• November 26, 2021 - November 27, 2021

    Bowie Knife

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class - see comments for more advisory information Date: November 26, 2021 & November 27, 2021 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. 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 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.    
  • December 19, 2021

    Straight Blade Carving Knife

    $235.00
    Date: December 19, 2021  Time:  9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is a project class that will satisfy both those who want to make their own tools as well as those who want to make knives.  This knife is based on the traditional Wharncliffe blade and is suitable for whittling and carving wood. Using 3/8 inch round 01 tool steel, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate how to forge the blade and the stick tang.  You’ll learn how to file, safely grind and heat treat the steel.  Then, while the blades are in the tempering oven, you’ll shape the handle from a single piece of hardwood.  Leif will demonstrate shaping with rasps and files and students will also have the option of using belt grinders.  The handles will be finished with hand sanding and an oil finish.  The class finishes up with making a square hole in the handle to take the tang and fixing the blade in place with two-part epoxy. As this is a small blade, it’s a great class for the aspiring bladesmith who’s made a few knives and wants to practice those skills. Skills practiced include: Forging a taper to shape the blade Isolating material using the edge of the anvil to create the tang Precise forging to dimension Gauging steel temperatures through close monitoring of the forge Heat treating high carbon steel Filing, grinding & sanding Drilling and burning a hole in wood Using epoxy   Prerequisite: The Discovery or Letter Opener class plus the Iron Age Knife class or similar experience.  This class is most appropriate for students who’ve had experience making knives and can forge to dimension. This class runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with an hour meal break.  
  • December 30, 2021

    Ginko Leaf Door Knocker

    $225.00
    Date: December 30, 2021  Time:  2PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to make something in the forge that you’d be proud to mount on your door or give as a gift? This door knocker may be just the class you’ve been waiting for. Adam’s Forge instructor Dossain Valencia created this project with the seasoned intermediate smith in mind. The successful student in this class will have good hammer technique and be able to forge to precise dimension. Skills used include: Using a guillotine tool to isolate material for the top leaf Using a cross pein hammer to spread the Ginko leaves Scrolling Using the swage block and a fuller to create an off-set loop on the back plate and to create the smaller ring on the bottom of the larger ring Drilling or hot punching and riveting This class runs from 2:00pm to 10:00pm with an hour meal break.  While the material isn’t heavy and there won’t be a lot of strenuous hammering, we’re allowing extra time for the fitting and adjustments required to create precision work. Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class.   This is not a class for beginning smiths.   Students who’ve also taken 2-3 project classes, spent time in open forge and have developed confidence and precision with hammer control will have a more satisfying experience in this class.  
  • Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: January 2, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 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.
  • December 01, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: December 1, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga 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!
  • December 05, 2021

    Colonial Cookware II

    $175.00
    Date: December 5, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to add hand-crafted cooking utensils to your list of special skills?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate Colonial Cookware with a mixture of mild steel handles and your choice of copper, stainless steel or mild steel ends that are attached with rivets.  Whether it’s a spoon, ladle, serving fork, strainer or spatula, the techniques are similar, and we’ll have all the tools and materials needed to get you started on your own complete set.  We’ll also include an optional wall rack to hang them on. This class will be offered in two parts, each of which can be taken separately.  In this second session, we’ll make the  Spoon, Ladle and Strainer. Skills practiced include drawing and tapering the handles, turning the scrolled ends, drilling, riveting, hot-cutting with a chisel, cutting and dressing sheet metal, precision bending the spatula and sinking the spoon shapes into the swage block. Seasoned beginners can expect to finish one implement during the class and more experienced smiths might finish two or more.  All will leave with knowledge of the skills to make more when time and circumstances allow.  These utensils can be used in the kitchen, for camping and at the barbecue.  They also make beautiful gifts! Each class will run from 9:00am-3:00pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: Any Discovery class plus 4 other classes or equivalent experience.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student who has familiarity with the skills involved and has developed stamina and basic hammer control. This class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch Fee $175.00
  • November 21, 2021

