• September 16, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Date: September 16, 2021 Time: 4 PM - 10 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 4 pm to 10 pm with a break for dinner. Instructor: Amanda Kazarian
  • September 20, 2021

    Woven Bracelet

    $150.00
    Date: September 20, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 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.
  • Date: September 18, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Funtastical Tongs! Come to Adam’s Forge and make a set of decorated, fully functional tongs. During the Covid slowdown, Mike Mumford busied himself making a series of decorated tongs that incorporate various images and motifs. We’ve included a photo of his full set of Funtastical Tongs for your viewing pleasure and Mike will bring examples of some of these for show and tell.  Over the weekend of September 18th and 19th, we’ll be holding Funtastical Tongs classes in which you can learn to make two different versions of these.  You can choose to take one or both classes. On Saturday, September 18th we’ll make Skull Bolt Tongs – these are conventional bolt tongs, with a face feature added.  These frightful jaws will hold your work in a spooky death grip.  With their V-shaped bits and bowed jaws, bolt tongs allow the smith to securely hold square and round stock as well as the various shapes of works in progress. This promises to be a fun class in which you’ll learn the skills needed to create your own, custom-made tongs from a very gifted instructor. This class runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: 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.
  • Date: September 19, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Funtastical Tongs! Come to Adam’s Forge and make a set of decorated, fully functional tongs. During the Covid slowdown, Mike Mumford busied himself making a series of decorated tongs that incorporate various images and motifs. We’ve included a photo of his full set of Funtastical Tongs for your viewing pleasure and Mike will bring examples of some of these for show and tell.  Over the weekend of September 18th and 19th, we’ll be holding Funtastical Tongs classes in which you can learn to make two different versions of these.  You can choose to take one or both classes. In this second day of Mike Mumford’s Funtastical Tongs classes, we’ll be making the Alligator Tongs.  These are a version of flat jaw tongs that are designed to grab your stock in a ferocious toothy grip.  In each tong class, Mike will demonstrate using the near and far edges of the anvil to create the off-sets necessary for smooth operation of the jaws.  In addition to creating the facial features, you’ll be drawing out the reins, hot punching the rivet holes and finally assembling, riveting and adjusting the grip to suit the desired stock.  With these skills, you’ll be able to create specialized tongs for various needs. The Alligator tongs were featured in an article in California Blacksmith magazine for May-June 2021. This class runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. Prerequisite: 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.
  • September 21, 2021

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: September 21, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge Start Smithing! The Ancient DIY Craft. Not sure what blacksmithing is or if you’re really interested? This class 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 item that you forged on your own! Come discover blacksmithing for yourself! SAFETY NOTES: Metalworking involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Many of the tools and techniques used at Adam’s Forge are capable of causing injury. Tools can burn, cut, and abrade. These are merely examples and not a complete list of dangers. If we are all aware and use safe practices we can minimize those dangers, hence the need for a safety policy. Each smith is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others nearby. Participants must have instructor clearance before they use any tool. 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 an adult 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 $5.00.
  • September 23, 2021 - September 24, 2021

    Enameled Copper Bowl

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory non-ferrous class. Date: September 23, 2021 & September 24, 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.
  • September 25, 2021

    Viking Fire Steel & Belt Buckle

    $175.00
    Date: September 25, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prepare for your own Viking adventure! This is a perfect class to take after your Discovery day as the stock is small and the items are really impressive. First we will make a Viking style belt buckle. Hard to go adventuring with your pants falling down! Splitting, convenience bends, and tapering will be thoroughly explained.  Then we get to the Fire Steel. Not only are we making the Steel, but we will also teach you how to use it to start a fire: hopefully without burning either your fingers or eyebrows off. Half hammer blows, drawing, tapering, scrolling, hardening and tempering are the skills to be explored.  Prerequisites: Discovery Day This class runs from 9:00AM - 3:00PM with a break for lunch  
  • September 26, 2021

    Monkey Tool

    $175.00
    Date: September 26, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this session, students will forge a monkey tool. What is a monkey tool, you ask? A monkey tool is a blacksmithing tool that is used to dress/sharpen the shoulders on tenons. They're also used to tighten two pieces of metal together just before you drive a rivet.  So, if you plan on joining two pieces of metal together using tenons or rivets, this is an essential tool!  Making a monkey tool requires hot punching and drifting an eye in a 1 inch square bar. Once you learn the technique it is applicable to any project that requires an eye. Students interested in making hammers, this class is for you! Or if you'd like to learn to punch and drift a railroad spike to make a tomahawk, this class is for you!  We'll be using these tools next month in our Mortise and Tenon Trivet class.  If you've already made slit and drift tools, you can bring them to class and use them.  If not, don't worry, we'll have everything you need. This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes.  Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification.  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. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • September 28, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: September 29, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 4 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 10 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch. Instructor: Will Larranaga
  • September 17, 2021

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: September 17, 2021 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 class 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 item that you forged on your own! Come discover blacksmithing for yourself! SAFETY NOTES: Metalworking involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Many of the tools and techniques used at Adam’s Forge are capable of causing injury. Tools can burn, cut, and abrade. These are merely examples and not a complete list of dangers. If we are all aware and use safe practices we can minimize those dangers, hence the need for a safety policy. Each smith is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others nearby. Participants must have instructor clearance before they use any tool. 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 an adult 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 $5.00.
  • September 30, 2021

    Friedrich’s Split Blade

    $175.00
    Date: September 30, 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.
  • September 29, 2021

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: September 29, 2021 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 class 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 item that you forged on your own! Come discover blacksmithing for yourself! SAFETY NOTES: Metalworking involves a certain amount of inherent risk. Many of the tools and techniques used at Adam’s Forge are capable of causing injury. Tools can burn, cut, and abrade. These are merely examples and not a complete list of dangers. If we are all aware and use safe practices we can minimize those dangers, hence the need for a safety policy. Each smith is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others nearby. Participants must have instructor clearance before they use any tool. 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 an adult 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 $5.00.

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