• December 28, 2022

    Cheap Thrills in the Forge

    $115.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class Date: December 28, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Have you taken a Discovery class and don’t quite know which class to take next?  Are you interested in more than just knives or swords?  Would you like to develop more artistry in your metalwork?  Come join us in an afternoon of unbridled curiosity, experimentation, and creativity.

    This class is unlike any other that we offer.  It’s all about learning how to shape and form hot metal with hand tools while abandoning any ideas of ‘getting it right’.   While most classes are focused on creating a particular project using specific skills, these sessions are all about exploring processes and letting ourselves be led through experimentation to discover new approaches to design, function, and form.

    We’ll supply all of the tools and materials, and Artist-Blacksmith Heather McLarty will lead the class on a journey of discovery that will lead to new skills, fresh ideas and lots of fun!

    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!  
  • December 11, 2022

    Discovery BBQ Tool Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: December 11, 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 $7.00. 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!  
  • December 31, 2022

    Discovery BBQ Tool Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: December 11, 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 $7.00. 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!  
  • January 29, 2023

    Discovery Chopsticks Class

    $155.00
    Date: January 29, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Here's our newest Discovery class and one for those more experienced students who want to build on their skills too.  While this project is a simple one, it’s also one that invites improvisation and experimentation.  Using 1/4”  mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock while checking as you go to create a tool that balances in your hand while in use. They’ll show several different design options, from various twists to different punches you can use for texture as well as different types of finials.  Then you’ll move on to the little chopstick rests.  Here, you can really let your imagination lead the way!  From traditionally simple and elegant shapes to wild and whacky and everything in between, you’ll be free to create your own custom set, or maybe more if you’re swift. These also make great hair pins and gifts too! Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class.  The class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced smiths. 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!
  • January 01, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: January 1, 2023 Time: 4 PM - 8 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. 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!    
  • January 22, 2023

    Discovery Magic Wands Class

    $155.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Date. January 22, 2023 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 introduction to the forge 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. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM.

    Advance booking for all classes is available to Adam’s Forge members during the first week of the month.  For more information, click here.

    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!
  • December 20, 2022 - December 21, 2022

    Forest Axe

    $475.00
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery class plus successful completion of Introduction to Bladesmithing or equivalent.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval. Date: December 20 & 21, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two consecutive days. This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am.  Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 8 hours with an hour meal break.

    This is a small, light hatchet suitable for hiking, camping and medium-duty landscape work.  In this class, we’ll cover axe design and nomenclature, tooling, punching, and drifting the eye of the axe, and forging the blade to dimension.  We’ll also learn and practice team striking.  This will be followed by rough grinding, heat treating, finish grinding, polishing and finally, fitting the handle.

    This class takes place over two 8-hour days with an hour meal break.

    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner

    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!  
  • January 15, 2023

    Forge Welded Woven Bracelet

    $165.00
    Date: January 15, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you ready to forge weld?  Up until modern times, this skill was a closely guarded secret.  In this class, you’ll take a single round bar and using some clever hot folding and forge welding, create a three-piece bracelet.  Adam’s Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian will demonstrate the forge welding, twisting and forming of the open basket weave and finally show you how to form it into a beautiful bracelet that you can custom fit to your liking. The skills learned in this class will easily translate to a wide variety of other items and uses. From hardware to handles to pure ornamentation, this basket weave is a classic design element you’ll want to have in your repertoire. This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith with an interest in building skills and technique. While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken several project classes or workshops with us and/or spent time in Open Forge before starting this project are more successful and get more out of this class.  All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. 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: Any Discovery Class Date: December 11, 2022 Time: 2 PM - 4 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!
  • January 08, 2023

    Integral Utility Knife

    $225.00
    Prerequisites: Discovery Letter Opener plus one or two other blade classes.  This class is suitable for a seasoned beginner and will require stamina and good hammer control. Date: January 8, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Kember Feuerzeig, winner of the 2022 Battle of the Bladesmiths at the New England School of Metalworking will teach a one-day, Integral Utility Knife featuring a scrolled lanyard loop.  As with all our blade classes, we’ll be focusing on forge-to-finish techniques, with minimal need for grinding.

