• July 27, 2024

    Blacksmith’s Knife

    $190.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: July 27, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke
    In this workshop students will make the classic “Blacksmith’s Knife” using traditional blacksmithing techniques. We will be using high carbon tool steel, the classic material for knives, and transforming it into a versatile knife with an integral handle. This knife can be used for everything from slicing cheese and fruit, to opening a package, to making life easier on your next camping trip. Material selection, design, layout, forging & grinding techniques and heat treating will be covered.
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery workshop.  Skill level: Beginner with some blacksmithing experience recommended. Students should have some experience with standard blacksmithing operations as well as blade forging.
    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal break. Please note: All workshops are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this workshop to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • August 31, 2023 - September 02, 2023

    Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I

    $490.00
    Date: August 31, September 1 & 2, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Instructor: Dossain Valencia Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: Any Discovery Workshop. Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive days. Session 1: 8-31-24 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 2: 9-01-24 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Session 3: 9-02-24 from 10:00am - 2:00pm Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll make a set of essential tools of the blacksmith’s trade.  More importantly, with the skills you acquire, you’ll be able to make all kinds of custom tools: punches and chisels for eyes, ears, fins, scales and more.  You’ll make a center punch, scribe, round punch, hot-cut chisel and a very handy set of dividers that can be used with one hand. You’ll learn how to forge, and heat treat tool steel, how to maintain and dress your tools as well as some of the finer points of tool design. For those interested in obtaining CBA (California Blacksmith Association) level I certification, successful completion of this class will satisfy 5 of the requirements needed. To quote one of our instructors: ‘Blacksmithing is a superpower.  I get to make tools that other people have to buy.’ Please note: All workshops 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!
  • June 30, 2024

    Book Private Event

    $1,500.00$2,700.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up This is your ticket to an unforgettable event! Any one of our five Discovery projects can also be booked as a private workshop. Not only will your guests have an exciting learning experience, but they'll have completed the first step in their blacksmithing journey. These workshops introduce skills and techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects. You'll learn about the tools, equipment and materials needed and how to choose the right ones for the job at hand. Our skilled, friendly instructors will be with you every step of the way while you hand forge something both beautiful and useful.

    Discovery Projects:

    • Letter Opener
    • Bottle Opener
    • Chopsticks
    • Magic Wand/Hair Pin
    • BBQ Tool
    To book your event, use the drop-down menus below to choose your needs, then contact info@adamsforge.org and we’ll be in touch with scheduling options! Not seeing what you want? You can also book a custom event with us. Coppersmithing, leather work, and jewelry projects can also be arranged. Please call the office with any questions or requests at (323) 303-4522.
  • November 16, 2024

    Box Jaw Tongs

    $100.00
    Date: November 16, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Prerequisite: Any Discovery class 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. There are few things as frustrating in blacksmithing as not being able to hold the material securely as you forge it into shape. Holding varied material for blacksmithing requires a wide variety of tongs. To buy all of the tongs you need gets quite expensive.  Unfortunately, many sizes are just not available. For about the price of a couple pairs of tongs you can learn how to make your own! In this class you will learn how to forge the jaw to the correct shape for holding any material.  You then learn to forge the boss for smooth action and how to rapidly draw out the reins.   Riveting the two parts together to create a complete set of tongs is the next step. You will learn how to measure the material you will need and forge and set a rivet rapidly and correctly. Finally, you will learn how to adjust the jaws to firmly grip the material you plan to forge.  The tongs we are making today will hold 1/4” x 1/2” stock.  These tongs can also be easily adjusted to hold the ½” square stock we will use to make upset square corners at the end of this year. I have used this same tong making technique to make tongs to hold up to 1¼” material which is about as large as you will ever forge. Whether you plan to make all your tongs from scratch or buy them elsewhere and modify them to fit, this class will teach you everything you need to know. We are only using ½ inch square material today so great strength and endurance is not required.  The textbook for this program is Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing Volume 1, page 255 by Mark Aspery. This class will run from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.
  • November 09, 2024

    Celtic Trivet

    $210.00
    Date: November 9, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Prerequisite: Any Discovery 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. 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 one of 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!

    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!

