• December 29, 2021

    Autumn Leaves

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 29, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf forms. The leaf motif has always been used to add visual interest to forged pieces from architectural work to jewelry and everything in between. Once you learn these techniques you can add leaves to almost all your projects. In this class we will demonstrate a variety of different leaf and foliage forms. They  can be made to look very realistic or representational depending on your preference.  This is a fun class in which you will get to exercise your creative license and let your imagination run free. Here’s a list of some of the skills you will learn in this class... Forging short tapers Isolating material with half faced blows to forge the leaf pre-form Drawing out stem material and turning it from square to round Using the pein and/or fullers to spread metal directionally and suggest vein texture Fold forming Light upsetting and drastic spreading to create the ginkgo leaf This class is a great way to practice your hammer accuracy and learn how to pre-form the steel to create the shapes you want to materialize. Think of it as a class to learn and practice making leaves that will adorn your future projects.
  • November 26, 2021 - November 27, 2021

    Bowie Knife

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class - see comments for more advisory information Date: November 26, 2021 & November 27, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes. This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am.  Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 6 hours. The Bowie knife is the stuff of American legend - join us to create this historic knife that was carried by soldiers and frontier explorers throughout the West! Adam's Forge instructor Gary Standke will lead this class. We will provide all the blade steel, guard metal, and wood handle materials as well as the grinding belts and finishing materials. On day one, the students will learn to forge the knife blade and tang using one fourth of farrier's rasp. Traditionally, high carbon steel was difficult to find on the frontier and these knives would have been made from whatever was available. Farrier's rasps were often available and repurposed into blades. After forging the blade, students will learn to forge and fit the blade guard. Then, they’ll learn to rough grind the blade. On day two, students will continue rough grinding and will then learn to harden and temper the blade. After this we will move onto the final grinding to get to a razor edge if desired. Then comes the final assembly of the blade, guard and handle to complete the knife. Students will leave class with a completed knife. You'll find this is an excellent all-purpose knife! Prerequisites: This class is for the experienced student. Students should be confident in hammer control and basic forging skills. This is NOT a class for beginners. The ideal student has experience working with high carbon steel and/or heat treatment either by taking tooling classes with us and/or the equivalent in Open Forge. Precise forging and close monitoring of steel temperatures will be required for success. All students must also have completed Discovery with us. 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’ll have the opportunity to use your own! Coarse files (i.e., 12-inch File Set, 4 Pc. from Harbor Freight) Tongs for ¼ inch x 5/8 inch stock This workshop is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a one-hour break for lunch, each day. Students need to attend both dates.    
  • November 21, 2021

    Colonial Cookware I

    $175.00
    Date: November 21, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to add hand-crafted cooking utensils to your list of special skills?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate Colonial Cookware with a mixture of mild steel handles and your choice of copper, stainless steel or mild steel ends that are attached with rivets.  Whether it’s a spoon, ladle, serving fork, strainer or spatula, the techniques are similar, and we’ll have all the tools and materials needed to get you started on your own complete set.  We’ll also include an optional wall rack to hang them on. This class will be offered in two parts, each of which can be taken separately.  In this first session, we’ll make the Serving Fork, Spatula and Rack.  In session two on December 5th, 2021, we’ll make the Spoon, Ladle and Strainer. Skills practiced include drawing and tapering the handles, turning the scrolled ends, drilling, riveting, hot-cutting with a chisel, cutting and dressing sheet metal, precision bending the spatula and sinking the spoon shapes into the swage block. Seasoned beginners can expect to finish one implement during the class and more experienced smiths might finish two or more.  All will leave with knowledge of the skills to make more when time and circumstances allow.  These utensils can be used in the kitchen, for camping and at the barbecue.  They also make beautiful gifts! Each class will run from 9:00am-3:00pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: Any Discovery class plus 4 other classes or equivalent experience.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student who has familiarity with the skills involved and has developed stamina and basic hammer control. This class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch Fee $175.00
  • December 05, 2021

