• January 22, 2022

    Colonial Cookware II

    $175.00
    Date: January 22, 2022 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.
  • 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 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 19, 2021

    Straight Blade Carving Knife

    $235.00
    Date: December 19, 2021  Time:  9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is a project class that will satisfy both those who want to make their own tools as well as those who want to make knives.  This knife is based on the traditional Wharncliffe blade and is suitable for whittling and carving wood. Using 3/8 inch round 01 tool steel, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate how to forge the blade and the stick tang.  You’ll learn how to file, safely grind and heat treat the steel.  Then, while the blades are in the tempering oven, you’ll shape the handle from a single piece of hardwood.  Leif will demonstrate shaping with rasps and files and students will also have the option of using belt grinders.  The handles will be finished with hand sanding and an oil finish.  The class finishes up with making a square hole in the handle to take the tang and fixing the blade in place with two-part epoxy. As this is a small blade, it’s a great class for the aspiring bladesmith who’s made a few knives and wants to practice those skills. Skills practiced include: Forging a taper to shape the blade Isolating material using the edge of the anvil to create the tang Precise forging to dimension Gauging steel temperatures through close monitoring of the forge Heat treating high carbon steel Filing, grinding & sanding Drilling and burning a hole in wood Using epoxy   Prerequisite: The Discovery or Letter Opener class plus the Iron Age Knife class or similar experience.  This class is most appropriate for students who’ve had experience making knives and can forge to dimension. This class runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with an hour meal break.  
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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 31, 2021

    Open Forge

    $45.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 31, 2021 Time: 10am - 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. Please note: these sessions are intended to support our students as they practice skills that are within their ability range.  Please do not use our forge and tools to experiment with new techniques that are beyond your skill level.  When in doubt, ask the instructor. 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.
  • January 05, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: January 5, 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.  
  • January 07, 2022

    Not Your Average Chain

    $175.00
    Date:January 7, 2022 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Why settle for boring manufactured chain when you can design and make your own custom links?  We’ve gathered some interesting different designs that you can use to create anything from a fashionista belt to a rain chain for your house, crowd control at your pool party, pot racks, plant or picture hangers, even jewelry.  The uses for chain are only limited by your imagination. This class is structured to give you several different designs to choose from.  Our instructors will demonstrate how to make the different links and then you can choose which ones you want to replicate. Skills practiced include tapering, twisting, turning on the horn of the anvil, using scrolling tongs to adjust the curves and making scrolls from the edge of the anvil.  You can leave some links open to use as hooks and thereby attach other things to your chain. This is a class that will improve your skills while you’re having a fun time in the forge. Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener class The class runs from 4pm to 10pm with a break for dinner.
  • January 09, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: January 9, 2022 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 $5.00.
  • January 15, 2022

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: January 15, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 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!
  • January 16, 2022

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 16, 2022 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.
  • January 08, 2022

    Hot Cut Chisel

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class. Please read class description for skills required. Date: January 8, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Are you interested in building your repertoire of fundamental blacksmithing skills and techniques? Do you want to learn how to make your own blacksmithing tools? Then this class is for you! In this session, students will learn to forge and heat treat a hand held hot cut chisel from high carbon steel.  The hot cut chisel is one of the most essential and versatile tools in the blacksmith's toolbox. The hand held hot cut, at its most basic, is used to cut off material from the parent stock. But wait, there's more! Are you interested in making a ram’s head or creating the tines on a fork? You'll need a hot cut to split the material. Are you interested in creating the veins on decorative leaves or making a wizard head bottle opener? You'll need a hot cut for this. Have you heard of the popular pineapple twist? Yup, you guessed it, you'll need a hot cut to make the indentations necessary to create these specialized twists. And if that wasn't enough, the hot cut can be easily modified to create special use tools such as curved chisels and butcher tools. This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes. This year-long series of classes is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month and each class focuses on making essential blacksmithing tools or completing one or more of the techniques most fundamental to blacksmithing. After completing the series, students will have the skills needed to create basic blacksmithing projects and the associated tooling. This series 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 that have taken a number of classes with us first are more successful and get more out of these classes. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. 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. Students interested in certification will be able to meet the CBA requirements to 1) make a hot cut chisel, and 2) heat treat a tool upon completion of this class. Suggested (optional) reading for this class is "Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing" Volume 1 by Mark Aspery pages 59 - 65 (Hand Held Tools) and pages 66 - 73 (The Hot Cut Chisel). We have copies of the book available for student reference. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, we have them available for sale as well.  This class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour lunch break.  
  • January 30, 2022

    Steel Rose

    $180.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Just in time for Valentine’s Day! In this fun class students will forge a rose from steel sheet and attach it to a forged stem under the guidance of Adam's Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian.  Amanda will be teaching a whole set of new skills including sheet work, forging, forming and texturing the petals. Students will finish the day with a lovely rose that never wilts! Keep it for yourself or give it to a special person.  The prerequisite for this class is any Discovery class. A little more time with a hammer is useful but not required. This class will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with a one hour break for lunch. The fee for this class includes 1 rose blank, additional blanks are available for purchase.    

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