• August 16, 2024

    Tomahawk with Ben Abbott

    $400.00
    Suggested skill level: Seasoned beginner and up. This is a fast-paced class and we'll be moving plenty of metal. This workshop is suited to those with stamina and experience with high carbon steel. Date: August 16, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott The tomahawk is an icon of the old west and the mythical mountaineers of early America. Used and traded among settlers and Native Americans as tools they were extremely important on the frontier. Blacksmiths that knew how to forge these tools were invaluable to individuals facing the rugged wilderness of the new world. Now we get to see it forged to life by Ben Abbott at Adam’s Forge. Join us for a workshop that will elevate your skills at the anvil as you learn from the Forged in fire champion and judge. This workshop will test what you already know and present you with new skills to master. Forge welding and hammering to specific dimensions will be necessary to follow along with Ben.

    You’ll learn to pre-shape a steel bar, set a wrapped-eye forge weld, and do a quick, competition-style quench and temper.

    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!
  • August 15, 2024

    Tomahawk with Ben Abbott

    $400.00
    Suggested skill level: Seasoned beginner and up. This is a fast-paced class and we'll be moving plenty of metal.  This workshop is suited to those with stamina and experience with high carbon steel. Date: August 15, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Ben Abbott The tomahawk is an icon of the old west and the mythical mountaineers of early America. Used and traded among settlers and Native Americans as tools they were extremely important on the frontier. Blacksmiths that knew how to forge these tools were invaluable to individuals facing the rugged wilderness of the new world. Now we get to see it forged to life by Ben Abbott at Adam’s Forge. Join us for a workshop that will elevate your skills at the anvil as you learn from the Forged in fire champion and judge. This workshop will test what you already know and present you with new skills to master. Forge welding and hammering to specific dimensions will be necessary to follow along with Ben.

    You’ll learn to pre-shape a steel bar, set a wrapped-eye forge weld, and do a quick, competition-style quench and temper.

    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!
  • November 23, 2024

    Steel Rose

    $200.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: November 23, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up In this fun workshop 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 workshop runs for 6 hours, including a one hour meal break. The fee for this class includes 1 rose blank, additional blanks are available for purchase. Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • September 21, 2024

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

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

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

  • 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!

     
  • 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!

  • 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!
  • 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!

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