• Date: October 26, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer these CBA Level II skill-based workshops at a reduced price of $100. If you are interested in getting CBA Level certification and have not yet started, you can start with the Blacksmithing Fundamentals workshop. However, this is a great class for anyone interested in improving their skills. In this class, students will learn to make a scrolling wrench, also known as a "dog wrench" or bending fork. This is a specialized tool used to help forge scrolls and/or make or adjust controlled bends. If you haven't noticed yet, scrolls are everywhere in ironwork. And to make the perfect bend, you'll need to know how to make just the right tool! Did you ever want to just grab the iron and push, pull, or twist it to where you wanted to go? Naturally, with red-hot steel this can be difficult. What you need is a tool specifically designed to grab the material and control it from a distance.  In this class you will learn how to forge a scrolling wrench out of mild steel. First learning to isolate and move metal in the middle of the bar to create the lower jaw of the wrench using a fullering tool. Then you move on to forging the end of the bar to a specific dimension to create the 1/2" wrench.  You'll create an end treatment for a handle. In this tool you will forge an eye by drawing out and bending the end into a circle. This allows the tool to be hung from a nail. This is the same technique you would use to make an eye on the end of a spoon or ladle and also to forge an eye bolt. Lastly, you will learn to case harden the faces of the tool.  We give you the material to make a pair of them so you will be all set in your further forging adventures. With this tool you are able to move stock at the angle and in the direction you want. They are essential for making scrolls and fitting them into position. We also use them for adjusting the handles of tongs. You will get to try them out today, if you have time, making a ribbon scroll.   Gary will be teaching both the making of tongs and many other scrolls later this year. Prerequisites: Any Discovery Class and basic knowledge of blacksmithing. You should have taken one or two other tool making classes prior to this one.  Suggested tools: Set of large coarse files.  The Harbor Freight Tools: 12 inch heavy Duty File Set, 4pc, ($12) is perfect.  If you don’t have these, we’ll supply them. Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 1, by Mark Aspery, 139 – 148. This class will run 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!
  • September 21, 2024

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

    $100.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: September 21, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer these CBA Level II skill-based workshops at a reduced price of $100. If you are interested in getting CBA Level certification and have not yet started, you can start with the Blacksmithing Fundamentals workshop. However, this is a great class for anyone interested in improving their skills. Imagine taking a solid bar and, with a few bends, creating something truly complex. The spring swage is used to make isolated designs in material. They can be round, square, or as complex as you wish. We will be using this fuller in a later class to help make the leafing hammer head. This class will go over how to calculate material for the projects you design, allowing for changes in length with changes in thickness, using mandrels to attain specified diameters, and a host of other useful information. We will then fire up the forges and should have no problem completing the project. We are only using ½ inch round material so great strength and endurance are not required.  There are no prerequisites other than the Discovery day. So if you are ready for the next step in your exploration of blacksmithing sign up to have some fun.  Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 2, by Mark Aspery, p13 This class runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm 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!
  • October 11, 2024 - October 14, 2024

    Frontier Belt Knife

    $750.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: October 11, 12, 13 & 14 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes or equivalent.
    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up.
    This workshop is for the Frontier Belt Knife only.  If you'd like to make your own custom leather sheath, you can sign up here. Please note: This class takes place over four consecutive morning/afternoon classes.

    Friday 10/11/24 through Monday (Federal Holiday) 10/14/24 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Students must attend all sessions.

    Whether you're horseback riding up in the rugged Yukon or the foothills of the Sierras, you'll want to make sure you have this Bowie belt knife by your side. Nothing says adventure and exploration like this extensive knife course to bring your skill set on par with blacksmiths from Early America. If you are a serious survivalist, camper, outdoorsman, or into bushcraft, then this class is tailor made for you. Take it with you wherever you decide to go and know you have a piece forged by you that can stand up to the rigors of untamed nature.

    Come to Adam’s Forge to make your own knife inspired by those the pioneer hunters in early America would have carried alongside them into the unknown wilderness. Over this four-day workshop, students will forge out their own knives.

    Students should be familiar with blade forging processes and have prior prerequisites met to get the most out of this class. Attention to detail on hand hammer techniques to end with a knife that is as close as we can get it to final dimensions is the name of the game.

    These workshops are 8 hours long 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!

  • October 27, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: October 27, 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.
  • October 20, 2024

    Skeleton Bottle Opener

    $210.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: October 20, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    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.

    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!

  • October 19, 2024

    Copper Mask Exploration

    $225.00
    Date: October 19, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this class is suitable for beginners.  However, some hammer skills will make this class more rewarding and less frustrating.  Note: this is not a Discovery class.

    Just in time for Halloween!  Enjoy letting your creativity run while learning some of the essentials of forming copper sheet. This will be a wild workshop of taking flat sheet and making a 3-dimensional copper mask. We’ll get to use some of the wonderful tools generously donated from the estate of John Fusco.

    Adam's Forge’s own Heather McLarty and Will Larranaga will cover some of the same skills and knowledge used to form vessels, armor, the Statue of Liberty, and other sculptures. Skills include cutting and dressing the sheet, annealing copper, work hardening, using stakes and other tricks of the trade.

    This class is open to all skill and experience levels. Come ready to jump in, learn, and be creative.

    This class runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 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!

  • October 19, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: October 19, 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.
  • October 12, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: October 12, 2024 Time: 6 PM - 10 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.
  • October 06, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: October 6, 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.
  • September 29, 2024

    Discovery BBQ Tool

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is the first workshop to take. Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: September 29, 2024 Time: 9 AM  - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you a grill master? Do your weekends revolve around the smoking of various proteins? Do you live and breathe charcoal and fire? Then there’s one thing your rig needs: your very own, hand-made BBQ tool, forged in fire five times hotter than any grill. This workshop is perfect for beginners. Because you’re working with longer steel, you can mostly use your hands instead of tongs, which means you can focus on learning the basics of hammering and temperature control without having to also focus on manipulating the tongs. For more experienced blacksmiths, there’s lots of opportunity to experiment with different techniques. And best of all, you’ll go home with your very own, one-of-a-kind BBQ tool! Sound complicated? We promise it’s not. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • September 28, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: September 28, 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.
  • September 22, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: September 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.

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