• July 20, 2024

    Keyhole Spatula

    $190.00
    Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Becky Schimpff Prerequisite: Any Discovery workshop plus 2-3 project workshops.  The more experienced smith will get more out of this workshop. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up

    Learn to forge a keyhole spatula in this fun class taught by Becky Schimpff. The keyhole spatula is a traditional shape that was used historically for fireplace cooking, with at least one spatula in every kitchen. Come forge your own! We promise it will be a great addition to your own kitchen, bbq or camp set-up.

    Forging a keyhole shape presents a unique challenge: how do you get the metal to move into the desired shape with your hammer and anvil? In this class, Becky will introduce the concept of creating a pre-shape that allows us to isolate and then manipulate the bar to create the desired outcome, in this case a keyhole shape. This is an important concept in blacksmithing and understanding the concepts will help you as you approach your own projects.

    Once set up with a pre-shape, Becky will demonstrate how to spread the bar using the peen of your hammer. This is an excellent exercise in hammer control, and we'll spend some time looking at hammer blows and how your hammer blow impacts your results.

    Once the spatula is formed, Becky will shift to handle design. She'll show how to approach the handle and design considerations. Ultimately this part of the project is up to you, so bring your ideas and creativity!

    Lastly, we'll put on a food safe finish so your spatula will be ready to go to work.

    There is lots of learning built into this project and the skills you learn will definitely improve your blacksmithing repertoire. And you'll get to come home with a super rad spatula!

    Becky is passionate about blacksmithing education; she is currently ABANA Education Chair and a member of the CBA Education Committee. She wrote a how-to on the keyhole spatula for the California Blacksmith Magazine and her article is currently available in the complementary version of the magazine on the CBA website. Check it out here - www.calsmith.org.

    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal 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!
  • August 10, 2024

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 10, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett In this workshop, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett 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 workshop, 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! Please note: All workshops 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!
  • September 28, 2024 - September 29, 2024

    Introduction to Damascus Steel

    $650.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Dates & Times: September 28, 2024 from 2:00pm - 10:00pm September 29, 2024 from 2:00pm - 8:00pm Students must attend both days. Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia Prerequisites: Any Discovery workshop plus a Power Hammer Safety Workshop.  Previous experience with forge welding is recommended. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer. In this workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in making a pattern-welded Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers & hydraulic press to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, preliminary etching to reveal the pattern will be addressed, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 8 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2 with an hour meal break. 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!    
  • November 10, 2024 - November 11, 2024

    Introduction to Damascus Steel

    $650.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Dates & Times: November 10, 2024 from 9:00am - 5:00pm November 11, 2024 from 10:00am - 4:00pm Students must attend both days. Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia Prerequisites: Any Discovery workshop plus a Power Hammer Safety Workshop.  Previous experience with forge welding is recommended. Suggested Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up. Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer. In this workshop, Adam's Forge lead instructor Dossain Valencia will guide you in making a pattern-welded Damascus billet using contrasting high carbon steels.  You'll gain instruction in preparing the billets, forge welding, and working with the power hammers & hydraulic press to draw them out.  The process will be repeated several times to increase the number of layers.  Finally, preliminary etching to reveal the pattern will be addressed, followed by a discussion of possible uses as well as tips on working with Damascus for future projects. This workshop will run for 8 hours on day 1 and 6 hours on day 2 with an hour meal break. 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!
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: August 25, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge This workshop is held in conjunction with the Craft Contemporary Museum.  To register, please follow this link: Introduction to Blacksmithing 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.
  • November 29, 2024 - December 01, 2024

    Honesuki Style Knife

    $600.00
    Date: November 29 & 30 & December 1, 2024 Time:  9AM - 5PM Location: Adam's Forge Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes. Please note: This workshop takes place over three consecutive days. Each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm with an hour meal break. Students must attend all sessions.

    Fresh from Two Fish Cutlery comes Tom Pricone’s newest interpretation of a culinary classic, the Honesuki.  This Japanese boning knife is popular among chefs and home cooks thanks to its nimble geometry and very fine edge.  It’s also versatile enough to use for filleting fish, slicing meat, and dicing veggies.

    At 6-3/4 inches, this is smaller than a chef’s knife, yet the perfect size and shape for most food prep.

    In keeping with our overall approach to blade smithing, the emphasis in this workshop will be on forged to finish blades with minimal stock removal necessary. The impact of design choices on overall functionality, balance, wrist, and hand fatigue will also be explored.  From forging to heat treating, grinding, polishing, handle construction and fit-up, students will have clear instruction and expert assistance each step of the way.

    Rugged, refined, respected.  This cutlery exemplifies functional, elegant beauty.  If you’re serious about making knives, this class is not to be missed!

