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- 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.
- 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” stockClass 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: 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: 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!
- 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!
- 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!