    Colonial Cookware II

    $175.00
    Date: December 5, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to add hand-crafted cooking utensils to your list of special skills?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate Colonial Cookware with a mixture of mild steel handles and your choice of copper, stainless steel or mild steel ends that are attached with rivets.  Whether it’s a spoon, ladle, serving fork, strainer or spatula, the techniques are similar, and we’ll have all the tools and materials needed to get you started on your own complete set.  We’ll also include an optional wall rack to hang them on. This class will be offered in two parts, each of which can be taken separately.  In this second session, we’ll make the  Spoon, Ladle and Strainer. Skills practiced include drawing and tapering the handles, turning the scrolled ends, drilling, riveting, hot-cutting with a chisel, cutting and dressing sheet metal, precision bending the spatula and sinking the spoon shapes into the swage block. Seasoned beginners can expect to finish one implement during the class and more experienced smiths might finish two or more.  All will leave with knowledge of the skills to make more when time and circumstances allow.  These utensils can be used in the kitchen, for camping and at the barbecue.  They also make beautiful gifts! Each class will run from 9:00am-3:00pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: Any Discovery class plus 4 other classes or equivalent experience.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student who has familiarity with the skills involved and has developed stamina and basic hammer control. This class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch Fee $175.00
  • December 10, 2021

    Copper Money Clip

    $135.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Date: December 10, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: William Larranaga Would you like to expand your repertoire of metal working skills to include copper?  It’s a softer metal that’s easier to work and unlike steel, it remains pliable after annealing even when it’s cold.  So, you can put down the tongs and work with your bare hands! This is a perfect class to introduce you to some of the skills you’ll need to produce beautiful copper pieces.  Adam’s Forge Instructor William Larranaga has over a decade of experience working with fine metals and will teach chasing techniques and the use of fullers and punches as well as some specialty hammers.  You’ll learn about work hardening, annealing, design considerations and how to plan your work for the desired outcome. When you’ve finished forming your piece, you can add rainbow colors with a heat patina and finish it off with polishing.  Tools and material will be provided.  If you have a design in mind, bring it along.  Bear in mind that a simple design is best to start. 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 $5.00.
  • Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: January 2, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is another fun class in which you can make something both useful and beautiful for yourself or as a gift. Forging steel tubing opens lots of possibilities in both form and function.  It’s an example of the wonderful things that are possible when you use traditional smithing on modern industrial steel. Skills utilized in this class include using the guillotine tool to neck down and shrink the tubing, using the horn of the anvil to shape and flare the candle cup, cutting the material with a hacksaw, twisting in the vise and using different hammers to create texture. The instructor will demonstrate various different techniques and then you'll be free to create your own unique piece.  This is a class that has something to offer everyone from beginners to more advanced students.
  • December 12, 2021

    Heart Hook

    $150.00
    Date: December 12, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this fun class, students will forge a steel bar into a heart shaped wall hook under the guidance of Adam’s Forge instructor John Drayer. In addition to making something both functional and beautiful, students will have a chance to refine and strengthen their forging skills, including:  
    • Using a chisel to hot-cut the steel.
    • Learning the use of a ‘convenience’ bend to isolate the ends of the heart for tapering and scrolling
    • Creating decorative elements such as twists
    • Using the horn of the anvil to turn both the hook and the heart lobes
    • Hot punching or drilling the holes for attaching the hook to a surface
    If you’ve had a chance to make your own hot cut or cold chisel, this is the perfect opportunity to use it! Students will have the option of punching or drilling a hole into their piece for a screw with the drill press. They can finish their piece with a wire wheel or use a finishing wax. This wall hook is a simple and attractive piece and John will explain how you can incorporate these design elements into your own projects using the concepts taught in class.  It’s a perfect gift to make for friends and family that allows the continuation of basic blacksmithing techniques. This is an opportunity to get artistic with metal and add a unique touch to home décor! This class is specifically designed for the beginning smith with just Discovery or a couple of classes under their belt who wishes to build on their skill set.  Prerequisite is any Discovery class. This class runs for 4 hours.  
  • December 01, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: December 1, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga 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!
  • November 14, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 14, 2021 Time: 9 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. The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch.  
  • December 23, 2021

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 23, 2021 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.  
  • December 28, 2021

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 28, 2021 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.  
  • December 26, 2021

    Magic Wands

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date. December 26, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the class for you! This super fun class is a great follow-up to our Discovery class and is suitable for more advanced students as well.   In this class, students will be guided in forging their own magic wands from a 3/8" square bar.  The instructor will demonstrate various design options, including different styles of twists and surface textures.  And they'll assist students as they create their own magic.  Once the wands are made, The instructor will show students how to add an optional magic orb (otherwise known as a marble) to the top of the wand for extra special power.   Finally, they will go over finishing options. All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own magic orb, if they have one that is extra special. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM. The prerequisite is any Discovery class.  

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