• 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.
  • October 21, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • October 03, 2021

    Iron Age Cutlery

    $175.00
    Date: October 3, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Students should have the experience or motivation to deal with the challenge of moving metal to very specific dimension, as well at the challenge of holding difficult shapes while striking them.  Today we will make a small (about 4 inches total length) knife and "fork" no person in the Iron Age would want to be without. This is this perfect first knife for those with little blacksmithing experience and also a great project for those with more experience.  We will be making the knife of mild steel yet hardening it in a secret Viking way which will allow for a razor edge. Once the knife is done we move on to that essential eating tool – the one pronged Spisepind. Together, you will have a cutlery set the envy of all your fellow Norsemen and Norsewomen! Prerequisite: Discovery class or Letter Opener class This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • October 09, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: October 9, 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!
  • 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
  • October 08, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 8, 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.  
  • October 15, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 15, 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 4 pm to 10 pm with a break for dinner.  
  • 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
  • October 01, 2021

    Long Stemmed Rose

    $150.00
      Date: October 1, 2021 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge This beautiful rose is made from a single bar of steel.  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian will lead you on a journey of discovery in which you’ll learn to design, plan the sequence of steps and then forge the stem and petals from a single bar of steel.  In this great follow-up to the Discovery class, you’ll learn more advanced hammer techniques to draw out the individual petals.  The magic starts when the bar is rolled into the rosebud form.  Once you have these basics down, you can experiment with variations and create a bouquet of flowers. These make great gifts! This class runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pre-requisite: Any Discovery class 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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