• July 10, 2022

    Steel and Copper Wall Hook

    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.

    Please note: fold-forming is very open to improvisation and your piece will be unique!

    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.

  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 20, 2022 Time: 10 AM - 2 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.  
  • July 14, 2022 - July 28, 2022

    Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I

    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.  
  • July 30, 2022

    Architectural Bracket

    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.
  • July 23, 2022

    Skeleton Bottle Opener

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: July 23, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    This class runs from 9 am-3 pm, with a one-hour break for lunch.

    Today we will make a ghoulish tool for the kitchen or any party. We’ll forge this from mild steel and apply a wax finish.

    The project starts by drawing out the steel as you did in the Discovery Day Class. This taper will be bent around and back to create a bottle opener.

    Then the fun begins as we form the skeleton. We start by using a guillotine tool (how appropriate) to form the neck and waist. Then we work on the face and chest.  You’ll have plenty of opportunity to make it your own.

    Once formed, a wax finish is applied to protect the steel from kitchen abuse.

    Much fun to be had by all and you will have a tool that you’ll definitely want to make again and again, as gifts for all your friends.

    Skills learned: Tapers, bending over the horn, using tooling for decoration, and finishing.

  • July 31, 2022

    Three Hook Wall Rack

    Date: July 31, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

    Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    Class runs from 9am – 3pm with an hour meal break

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery class

    This is a fast-paced class and is best suited to students who’ve taken 2 or 3 project classes and/or open forges in addition to the requisite Discovery class

    Traditional blacksmithing skills combine with contemporary design to create an elegant, strong piece.  Use it as a coat rack, towel rack, key holder, or whatever suits your needs.

    Skills used include: tapering, turning scrolls and hooks, fullering with a cross pein hammer, using a bob punch, match drilling the holes and riveting the assembly together.

    Students with more advanced skills can improvise and put their own spin on it!


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