• October 17, 2021

    Celtic Trivet

    $175.00
    Date: October 17, 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.
  • September 23, 2021 - September 24, 2021

    Enameled Copper Bowl

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory non-ferrous class. Date: September 23, 2021 & September 24, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 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 4 hours. In this two-day class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga will team up with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan to guide students in the production of enameled copper bowls. On day one, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Will Larranaga will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing the copper blanks.  He'll demonstrate sinking (forming) techniques using a variety of different methods.  You'll be introduced to the concepts of work hardening, annealing and planning your work so that the finished piece is rigid and strong.  And he’ll demonstrate different tools and techniques to add texture to the work. On day 2, we’ll take those gorgeous copper bowls you just made and add color to turn them into beautiful jewels.  Enamel is finely ground glass that comes in a rainbow of colors and can be melted onto the surface of most metals.  Enameling metal is one of the most effective means of adding color to your metal work. Copper and enamel play really well together and the combination of the two materials can open up all kinds of cool design possibilities.  We’ll use a kiln to melt the enamels and layer colors in stages.  Expect the unexpected! You’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind bowl you can cherish forever.  And it will be shiny too! In this class, Adam’s Forge is pleased to partner with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan.  For over 28 years, she has mastered techniques such as torch working, kiln forming, mosaic, enameling and glass blowing.  Cathi is also the publisher of LA Art News, a Northeast Los Angeles based online publication devoted to promoting art and culture in all of Los Angeles. She also teaches glass and jewelry classes at Otis College of Art and Design. We’ll provide all the tools and materials you need to complete your signature piece.  However, if you have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Prerequisite: None. This is a non-ferrous introductory class.
  • October 28, 2021 - October 29, 2021

    Enameled Copper Bowl

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory non-ferrous class. Date: October 28, 2021 & October 29, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 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 4 hours. In this two-day class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga will team up with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan to guide students in the production of enameled copper bowls. On day one, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Will Larranaga will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing the copper blanks.  He'll demonstrate sinking (forming) techniques using a variety of different methods.  You'll be introduced to the concepts of work hardening, annealing and planning your work so that the finished piece is rigid and strong.  And he’ll demonstrate different tools and techniques to add texture to the work. On day 2, we’ll take those gorgeous copper bowls you just made and add color to turn them into beautiful jewels.  Enamel is finely ground glass that comes in a rainbow of colors and can be melted onto the surface of most metals.  Enameling metal is one of the most effective means of adding color to your metal work. Copper and enamel play really well together and the combination of the two materials can open up all kinds of cool design possibilities.  We’ll use a kiln to melt the enamels and layer colors in stages.  Expect the unexpected! You’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind bowl you can cherish forever.  And it will be shiny too! In this class, Adam’s Forge is pleased to partner with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan.  For over 28 years, she has mastered techniques such as torch working, kiln forming, mosaic, enameling and glass blowing.  Cathi is also the publisher of LA Art News, a Northeast Los Angeles based online publication devoted to promoting art and culture in all of Los Angeles. She also teaches glass and jewelry classes at Otis College of Art and Design. We’ll provide all the tools and materials you need to complete your signature piece.  However, if you have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Prerequisite: None. This is a non-ferrous introductory class.
  • Date: September 19, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Funtastical Tongs! Come to Adam’s Forge and make a set of decorated, fully functional tongs. During the Covid slowdown, Mike Mumford busied himself making a series of decorated tongs that incorporate various images and motifs. We’ve included a photo of his full set of Funtastical Tongs for your viewing pleasure and Mike will bring examples of some of these for show and tell.  Over the weekend of September 18th and 19th, we’ll be holding Funtastical Tongs classes in which you can learn to make two different versions of these.  You can choose to take one or both classes. In this second day of Mike Mumford’s Funtastical Tongs classes, we’ll be making the Alligator Tongs.  These are a version of flat jaw tongs that are designed to grab your stock in a ferocious toothy grip.  In each tong class, Mike will demonstrate using the near and far edges of the anvil to create the off-sets necessary for smooth operation of the jaws.  In addition to creating the facial features, you’ll be drawing out the reins, hot punching the rivet holes and finally assembling, riveting and adjusting the grip to suit the desired stock.  With these skills, you’ll be able to create specialized tongs for various needs. The Alligator tongs were featured in an article in California Blacksmith magazine for May-June 2021. This class runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith 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. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.
  • Date: September 18, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Funtastical Tongs! Come to Adam’s Forge and make a set of decorated, fully functional tongs. During the Covid slowdown, Mike Mumford busied himself making a series of decorated tongs that incorporate various images and motifs. We’ve included a photo of his full set of Funtastical Tongs for your viewing pleasure and Mike will bring examples of some of these for show and tell.  Over the weekend of September 18th and 19th, we’ll be holding Funtastical Tongs classes in which you can learn to make two different versions of these.  You can choose to take one or both classes. On Saturday, September 18th we’ll make Skull Bolt Tongs – these are conventional bolt tongs, with a face feature added.  These frightful jaws will hold your work in a spooky death grip.  With their V-shaped bits and bowed jaws, bolt tongs allow the smith to securely hold square and round stock as well as the various shapes of works in progress. This promises to be a fun class in which you’ll learn the skills needed to create your own, custom-made tongs from a very gifted instructor. This class runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith 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. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.
  • October 03, 2021

