• October 31, 2021

    Skull Necklace

    $175.00
    Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Prerequisite: Discovery class or Letter Opener class Halloween is here and Dia De Los Muertos is nipping at its heels. Best be properly attired! On this day, Adam's Forge instructor Gary Standke will take you down a dark and winding path into the heart of the forge where you will make iron skulls and create a necklace, amulet, talisman or just plain scary thingy.  We will go over tooling required, shaping the iron, using custom made punches and fullers for the facial features, options for giving it the look you want and finishing techniques.  Finally you'll create the string and hardware for the necklace. You'll practice the technical skills of tapering, hot cutting, slitting, punching, grinding and necklace fabrication.  At the same time, you'll also be sculpting hot metal and assessing your progress as you work. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • October 26, 2021

    Penannular Pin

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: October 26, 2021 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian 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 class is a perfect next step after Discovery Class. Amanda will 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 4 PM-10 PM, with a half-hour meal break.
  • November 12, 2021

    Magic Wands

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date. November 12, 2021 Time: 6 PM - 10 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 10:00AM to 2:00PM. The prerequisite is any Discovery class.  
  • November 14, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 14, 2021 Time: 9 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. The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch.  
  • October 30, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 9 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. The class runs from 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch.  
  • November 13, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: November 13, 2021 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!
  • November 05, 2021

    Hair Pin Class

    $150.00
      Date: November 5, 2021 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Hair Pin is a great follow-up project to our Discovery Class and makes a great gift as well! In this class, you’ll advance your skills in tapering, twisting, turning scrolls and using different parts of the anvil to achieve your results.  Adam’s Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian will introduce the concepts of symmetry and proportion in designing ornamental ironwork.  Under Amanda's guidance,  you’ll strengthen your hammer control as you make your own finely crafted personal hair ornament. Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class
  • November 18, 2021

    Friedrich’s Split Blade

    $175.00
    Date: November 18, 2021 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge This beautiful blade evokes notions of honor, chivalry and swashbuckling adventure.  It’s also exciting and fun to forge.  And depending on your skill level, it may also develop magical qualities. In this class Adam’s Forge newest Instructor Dossain Valencia adapted a design of Frank Trousil’s that was itself an adaptation of the famous Christoph Friedrich split cross.  The legend goes that while in an ancient smithy in England, Friedrich unearthed a cross that had a very unusual diamond shaped opening in its center.  Through observation and experimentation, he unlocked the mystery of how it was made.  In doing so, he resurrected a technique that had been lost for centuries and shared it with blacksmiths all over the world. Techniques practiced on this project include opening the split stock, drawing tapers, shaping the blade with half-faced hammer blows, using convenience bends, scrolling and filing or grinding to a finished edge. This class is suitable for the advancing smith who has developed some stamina and hammer control, as there will be a fair amount of drawing out of the stock.  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 the class. A version of this blade was featured in the September/October 2021 issue of the California Blacksmith Association magazine. Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener class The class runs from 4pm to 10pm with a break for dinner.
  • October 21, 2021

    Friedrich’s Split Blade

    $175.00
    Date: October 21, 2021 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge This beautiful blade evokes notions of honor, chivalry and swashbuckling adventure.  It’s also exciting and fun to forge.  And depending on your skill level, it may also develop magical qualities. In this class Adam’s Forge newest Instructor Dossain Valencia adapted a design of Frank Trousil’s that was itself an adaptation of the famous Christoph Friedrich split cross.  The legend goes that while in an ancient smithy in England, Friedrich unearthed a cross that had a very unusual diamond shaped opening in its center.  Through observation and experimentation, he unlocked the mystery of how it was made.  In doing so, he resurrected a technique that had been lost for centuries and shared it with blacksmiths all over the world. Techniques practiced on this project include opening the split stock, drawing tapers, shaping the blade with half-faced hammer blows, using convenience bends, scrolling and filing or grinding to a finished edge. This class is suitable for the advancing smith who has developed some stamina and hammer control, as there will be a fair amount of drawing out of the stock.  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 the class. A version of this blade was featured in the September/October 2021 issue of the California Blacksmith Association magazine. Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener class The class runs from 4pm to 10pm with a break for dinner.
  • October 23, 2021 - October 25, 2021

