• December 10, 2023

    Steel Rose

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: December 10, 2023 Time: 2 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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 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!    
  • November 29, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: November 29, 2023 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 03, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 3, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 14, 2023

    Discovery BBQ Tool Class

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first workshop to take. Date: December 14, 2023 Time: 6 PM  - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Start Smithing! The Ancient DIY Craft. Not sure what blacksmithing is or if you’re really interested? This workshop 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 barbecue tool that you forged on your own! Come discover blacksmithing for yourself! SAFETY NOTES: 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 a parent or guardian 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 17, 2023

    Paring Knife

    $210.00
    Date: December 17, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Workshop

    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.

    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 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!
  • December 16, 2023 - December 17, 2023

    Turk’s Head Marlinspike

    $200.00

    When:  December 16, 2023: 4:00pm-8:00pm

                    December 17, 2023: 10:00am-2:00pm

    Where: Adam’s Forge

    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class.

    Note: This class takes place over two consecutive days.  Students must attend both days.

    A Marlinspike is a tapered iron spike that was used by sailors of old to do just about every manner of work on the ship’s rigging. Come to Adam’s Forge to learn how to make your own and learn some marlinspike seamanship as well!

    This class is perfect for anyone interested in learning how to forge a tool of their own the way they would have made it back during the age of sail! On day one we will forge our own marlinspikes with Lead instructor, Dossain Valencia of Adam’s Forge and prep them for day two with our guest instructor Marc Casebolt. With Marc you’ll learn how to put in a Turks head knot on your marlinspike to not only create the handle but also put in a decorative covering knot to show off your knotwork prowess.  These two skills combined can translate into a number of other projects; think hardware, knife handles, handles on other tools, even sculpture.

    After your two days here you’ll be able to set foot on any sea vessel with your newly forged marlinspike worthy of its salt. Show your friends, show your crewmates!

    Marc has been tying decorative knots since he was about 12 years old. After finding the Ashley Book Of Knots on his father’s bookshelf, he was hooked on the beauty and symmetry of what is called Marlinspike seamanship, which is the term for all knot work developed and used by the old time sailors.  Marc is now a retired engineer and has the time to devote much more effort to the craft. Much of his recent work is now on display at the Channel Island Maritime Museum in Oxnard Ca, where he has been a volunteer for over 7 years. He now teaches knot tying to anyone who will sit still, listen, and give it a try!

    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, 2023

    Discovery Magic Wands Class

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Date. December 17, 2023 Time: 4 PM -  8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the workshop for you! This super fun workshop is a great introduction to the forge and is suitable for more advanced students as well.   In this workshop, 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. 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!
  • December 21, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 21, 2023 Time: 2 PM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 23, 2023

    Penannular Pin

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 23, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Having trouble keeping your superhero cape fastened? This class is for you! The penannular has been made for millennia in many cultures to fasten clothing. The Vikings made them, the Celts popularized them. This workshop is a perfect next step after Discovery Class. We'll teach you how to make a basic pin and suggest some design variations. The techniques used in making penannulars can be applied to many advanced projects. Come learn in the fun class!  ps: Penannulars make great gifts! Skills learned: Tapers, twisting, bending over the horn, and finishing. This class runs from 9 AM- 3 PM with an 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!  
  • December 23, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 23, 2023 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 07, 2023

    Discovery Chopsticks Workshop

    $175.00
    Date: December 7, 2023 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Here's our newest Discovery workshop and also one for those more experienced students who want to build on their skills.  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 workshop.  It's 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!
  • December 09, 2023

    Fire Poker

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 9, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is a CBA Level I class Are you interested in building your repertoire of fundamental blacksmithing skills and techniques? Then, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, students will learn to forge a fire poker. Trust us when we say that it's a pretty rad addition to your project line-up. Perfect for camping or if you have a fireplace or backyard fire-pit at home! The fire poker project class is specifically designed to introduce students to two fundamental blacksmithing techniques - forge welding and forging to dimension. Students will learn how to forge weld to create the poker end of the fire poker. Forge welding is the process of welding two pieces of metal together using heat and hammer and is an essential technique for when you need to join metal pieces together. It is a tricky process and our instructor will lead you through the process step-by-step to be able to successfully replicate the process on your own. In addition, students will learn to forge the handle of the fire poker to dimension. This is another essential skill and we'll teach you the tips and tricks necessary to be successful.   This workshop 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 at least 3-5 project classes with us before starting this project are more successful and get more out of this class. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. The workshop runs from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch. Instructor: Leif Bennett 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!  
  • December 09, 2023