    Iron Age Cutlery

    $175.00
    Date: October 3, 2021 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 class or Letter Opener class This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • October 09, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: October 9, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Kent Lulewich 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!
  • September 28, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: September 29, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 4 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 10 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch. Instructor: Will Larranaga
  • October 15, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 15, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 4 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 4 pm to 10 pm with a break for dinner.  
  • September 26, 2021

    Monkey Tool

    $175.00
    Date: September 26, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this session, students will forge a monkey tool. What is a monkey tool, you ask? A monkey tool is a blacksmithing tool that is used to dress/sharpen the shoulders on tenons. They're also used to tighten two pieces of metal together just before you drive a rivet.  So, if you plan on joining two pieces of metal together using tenons or rivets, this is an essential tool!  Making a monkey tool requires hot punching and drifting an eye in a 1 inch square bar. Once you learn the technique it is applicable to any project that requires an eye. Students interested in making hammers, this class is for you! Or if you'd like to learn to punch and drift a railroad spike to make a tomahawk, this class is for you!  We'll be using these tools next month in our Mortise and Tenon Trivet class.  If you've already made slit and drift tools, you can bring them to class and use them.  If not, don't worry, we'll have everything you need. This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes.  Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification.  This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith 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. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • October 04, 2021

    Open Forge

    $45.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: October 4, 2021 Time: 10 am - 2 pm Location: Adam's Forge Not a class, but a swell time to get in the forge to do what you wanna do. You can bring your own material and work on your own project. This can be a chance to finish that piece you started or work out a technique you’ve been meaning to try. One of our intrepid instructors will be on hand working on their own thing. As with all of our classes, we require that students attending Open Forge sessions be at least 12 years old. A student who is not an adult (18 and older) will need to have a parent or guardian present at ALL times during the session. Thanks for thinking of safety first. Bring your own steel OR we have steel for sale at the forge: 1/4" square 3/8" square and round 1/2" square and round Sold by the foot sucker rod (higher carbon steel) sold in 7" sections You must have taken at least one Discovery class from us and be familiar with working safely.
  • October 16, 2021

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: October 16, 2021 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.
  • September 25, 2021

    Viking Fire Steel & Belt Buckle

    $175.00
    Date: September 25, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prepare for your own Viking adventure! This is a perfect class to take after your Discovery day as the stock is small and the items are really impressive. First we will make a Viking style belt buckle. Hard to go adventuring with your pants falling down! Splitting, convenience bends, and tapering will be thoroughly explained.  Then we get to the Fire Steel. Not only are we making the Steel, but we will also teach you how to use it to start a fire: hopefully without burning either your fingers or eyebrows off. Half hammer blows, drawing, tapering, scrolling, hardening and tempering are the skills to be explored.  Prerequisites: Discovery Day This class runs from 9:00AM - 3:00PM with a break for lunch  
  • September 20, 2021

    Woven Bracelet

    $150.00
    Date: September 20, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you ready to forge weld?  Up until modern times, this skill was a closely guarded secret.  In this class, you’ll take a single round bar and using some clever hot folding and forge welding, create a three-piece bracelet.  Adam’s Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian will demonstrate the forge welding, twisting and forming of the open basket weave and finally show you how to form it into a beautiful bracelet that you can custom fit to your liking. The skills learned in this class will easily translate to a wide variety of other items and uses. From hardware to handles to pure ornamentation, this basket weave is a classic design element you’ll want to have in your repertoire. This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith 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. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.

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