  • July 20, 2024 - July 21, 2024

    Chasing and Repoussé

    $298.00
      Date: July 20 & 21, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is an introductory class; no prerequisite is required. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm Instructor: Heather McLarty Students must attend both sessions. Experience transforming flat sheet metal into three dimensional sculpture using the techniques of repoussé and chasing. These techniques have been used for centuries in many cultures to express the ideas of makers, from jewelry, sword fittings and armor to the Statue of Liberty!   Students are encouraged to design their image and get input from the instructor beforehand. Your sketch should fit inside a 3 or 4 inch square.  Designs may be representational or abstract. We will start with an explanation of the various approaches and talk about design. After a bit of demonstration each student will design and execute their work in sheet copper. We will use pitch in part of the process. There are so many options, come try it for yourself! The fee for the class includes copper sheet. Pitch, pitch bowls and tooling will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring any tooling of their own (such as chasing hammers) but it is not necessary. Heat sources such as heat guns and plumber’s torches will be shared. If you have a heat gun, please bring it.  
  • August 31, 2024

    Copper Bowl: Variations

    $200.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: August 31, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Heather McLarty
    In this workshop, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Adam’s Forge Artist-Blacksmith Heather McLarty will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing of the copper blanks.  She'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. Those with previous experience working with copper will have the opportunity to try some new techniques and expand the range of design possibilities.
    You’ll go home with a new set of skills and one-of-a-kind bowl you can cherish forever.  And it will be shiny too!
    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.
    This workshop runs for 6 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!    
  • 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!

  • 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.
  • August 24, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: August 24, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle 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 handle, you’ll learn about shaping a square rod into an octagon, or if you prefer, a round, tapered bar.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your bottle opener. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it.
  • 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 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.
  • November 03, 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: November 3, 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 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 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.
  • July 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: July 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 08, 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 8, 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.
  • August 04, 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: August 4, 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.
  • August 17, 2024 - August 18, 2024

    EDC Knife with Ben Abbott

    $800.00

    Date: August 17 & 18, 2024

    Time: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Ben Abbott

    Please note: This workshop takes place over two consecutive days.  

    Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up. This workshop will require skills on the anvil and experience on the grinders to get the most out of Ben’s instruction.

    An EDC knife is an everyday carry knife. It’s the most reliable one that you keep on you all the time. The EDC is light, small and practical. Every bladesmith has their own take on how they forge these and now is your chance to learn from Ben Abbott, the undefeated Forged in Fire champ, on his approach to forging this indispensable piece.

    This knife is the perfect size for everyday use, from opening boxes to cutting birthday cake!  We will go through forging, grinding and heat treating, plus handle design and ergonomics.

    This workshop will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm with an hour meal break

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that time period has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

     
  • Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: November 24, 2023 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. 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!

  • November 29, 2024 - December 01, 2024

    Honesuki Style Knife

    $600.00
    Date: November 29 & 30 & December 1, 2024 Time:  9AM - 5PM Location: Adam's Forge Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes. Please note: This workshop takes place over three consecutive days. Each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm with an hour meal break. Students must attend all sessions.

    Fresh from Two Fish Cutlery comes Tom Pricone’s newest interpretation of a culinary classic, the Honesuki.  This Japanese boning knife is popular among chefs and home cooks thanks to its nimble geometry and very fine edge.  It’s also versatile enough to use for filleting fish, slicing meat, and dicing veggies.

    At 6-3/4 inches, this is smaller than a chef’s knife, yet the perfect size and shape for most food prep.

    In keeping with our overall approach to blade smithing, the emphasis in this workshop will be on forged to finish blades with minimal stock removal necessary. The impact of design choices on overall functionality, balance, wrist, and hand fatigue will also be explored.  From forging to heat treating, grinding, polishing, handle construction and fit-up, students will have clear instruction and expert assistance each step of the way.

    Rugged, refined, respected.  This cutlery exemplifies functional, elegant beauty.  If you’re serious about making knives, this class is not to be missed!

    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: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 25, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge This workshop is held in conjunction with the Craft Contemporary Museum.  To register, please follow this link: Introduction to Blacksmithing 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.
  • November 10, 2024 - November 11, 2024

    Introduction to Damascus Steel

    $650.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Dates & Times: November 10, 2024 from 9:00am - 5:00pm November 11, 2024 from 10:00am - 4:00pm Students must attend both days. Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia Prerequisites: Any Discovery workshop plus a Power Hammer Safety Workshop.  Previous experience with forge welding is recommended. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer. In this workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in making a pattern-welded Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers & hydraulic press to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, preliminary etching to reveal the pattern will be addressed, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 8 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2 with an hour meal break. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!
  • August 10, 2024

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 10, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this workshop, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett 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 workshop, 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! Please note: All workshops 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!
  • July 20, 2024

    Keyhole Spatula

    $190.00
    Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Becky Schimpff Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop plus 2-3 project workshops.  The more experienced smith will get more out of this workshop. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up

    Learn to forge a keyhole spatula in this fun class taught by Becky Schimpff. The keyhole spatula is a traditional shape that was used historically for fireplace cooking, with at least one spatula in every kitchen. Come forge your own! We promise it will be a great addition to your own kitchen, bbq or camp set-up.