    Blown Glass Ornaments

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 9, 2023 Time: 1 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    In this workshop, Adam’s Forge is pleased to partner with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan.  For over 30 years, she has mastered techniques such as torch working, kiln forming, mosaic, enameling and glass blowing.  Cathi is also the publisher of LA Art News, a Northeast Los Angeles based online publication devoted to promoting art and culture in all of Los Angeles. She also teaches glass and jewelry classes at Pacific Art Glass, The Los Angeles Makery, and has taught at Otis College of Art and Design.

    This is your gateway to glass blowing. Fondly referred to as remedial glass blowing, it’s the easiest way to experience it. We make 5 ornaments from pre-made capsules, which we add color to before they’re heated up with a torch and blown. Good times for all. This class runs about three hours, and everything is provided for you.

    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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 09, 2023

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 9, 2023 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle Opener is an introductory workshop as well as a great next step for students that have taken another of our Discovery workshops and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. This workshop 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. 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, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 10, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 27, 2023

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 27, 2023 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle Opener is an introductory workshop as well as a great next step for students that have taken another of our Discovery workshops and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. This workshop 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. 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 28, 2023

    Copper Bowl

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: None; this is an introductory class. Date: December 28, 2023 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge
    In this workshop, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing of the copper blanks.  He'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.
    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!    
  • December 29, 2023

    Kiridashi

    $200.00
    Date: December 29, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    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.

    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    This class runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm 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!

  • December 30, 2023

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: December 30, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this workshop, 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 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!
  • December 30, 2023

    Discovery Magic Wands Class

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Date. December 30, 2023 Time: 4 PM -  8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the workshop for you! This super fun workshop is a great introduction to the forge and is suitable for more advanced students as well.   In this workshop, 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. 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!
  • December 31, 2023

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 31, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This workshop 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. 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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • December 16, 2023

    Ball pein hammer axe

    $190.00
    Date: December 16, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke

    Why recycle when you can upcycle?  In this workshop, Adam’s Forge instructor Gary Standke will teach you how to turn a humble hammer into a fully functional axe.

    Starting with a 24 oz ball peen hammer, the ball end will be forged into a hammer head and the other into the axe. To move much of this metal, we'll be using our new power hammers. Once the metal is roughed out with the power hammer, we'll work on understanding how a cross peen hammer moves metal where you want it.
    You’ll learn how to heat treat and temper the steel and sharpen the edge.  Finally, you’ll reuse the handles which were on the hammers and fit them in the axe. Not only will you have a unique tool to bring home, but you’ll have learned a valuable skill that will enable you to modify inexpensive common tools into customized specialty tools.

    This class runs from 9:00am – 3:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class, plus 2 or 3 project classes.  This class will require some stamina and determination, as you’ll be forging tool steel.

    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!
  • December 17, 2023

    Blown Glass Ornaments

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: December 17, 2023 Time: 1 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    In this workshop, Adam’s Forge is pleased to partner with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan.  For over 30 years, she has mastered techniques such as torch working, kiln forming, mosaic, enameling and glass blowing.  Cathi is also the publisher of LA Art News, a Northeast Los Angeles based online publication devoted to promoting art and culture in all of Los Angeles. She also teaches glass and jewelry classes at Pacific Art Glass, The Los Angeles Makery, and has taught at Otis College of Art and Design.

    This is your gateway to glass blowing. Fondly referred to as remedial glass blowing, it’s the easiest way to experience it. We make 5 ornaments from pre-made capsules, which we add color to before they’re heated up with a torch and blown. Good times for all. This class runs about three hours, and everything is provided for you.

    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 to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!    
  • January 04, 2024

    Private Damascus Steel Workshop

    $1,850.00
    Date: January 4, 2024 Time: 10 PM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this private workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in each making a random-pattern Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, a preliminary etching will reveal the pattern, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 7 hours with an hour meal break.    
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Date: January 14, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. This project 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.    

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