• May 11, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: May 11, 2024 Time: 12 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • May 18, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: May 18, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • April 28, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: April 28, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge Not just a useful tool, but also the first step to all of your bladesmithing dreams, our Letter Opener is a Discovery workshop as well as a prerequisite for all of our blade workshops. The Letter Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it 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. Don’t be afraid if that sounds like a lot; we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you master all the skills you need. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • May 12, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Date: May 12, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this is an introductory workshop Our newest Discovery workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students alike. The project is simple, but leaves so much space for improvisation and creativity. If you want to see what you can really do, this is the workshop for you! Using 1/4” mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock to create a tool that balances neatly in your hand while in use. They’ll show you 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 wacky 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 sticks, perfect for your own use, or if there is a certain long-haired person in your life you wish to impress. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

  • April 27, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Date: April 27, 2024 Time: 12 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this is an introductory workshop Our newest Discovery workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students alike. The project is simple, but leaves so much space for improvisation and creativity. If you want to see what you can really do, this is the workshop for you! Using 1/4” mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock to create a tool that balances neatly in your hand while in use. They’ll show you 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 wacky 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 sticks, perfect for your own use, or if there is a certain long-haired person in your life you wish to impress. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

  • May 25, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date: May 25, 2024 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle Opener workshop is perfect as either an introductory or a follow-up course, as it 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it. Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

         
  • Date: May 11, 2024

    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

    Instructors: Karen Norman & Donovan Mervis

    Prerequisites: None

    Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up

    Would you like to expand your skills to include working with leather? Perhaps you've done a bit of leather working and would like to learn more.  Here’s an opportunity to learn from two skilled artisans who’ve been working with leather for almost twenty years. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques needed to successfully work with a pattern, prepare the leather for stamping, how to choose the right tools for the design you want, as well as basic stitching, wet molding and the use of hardware in leather joinery.

    Karen Norman is an accomplished leather artisan and experienced teacher. Donovan Mervis is a multi-talented artist whose creations include finely crafted leather work as well as mixed media pieces that incorporate metal, beads, and other materials with leather. Together, they’ll demonstrate and help you create your choice of either a valet tray or a card holder. All the tools and materials needed are included in the workshop fee and no prior experience is necessary.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • May 18, 2024 - May 19, 2024

    Chasing and Repoussé

    $425.00
      Date: May 18 & 19, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is an introductory class; no prerequisite is required. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm Instructor: Heather McLarty Students must attend both sessions. Experience transforming flat sheet metal into three dimensional sculpture using the techniques of repoussé and chasing. These techniques have been used for centuries in many cultures to express the ideas of makers, from jewelry, sword fittings and armor to the Statue of Liberty!   Students are encouraged to design their image and get input from the instructor beforehand. Your sketch should fit inside a 3 or 4 inch square.  Designs may be representational or abstract. We will start with an explanation of the various approaches and talk about design. After a bit of demonstration each student will design and execute their work in sheet copper. We will use pitch in part of the process. There are so many options, come try it for yourself! The fee for the class includes copper sheet. Pitch, pitch bowls and tooling will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring any tooling of their own (such as chasing hammers) but it is not necessary. Heat sources such as heat guns and plumber’s torches will be shared. If you have a heat gun, please bring it.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: May 12, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    This is a good introductory project class for anyone interested in trying some chainmail, jewelry, or just plain crafting fun-seekers. Learn about jump rings, small pliers and get started by getting the hang of a Byzantine (or square) pattern chain. The goal is to make a bracelet, but this can be used in other ways as well. A wonderful gift for Mom would be to take this class together. Or craft her a present with the hands she loves.

    All tools and materials will be provided.

    Please note: the first week that registration for this workshop is open, spots may only be purchased by members. If you find you are unable to register, please check back after that first week has passed, or consider becoming a member of Adam’s Forge. All proceeds go towards supporting our amazing organization, and membership will bring you exclusive events and opportunities, along with a community of other blacksmiths!

       
  • May 05, 2024

    Botanical Forms

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: May 5, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf and plant 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. 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 12, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener, Power Hammer Safety,  plus one or two project classes. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    Join us to create a blacksmith knife with the assistance of the power hammer.  This is a high carbon steel knife made from 80CRV2 steel.  This is your chance to safely use the power hammers. The drawing out of the handle of this knife takes about 30 minutes of heavy hitting with a hammer on the anvil. With the power hammer, it's done in a few minutes with little physical exertion on your part.

    We start this class by reviewing how to use the power hammer in a safe and effective manner.  While it can rapidly move metal with little effort on your part, it can also crush your project into a pretzel just as quickly.

    Then it's time to start the knife by drawing out the steel on the power hammer creating the handle.  The 4-inch blade section is then forged on the anvil; the power hammer will not help us here. Getting the correct taper and choosing your knife’s point will be discussed and demonstrated.  Once all is forged and rough ground, hardening is done at the forge: heating the blade to the correct temperature and quenching in oil to harden the edge. Tempering the blade to improve the toughness comes next using an oven.  Then to the powered grinders to grind, polish, and hone the edge to your chosen sharpness.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we’ll be following up with leather sheath workshops in the very near future, so keep your eyes open for that.  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 starts at 9 am and runs to 3 pm with an hour for lunch 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!

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