    Starting with high carbon steel, Kember will demonstrate the process of forging the set-downs, tapering, drawing out the blade, shouldering and scrolling the lanyard loop.  You’ll practice traditional heat treating and grinding the bevels before final hardening and tempering.

    This class runs from 9am - 5pm 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!

  • December 17, 2022

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: December 17, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Kent Lulewich will help equip you for a Viking adventure by teaching you to make a small iron age knife.  Not only is this an attractive tool, it’s also a pleasure to make, especially for those with little blacksmithing experience.  One of the advantages of this design is that it’s a one-piece knife; you don’t have the extra work of creating and attaching a handle. This enables you to bring home a beautiful and functional finished product. In this class, you’ll practice moving metal to specific dimensions, tapering and turning the beautifully curved handle.  You’ll also gain experience in learning to hold awkward shapes while striking them.  Hint: using the right tongs helps! 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 class Date: August 31, 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 21, 2023

    Paring Knife

    $190.00
    Date: January 21, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    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 O1 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.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we will show you examples so you can do this 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!
  • December 12, 2022

    Private Discovery Bottle Opener Class

    $2,000.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 12, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle 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. This 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 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.      
  • November 30, 2022

    Private Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $1,800.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • Date: May 31, 2022 Time: 10:30 AM - 1:15 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this presentation, Adam's Forge instructor Dossain Valencia will give a brief discussion of the role of the blacksmith in Colonial America, followed by a live demonstration of forging a keyhole spatula.  This will be followed by a question and answer period.  There will also be examples of his hand-forged and filed reproductions of Colonial American tools and implements.
  • January 28, 2023

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 28, 2023 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. 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!
  • January 14, 2023

    Scrolling Tongs

    $190.00
    Date: January 14, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this session students will learn to forge a set of scrolling tongs. You'll learn to forge the jaws, create a joint for smooth action, draw out the reins, rivet it all together and then adjust it to your hand. Students of the CBA courses will be using the round punch forged in session 3 to punch the holes for the rivet to hold the tongs together, so bring your round punch if you made one!  Scrolling tongs are used to bend or scroll metal without marking or damaging the surface. In fact, you may have used scrolling tongs to help make the barn hook project in Discovery class! Scrolling tongs are so essential that every blacksmith has at least one pair.  This is the 7th session in our year long CBA Level 1 program.  CBA Level 1 is based on standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for Level 1 (beginner) Certification. After completing the Level 1 program, students will have the skills needed to create basic blacksmithing projects and the associated tooling. Each session in the program focuses on making one of the tools or completing one or more techniques required for certification. Each session builds on what is taught in earlier sessions, and we recommend that students commit to taking all of the sessions to get the most out of the program. Students use tools made in earlier sessions to make later projects, and then use these tools and techniques to complete the "final" for certification. Students who completed our Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I will have satisfied 5 of the requirements for CBA level I certification and this class will satisfy another requirement. We require that students take at least a Discovery Class with us prior to starting CBA Level 1. While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken at least 3-5 project classes with us before starting Level 1 are more successful and get more out of the program.  The textbook for this program is Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing Volume 1 by Mark Aspery. 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!
  • December 04, 2022

    Steel Rose

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: December 4, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Just in time for Holiday presents! 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. 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!    
  • December 10, 2022

    Wall Sconce

    $190.00
    Date: December 10, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will take you through all the steps to successfully create a beautiful wall sconce from steel bar with a stainless steel reflector that will protect your wall at the same time it magnifies the light of the candle.

    Skills used include upsetting, use of the cross pein to spread and flatten the material, then rounding the socket.  You’ll use half-faced hammer blows, taper, bend, round the hook, cut and file the sheet metal and finally rivet the pieces together.

    This is a good project for the advancing student with fairly good hammer control and patience.

    Successful students will satisfy the CBA Level 1 requirement for upsetting.

    Prerequisites: any Discovery class, plus 1 or two project classes.

    This class runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm 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!

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