• February 14, 2023

    Discovery Chopsticks Class

    $155.00
    Date: February 14, 2023 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Valentine's Day!  Bring your sweetheart and make some magic in the 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!
  • 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: 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 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.  
  • February 08, 2023 - February 11, 2023

    Hunter Knife with Nick Rossi

    $875.00
    Date: February 8, 9, 10 & 11 Time: 10 AM - 6 PM and 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over four sessions, from Tuesday through Saturday. Session 1: 2-8-23 from 10:00am - 6:00pm Session 2: 2-9-23 from 10:00am - 6:00pm Session 3: 2-10-23 from 10:00am - 6:00pm Session 4: 2-11-23 from 9:00am - 5:00pm Students must attend all sessions.  Classes last for 8 hours with an hour meal break. 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!

    All the way from Maine, Adam’s Forge is proud to host Nicholas Rossi M.S and offer our students the exciting opportunity to take a four-day Hunting Knife course.

    Don't miss your chance to take a class of a lifetime with Nick Rossi as you forge a hunting knife with a hot-fitted bolster. Valuable instruction on blade forging, grinding, heat treating, tempering, handle fit up, as well as all sorts of neat tips and tricks from an accredited ABS Master Bladesmith will be covered. Forging to the final dimension will be stressed as well as hammer control to elevate the student’s skill at the anvil and ensure that they get the most out of each hammer blow. This is your chance to learn from an experienced knifemaker from New England who has been teaching bladesmithing for almost two decades and carries with him a serious passion for not only bladesmithing, but blacksmithing as well.

    Nick’s interest in metalworking began with a boyhood fascination with knives and swords. At the age of 15 he started working at one of the state of Maine’s largest cutlery shops and was introduced to the world of custom knifemaking by local craftspeople. With the combination of books, advice and seminars, Nick developed his skills as a bladesmith and began selling his work under the “Rossi Knives” name. Nick’s work is most influenced by Japanese, Southeast Asian and Scandinavian design as well as literature, fine art and nature. Nick is a certified  Master Bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society, a member of the Maine Craft Guild, the Maine Craft Association, the Portland based Metals Collective and a member of the New England Bladesmith Guild. Nick teaches workshops and gives demonstrations all over the country.

    Students can expect to leave the class with a unique handmade hunting knife.

    Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our bladesmithing classes.  Exceptions to the prerequisites are subject to administrative approval.

  • February 25, 2023

    Paring Knife

    $190.00
    Date: February 25, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    Join us to create a paring knife to use in the kitchen or take on your next picnic.   This is a high carbon steel knife made from O1 steel.

    We start by creating the handle section that you can size to fit your hand perfectly. Then the blade is forged and heat-treated. Lastly, we will grind it to the level of sharpness you desire.

    The handle will be cord wrapped for both comfort and durability. We will discuss other handle options you can try on your own.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we will show you examples so you can do this on your own.

    You will leave with a complete knife, ready to use.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need. However, if you happen to have the following, please bring them so that you have the opportunity to use your own!

    Coarse files (i.e. 12 inch Heavy Duty Set from Harbor Freight)

    Tongs for ¼” x ¾” stock

    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal break. 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!
  • January 28, 2023

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 28, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam's Forge instructor John Drayer will lead students in making a tomahawk out of a railroad spike. Yes, this class is indeed as cool as it sounds. Yes, this class is challenging. First, John will teach students how to upset the railroad spike. What is upsetting? This is the process of thickening steel and moving mass to where you want the mass to go by isolating sections of the material with heat and banging on it with a hammer. Sound fun? You bet! The idea here is to create mass at the end of the railroad spike by upsetting it into itself so that there is enough material to make the tomahawk blade. This is a really great technique and useful for lots of projects where you may need to create mass. Next, John will teach students to punch the railroad spike using a hand held slot punch to create the opening for the eye for the tomahawk. Have you ever thought about how to create a hole without losing mass? This is one of the most useful blacksmith skills! Punching a hole moves mass to the side, and practically no material is wasted. With a nicely punched hole, students will next move on to forging the tomahawk blade using the peen of their hammers. John will be discussing how to alternate between using the peen and flat face of your hammer to control where the metal will go and in what direction. Lastly, John will show students how use a mouse hawk drift to drift open the eye to the size required for the handle, how to file the edge, and how to attach the handle. Please note that this class is not appropriate for the beginning student! Students should have solid blacksmithing skills before signing up for this class. This class is appropriate for the intermediate smith comfortable working with larger size stock and hand tools. We request that students have taken at least 3-5 project classes or workshops with us or have taken the CBA program in the past or are currently enrolled in our Tools and Techniques classes to be eligible for this class. Please do not sign up for this class if you have just taken Discovery! Take some other classes first, and then come back for this one when you have more experience. If you are not sure about your experience level, contact us and we'll help figure out if this class is for you. This class runs from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch. 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 18, 2023

    Iron Age Cutlery

    $190.00
    Date: February 18, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Students should have the experience or motivation to deal with the challenge of moving metal to very specific dimension, as well at the challenge of holding difficult shapes while striking them.  Today we will make a small (about 4 inches total length) knife and "fork" no person in the Iron Age would want to be without. This is this perfect first knife for those with little blacksmithing experience and also a great project for those with more experience.  We will be making the knife of mild steel yet hardening it in a secret Viking way which will allow for a razor edge. Once the knife is done we move on to that essential eating tool – the one pronged Spisepind. Together, you will have a cutlery set the envy of all your fellow Norsemen and Norsewomen! Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener class This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a break for lunch. 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 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!  
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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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