    Forging a keyhole shape presents a unique challenge: how do you get the metal to move into the desired shape with your hammer and anvil? In this class, Becky will introduce the concept of creating a pre-shape that allows us to isolate and then manipulate the bar to create the desired outcome, in this case a keyhole shape. This is an important concept in blacksmithing and understanding the concepts will help you as you approach your own projects.

    Once set up with a pre-shape, Becky will demonstrate how to spread the bar using the peen of your hammer. This is an excellent exercise in hammer control, and we'll spend some time looking at hammer blows and how your hammer blow impacts your results.

    Once the spatula is formed, Becky will shift to handle design. She'll show how to approach the handle and design considerations. Ultimately this part of the project is up to you, so bring your ideas and creativity!

    Lastly, we'll put on a food safe finish so your spatula will be ready to go to work.

    There is lots of learning built into this project and the skills you learn will definitely improve your blacksmithing repertoire. And you'll get to come home with a super rad spatula!

    Becky is passionate about blacksmithing education; she is currently ABANA Education Chair and a member of the CBA Education Committee. She wrote a how-to on the keyhole spatula for the California Blacksmith Magazine and her article is currently available in the complementary version of the magazine on the CBA website. Check it out here - www.calsmith.org.

    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!
  • September 15, 2024

    Kiridashi

    $225.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: September 15, 2024 Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    The Kiridashi is the original Japanese utility knife that has historically been used by Samurai and peasants alike.  It’s both light and strong, suitable for a variety of uses.  If you’ve taken the Letter Opener Discovery class, this is a perfect follow up project to build your bladesmithing skills.

    Here, you’ll practice precision forging, learn some of the important considerations in blade design and have a chance to try different texturing methods.  This blade is made from tool steel, so you’ll be heat treating, grinding, polishing and hand sharpening as well.

    This class runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

  • August 12, 2024 - August 13, 2024

    Malay Parang Chopper with Ben Abbott

    $800.00
      Date: August 12 & 13, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott Please note: This workshop takes place over two consecutive days.  

    Skill Level: Intermediate and up.  This workshop is suited to the smith who has stamina, confidence and experience with bladesmithing.

    You’ve watched Ben Abbott triumph undefeated on Forged in Fire. You’ve worked on your hammer control and perhaps practiced forging blades yourself. Now sign up for the ultimate culmination of the two. This is your chance to learn from Ben himself and forge your own Malay Parang Chopper under his tutelage.

    This small machete from Malaysia is an indispensable tool for yard work, bushcraft and camping applications.  Big enough to chop and clear brush but lean enough to slice and cut food.  Over the course of two days, we will forge and grind the blade, and attach the full-tang handle, working closely with Ben. Go home with your new tool, new knowledge and experience that will raise your work to a new level.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

     
  • July 21, 2024

    Paring Knife

    $210.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: July 21, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up

    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 80CRV2 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.

    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!
  • August 08, 2024

    Power Hammer Safety

    $66.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 8, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 11 AM Location: Adam's Forge

    Please note: Successful completion of this workshop is a prerequisite to any power hammer workshop and for any members who wish to use them in an open forge session.

    Learning how to safely operate a power hammer is a big milestone for any blacksmith looking to expand their knowledge of serious blacksmithing tools. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the best practices and safe operation of our power hammers. This two-hour course consists of a lecture to explain the mechanics and theory behind the power hammer to make sure students understand the do’s and don’ts!  Following this we will spend time forging our first practice pieces under the hammers to get a feel for how they handle and operate.

  • September 14, 2024

    Resurrecting Relics

    $200.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: September 14, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Will Larranaga Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class.  The more experienced smith will get more out of this workshop. Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up

     Join us for a refreshing workshop centered around used, found, vintage, and salvaged materials. The focus of this class is not around finishing a project, but methods and best practices when using found materials. From old tools to rebar and leaf springs, it's all useful and begging to be turned into something new. Turn that old pipe wrench in your garage into an interesting new knife that will be a great talking piece! Reforge some of that leaf spring that you have laying around into a new hot punching set for your next blacksmithing project! The possibilities will surprise you and the skills you take away from this workshop will be useful in many different blade or tool forging applications.

    In this workshop we will discuss safety issues that must be taken into consideration with any steel that is old or used as well as heat treatment of steels that are not known to us. We will then demonstrate safe preparation of our steel prior to forging. This will be followed by a hot forging demonstration on bringing an old tool to life to become a working tool.

    This workshop will be taught with an emphasis on blades but we also encourage participants to explore other types of tooling and can guide those that wish to make tools. This class is best for beginner to seasoned smiths that want to try to expand their materials knowledge, heat treatment, and creativity.

    Participants are encouraged to bring in tools and found materials if they wish, however they are not required as we will also provide plenty for students to pick and choose from.

    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!
  • 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!
  • October 20, 2024

    Skeleton Bottle Opener

    $200.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: October 20, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 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!

  • 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!

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