    Colonial Cookware I

    $175.00
    Date: November 21, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to add hand-crafted cooking utensils to your list of special skills?  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate Colonial Cookware with a mixture of mild steel handles and your choice of copper, stainless steel or mild steel ends that are attached with rivets.  Whether it’s a spoon, ladle, serving fork, strainer or spatula, the techniques are similar, and we’ll have all the tools and materials needed to get you started on your own complete set.  We’ll also include an optional wall rack to hang them on. This class will be offered in two parts, each of which can be taken separately.  In this first session, we’ll make the Serving Fork, Spatula and Rack.  In session two on December 5th, 2021, we’ll make the Spoon, Ladle and Strainer. Skills practiced include drawing and tapering the handles, turning the scrolled ends, drilling, riveting, hot-cutting with a chisel, cutting and dressing sheet metal, precision bending the spatula and sinking the spoon shapes into the swage block. Seasoned beginners can expect to finish one implement during the class and more experienced smiths might finish two or more.  All will leave with knowledge of the skills to make more when time and circumstances allow.  These utensils can be used in the kitchen, for camping and at the barbecue.  They also make beautiful gifts! Each class will run from 9:00am-3:00pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: Any Discovery class plus 4 other classes or equivalent experience.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student who has familiarity with the skills involved and has developed stamina and basic hammer control. This class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch Fee $175.00
  • December 29, 2021

    Autumn Leaves

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 29, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf forms. The leaf motif has always been used to add visual interest to forged pieces from architectural work to jewelry and everything in between. Once you learn these techniques you can add leaves to almost all your projects. In this class we will demonstrate a variety of different leaf and foliage forms. They  can be made to look very realistic or representational depending on your preference.  This is a fun class in which you will get to exercise your creative license and let your imagination run free. Here’s a list of some of the skills you will learn in this class... Forging short tapers Isolating material with half faced blows to forge the leaf pre-form Drawing out stem material and turning it from square to round Using the pein and/or fullers to spread metal directionally and suggest vein texture Fold forming Light upsetting and drastic spreading to create the ginkgo leaf This class is a great way to practice your hammer accuracy and learn how to pre-form the steel to create the shapes you want to materialize. Think of it as a class to learn and practice making leaves that will adorn your future projects.
  • December 26, 2021

    Magic Wands

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date. December 26, 2021 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 follow-up to our Discovery class 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. Students are welcome to bring their own magic orb, if they have one that is extra special. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 1:00PM. The prerequisite is any Discovery class.  
  • December 15, 2021

    Woven Bracelet

    $150.00
    Date: December 15, 2021 Time: 6 PM - 10 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.
  • December 12, 2021

    Heart Hook

    $150.00
    Date: December 12, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this fun class, students will forge a steel bar into a heart shaped wall hook under the guidance of Adam’s Forge instructor John Drayer. In addition to making something both functional and beautiful, students will have a chance to refine and strengthen their forging skills, including:  
    • Using a chisel to hot-cut the steel.
    • Learning the use of a ‘convenience’ bend to isolate the ends of the heart for tapering and scrolling
    • Creating decorative elements such as twists
    • Using the horn of the anvil to turn both the hook and the heart lobes
    • Hot punching or drilling the holes for attaching the hook to a surface
    If you’ve had a chance to make your own hot cut or cold chisel, this is the perfect opportunity to use it! Students will have the option of punching or drilling a hole into their piece for a screw with the drill press. They can finish their piece with a wire wheel or use a finishing wax. This wall hook is a simple and attractive piece and John will explain how you can incorporate these design elements into your own projects using the concepts taught in class.  It’s a perfect gift to make for friends and family that allows the continuation of basic blacksmithing techniques. This is an opportunity to get artistic with metal and add a unique touch to home décor! This class is specifically designed for the beginning smith with just Discovery or a couple of classes under their belt who wishes to build on their skill set.  Prerequisite is any Discovery class. This class runs for 4 hours.  
  • December 11, 2021

    Variations on the Split Cross

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: December 11, 2021 Time: 2 PM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor:  Gary Standke Join us this Holiday season as we explore various forms of the split cross.  From the classic cross to snowflakes, to a version of the Celtic cross, which predates Christianity. Taking precut material (no heavy pounding will be needed), we will transform it completely into something special by spreading and flattening. Now your creativity can express itself. We will review how to change the shape and form of the arms by cutting, spreading, and curling. Then you apply the hammered texture of your choice with many options to choose from. We will then show how to melt a glass marble into the cross. After the forging, we will review the finishing options including brass brushing/ wax and a black finish. This class is designed so a beginner, who has only taken the discovery day, can complete it. For those of you with further experience, you can modify the cross further to make it your own.  These make great gifts! Tools:  Nothing is required for you to bring as we have all the tools needed at the school. Skills covered: Using a chisel to move metal Surface texturing Working with the horn of the anvil to change the center from a diamond to a round shape Glass work Finishing

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