- Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: July 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Do you want to expand your skills as a blacksmith? This is a class that can help! Much of the beauty of hand-forged ironwork comes from the use of traditional joinery. In this class, we’ll build on the basic skills introduced in the Discovery class, such as tapering, twisting and scrolling. To these, we’ll add hot cutting, punching and riveting, to really expand the possibilities of what you can make. You’ll start with 3 pieces of steel that you’ll forge, taper and twist. You’ll also learn how to hot cut, punch, then rivet and assemble them into a wall-mounted bracket. Let your imagination go wild! Will it hold a hanging lamp, a banner or plants? If you made 2, they could also function as shelf brackets. This bracket is both decorative and functional. And what a great personalized gift! Under the guidance of Adam’s Forge Instructor John Drayer, students will expand their craft and develop their understanding of more advanced blacksmithing projects. Successful completion of this class will satisfy 3 of the CBA Level I requirements. Pre-requisite: we require that students take at least a Discovery class prior to this class. While not required, we’ve found that students who’ve also taken 2-3 project classes and have developed some confidence with hammer control will have a more satisfying experience in this class. The class runs for 6 hours with a one-hour lunch break.
- Date: July 3, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 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 – 3:00pm with an hour meal break.
- Date: July 10, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge
This class combines steel and copper to make a unique wall hook that will definitely turn some heads. We’ll have two instructors on hand and split the class in half. One half of the class will make their steel wall hook while the other half will make their fold-formed copper tile. Then, we’ll switch places. The final assembly with copper rivets brings the whole piece together.
Skills covered include tapering, turning on the horn and upsetting the rivets. You’ll get an introduction to annealing copper and learn about work hardening. We’ll demonstrate some fundamental fold forming techniques and discuss design considerations.
This is a super fun project and successful students will take home a piece that’s ready to mount on the wall.
Prerequisite: any Discovery class
This class runs from 9am – 3pm with a break for lunch.
- Date: June 16, 23 and 30, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Thursday evening classes. Session 1: 6-16-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 6-23-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 6-30-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll build on the skills you developed in previous blade classes and learn to forge and finish a full tang utility knife. Starting with 1084 tool steel, on day 1, we’ll cover blade design, forging techniques, heat treatment and grinding. Our emphasis will be on precise forging with close attention to temperatures, thus ensuring the integrity of the steel and minimizing the amount of grinding needed. After forging, we’ll rough-grind the blades and anneal them overnight. On day 2, we’ll drill the tangs, cut and rough out the hardwood scales for the handles, cut the pins that will secure the handles to the tang and do the finish blade grinding before putting them back in the oven for the hardening and tempering cycle. On day 3, we’ll focus on shaping the scales and the final fit-up with glue and pins. We’ll finish the day with sanding and a discussion of sealing options. Successful students can expect to complete one 3 to 4 inch knife. Prerequisites: The Letter Opener Discovery and the Blacksmith’s Knife or equivalent. Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program. Fee: $425
- Date: July 14, 21 & 28 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive Wednesday evening classes. Session 1: 7-14-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 7-21-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 7-28-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll make a set of essential tools of the blacksmith’s trade. More importantly, with the skills you acquire, you’ll be able to make all kinds of custom tools: punches and chisels for eyes, ears, fins, scales and more. You’ll make a center punch, scribe, round punch, hot-cut chisel and a very handy set of dividers that can be used with one hand. You’ll learn how to forge, and heat treat tool steel, how to maintain and dress your tools as well as some of the finer points of tool design. For those interested in obtaining CBA (California Blacksmith Association) level I certification, successful completion of this class will satisfy 5 of the requirements needed. To quote one of our instructors: ‘Blacksmithing is a superpower. I get to make tools that other people have to buy.’ Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener Discovery Class.
- Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 9, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 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.
- Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date:April 12, 2022 Time: 1 PM - 5 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. Note: This class is a prerequisite to all blade classes.