- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery class - see comments for more advisory information Date: November 25, 2022 & November 26, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes. This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am. Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 6 hours with an hour meal break. The Bowie knife is the stuff of American legend - join us to create this historic knife that was carried by soldiers and frontier explorers throughout the West! Adam's Forge instructor Gary Standke will lead this class. We will provide all the blade steel, guard metal, and wood handle materials as well as the grinding belts and finishing materials. On day one, the students will learn to forge the knife blade and tang using one fourth of farrier's rasp. Traditionally, high carbon steel was difficult to find on the frontier and these knives would have been made from whatever was available. Farrier's rasps were often available and repurposed into blades. After forging the blade, students will learn to forge and fit the blade guard. Then, they’ll learn to rough grind the blade. On day two, students will continue rough grinding and will then learn to harden and temper the blade. After this we will move onto the final grinding to get to a razor edge if desired. Then comes the final assembly of the blade, guard and handle to complete the knife. Students will leave class with a completed knife. You'll find this is an excellent all-purpose knife! Prerequisites: This class is for the experienced student. Students should be confident in hammer control and basic forging skills. This is NOT a class for beginners. The ideal student has experience working with high carbon steel and/or heat treatment either by taking tooling classes with us and/or the equivalent in Open Forge. Precise forging and close monitoring of steel temperatures will be required for success. All students must also have completed Letter Opener Discovery with us. 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’ll have the opportunity to use your own! Coarse files (i.e., 12-inch File Set, 4 Pc. from Harbor Freight) Tongs for ¼ inch x 5/8 inch stock This workshop is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a one-hour break for lunch, each day. Students need to attend both dates.
- 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 beginnerPlease 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: 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.
- 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.