    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!
  • October 11, 2024 - October 14, 2024

    Frontier Belt Knife

    $750.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: October 11, 12, 13 & 14 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: Letter Opener Discovery plus Introduction to Bladesmithing or 2-3 of our blade classes or equivalent.
    Skill Level: Seasoned beginner and up.
    This workshop is for the Frontier Belt Knife only.  If you'd like to make your own custom leather sheath, you can sign up here. Please note: This class takes place over four consecutive morning/afternoon classes.

    Friday 10/11/24 through Monday (Federal Holiday) 10/14/24 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Students must attend all sessions.

    Whether you're horseback riding up in the rugged Yukon or the foothills of the Sierras, you'll want to make sure you have this Bowie belt knife by your side. Nothing says adventure and exploration like this extensive knife course to bring your skill set on par with blacksmiths from Early America. If you are a serious survivalist, camper, outdoorsman, or into bushcraft, then this class is tailor made for you. Take it with you wherever you decide to go and know you have a piece forged by you that can stand up to the rigors of untamed nature.

    Come to Adam’s Forge to make your own knife inspired by those the pioneer hunters in early America would have carried alongside them into the unknown wilderness. Over this four-day workshop, students will forge out their own knives.

    Students should be familiar with blade forging processes and have prior prerequisites met to get the most out of this class. Attention to detail on hand hammer techniques to end with a knife that is as close as we can get it to final dimensions is the name of the game.

    These workshops are 8 hours long with an hour meal 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!

  • Prerequisite: any Discovery class. Date: August 29, 2024 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian Forging Friends Special! Buy two and save $36! use this coupon code: 6PSHK4RB This class is a great follow-up to a Discovery class.  Here,  you’ll use some basic forging techniques to sculpt something both creative and useful.  Using bar stock, a rounding hammer and the horn of the anvil, you’ll shape the graceful curves that make this tool a pleasure to hold.  With some of our hand forged custom punches, you’ll give your creature of the deep character and features to make it unique. Skills used in this project include: Tapering Forging on the horn of the anvil to create curves and chamfers, making it ergonomic Hot punching with several different punches Forming the opener end around a mandrel This is a good class for beginners and makes a great present! 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!
  • Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: November 24, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge This is another fun class in which you can make something both useful and beautiful for yourself or as a gift. Forging steel tubing opens lots of possibilities in both form and function.  It’s an example of the wonderful things that are possible when you use traditional smithing on modern industrial steel. Skills utilized in this class include using the guillotine tool to neck down and shrink the tubing, using the horn of the anvil to shape and flare the candle cup, cutting the material with a hacksaw, twisting in the vise and using different hammers to create texture. The instructor will demonstrate various different techniques and then you'll be free to create your own unique piece.  This is a class that has something to offer everyone from beginners to more advanced students. 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!
  • November 17, 2024

    Fish Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: any Discovery class. Date: November 17, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian This class is a great follow-up to a Discovery class.  Here,  you’ll use some basic forging techniques to sculpt something both creative and useful.  Using bar stock, a rounding hammer and the horn of the anvil, you’ll shape the graceful curves that make this tool a pleasure to hold.  With some of our hand forged custom punches, you’ll give your creature of the deep character and features to make it unique. Skills used in this project include: Tapering Forging on the horn of the anvil to create curves and chamfers, making it ergonomic Hot punching with several different punches Forming the opener end around a mandrel This is a good class for beginners and makes a great present! 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!
  • August 17, 2024 - August 18, 2024

    EDC Knife with Ben Abbott

    $800.00

    Date: August 17 & 18, 2024

    Time: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Ben Abbott

    Please note: This workshop takes place over two consecutive days.  

    Skill Level: Seasoned Beginner and up. This workshop will require skills on the anvil and experience on the grinders to get the most out of Ben’s instruction.

    An EDC knife is an everyday carry knife. It’s the most reliable one that you keep on you all the time. The EDC is light, small and practical. Every bladesmith has their own take on how they forge these and now is your chance to learn from Ben Abbott, the undefeated Forged in Fire champ, on his approach to forging this indispensable piece.

    This knife is the perfect size for everyday use, from opening boxes to cutting birthday cake!  We will go through forging, grinding and heat treating, plus handle design and ergonomics.

    This workshop will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm with an hour meal break

    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 time period 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!

     
  • July 28, 2024

    Discovery Magic Wand

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None.  This is an introductory class. Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up Date. July 28, 2024 Time: 2 PM -  6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Could you use more magic in your life?  If so, this is the workshop for you! Commercially mass-produced wands made of wood or resin will break with use, but a hand-forged wand will last forever. This super fun workshop is a great introduction to the forge and is suitable for more advanced students as well. Here, you will be guided in forging your own magic wand from a 3/8″ square bar. The instructor will demonstrate various design options, including different styles of twists and surface textures, and they’ll assist you as you create your own magic. Once your wand is made, your instructor will show you how to add an optional magical orb (otherwise known as a marble) to the top of the wand for extra special power. Finally, they will go over finishing options.

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