    Forging Fashion with Ellen Durkan

    $565.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener Class Date: October 23, 24 & 25 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive days, starting at 9:00 am. Class fee includes attendance at the Evening with Ellen Durkan on October 22, 2021. See venue details here Students must attend all sessions. Each session will run approximately 6 hours with a break for lunch. Come and get your bling on with Ellen Durkan! We are excited to welcome Ellen Durkan to Adam’s Forge for a 3-day class on Forged Wearable Art.  Ellen is a prolific artist blacksmith who creates forged fashion from hot metal.  She’s also a gifted Professor of Art and Design who generously shares her talents with several Universities, Colleges and Craft Schools. This is a series of classes that begins with a talk and slide show on the evening of Friday, October 22nd and continues through the following 3 days at the forge from 9:00am to 3:00pm with an hour break for lunch each day.  Those who sign up for the class will automatically have access to Friday night’s event at a separate event space.  As spaces are limited and we expect demand to exceed supply, we’re offering the Friday evening talk as a separate event for those who would like to join us on the night. The class is based around creating something to be worn around the neck. We will forge organic based shapes and design and fit them as a sculptural form for the body. We will start by forging multiples of a similar shape and incorporating them into a unique piece. This is an opportunity to let your imagination run wild, while also working within the constraints of certain practicalities: how will you put it on and take it off?  Does it need to be adjustable?  Do you have a particular event or purpose in mind for your piece? It’s a good idea to gather your thoughts and bring some sketches to class. While this class is open to students from beginner to advanced, it would be most appropriate for advancing students who’ve developed stamina and hammer control. 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.  
  • November 19, 2021 - November 20, 2021

    Fold Forming Copper & Patination

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: None, this is an introductory class. Date: November 19, 2021 & November 20, 2021 Time: 3 PM - 9 PM and 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate days. This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 3 pm Friday afternoon.  Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 6 hours. Fold forming uses Origami techniques and adapts them to metal, allowing the smith to create three-dimensional structures that can be used in sculpture, jewelry and as added texture and interest in whatever project you want to make with sheet metal! This two-day class will be led by Pat Downing, an artist-blacksmith from San Diego who will bring his bag of tricks to Adam’s Forge.  Pat is known for his large sculptures and bold use of color that employ the same techniques he’ll be teaching in this class. You can see examples of his work here. On day one, Pat will start with a demonstration of a traditional fumed patina which is an interesting technique that requires a bit of time to cure.  While that patina is left to develop, he’ll move on to showing various fold forming techniques before the students are set free to explore and practice on copper sheet. Day two will continue with the fold forming for the first part of the day, followed by more patination solutions and methods.  Students will have the afternoon to experiment with the different patinas on their fold formed pieces and we’ll finish by unwrapping the fumed patina piece from day one. This is a fun and exciting class that introduces the concept of ‘process driven’ design and opens a whole rainbow of color possibilities. With fold forming, you start with a technique and then see where it leads you!  You may end up with a piece that completely surprises and delights you. This is a rare opportunity to learn from an expert in this field and this class will fill quickly, so catch it while you can! This is a 2-day workshop that is scheduled on November 19 -20, from 3:00pm-9:00pm on Friday and 9:00am-3:00pm on Saturday with a meal break each day.  Students must attend both classes. There is no prerequisite to attend.  This is an introductory class.  
  • October 28, 2021 - October 29, 2021

    Enameled Copper Bowl

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory non-ferrous class. Date: October 28, 2021 & October 29, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 1 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 4 hours. In this two-day class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga will team up with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan to guide students in the production of enameled copper bowls. On day one, you’ll make a copper bowl from scratch.  Will Larranaga will guide you through the layout, cutting and dressing 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. On day 2, we’ll take those gorgeous copper bowls you just made and add color to turn them into beautiful jewels.  Enamel is finely ground glass that comes in a rainbow of colors and can be melted onto the surface of most metals.  Enameling metal is one of the most effective means of adding color to your metal work. Copper and enamel play really well together and the combination of the two materials can open up all kinds of cool design possibilities.  We’ll use a kiln to melt the enamels and layer colors in stages.  Expect the unexpected! You’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind bowl you can cherish forever.  And it will be shiny too! In this class, Adam’s Forge is pleased to partner with Glass Artist Cathi Milligan.  For over 28 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 Otis College of Art and Design. 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. Prerequisite: None. This is a non-ferrous introductory class.

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