applying sealers (oil, wax and lacquer) to protect your work.

    Skill Level

    Anyone with metalworking skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming /forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential. The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing.

    Materials and Supplies

    The following supplies are included in the fee for the workshop:
    • 20 gauge mild steel sheet (12" x 6")
    • 3/8" mild steel rod (8")
    • Silver foil (4" x 4" sheet)
    • Optional: Highest quality gold foil will be available for purchase at a cost of $25 per square inch. Only available in 1 increments of 1 square inch.

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