• October 14, 2021

    Black Cat Bottle Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery or Letter Opener Class Date: October 14, 2021 Time: 6 - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Just in time for Halloween,  Adam's Forge instructor Dossain Valencia gives a feline slant to the punch and drift bottle opener.  In this class, you'll use a slot punch to pierce steel, then drive drifts through the hole to progressively enlarge the opening before shaping it on the horn of the anvil. In this case we will be using these techniques to create a bottle opener, but they are essential skills for a blacksmith to understand and master in order to create additional projects like hammer heads, axe eyes, and a myriad of other projects from creating tooling to artistic endeavors. In this class we will cover skills like... Marking steel to ensure you punch in the intended location. How to punch and pierce steel efficiently without damaging tools Using progressively larger drifts to widen the slot to hole shape, then enlarge the hole to the desired size Forging on the horn to chamfer internal and external corners Using a handled ball punch and a triangular fuller Creating curves in the overall shape to make it more ergonomic This is a fun class that will allow you practice these essential blacksmithing skills and walk away with a handsome piece and the skills to make many more.
  • October 30, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: October 30, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 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 9 am to 3 pm with a break for lunch.  
  • October 10, 2021

    Autumn Leaves

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: October 10, 2021 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class we will sculpt steel with hammer, fullers and anvil to forge organic leaf 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.
  • November 14, 2021

    Letter Opener

    $150.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 14, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 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 9 am to 3 pm 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!
  • October 16, 2021

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: October 16, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam's Forge instructor John Drayer will lead students in making a tomahawk out of a railroad spike. Yes, this class is indeed as cool as it sounds. Yes, this class is challenging. First, John will teach students how to upset the railroad spike. What is upsetting? This is the process of thickening steel and moving mass to where you want the mass to go by isolating sections of the material with heat and banging on it with a hammer. Sound fun? You bet! The idea here is to create mass at the end of the railroad spike by upsetting it into itself so that there is enough material to make the tomahawk blade. This is a really great technique and useful for lots of projects where you may need to create mass. Next, John will teach students to punch the railroad spike using a hand held slot punch to create the opening for the eye for the tomahawk. Have you ever thought about how to create a hole without losing mass? This is one of the most useful blacksmith skills! Punching a hole moves mass to the side, and practically no material is wasted. With a nicely punched hole, students will next move on to forging the tomahawk blade using the peen of their hammers. John will be discussing how to alternate between using the peen and flat face of your hammer to control where the metal will go and in what direction. Lastly, John will show students how use a mouse hawk drift to drift open the eye to the size required for the handle, how to file the edge, and how to attach the handle. Please note that this class is not appropriate for the beginning student! Students should have solid blacksmithing skills before signing up for this class. This class is appropriate for the intermediate smith comfortable working with larger size stock and hand tools. We request that students have taken at least 3-5 project classes or workshops with us or have taken the CBA program in the past or are currently enrolled in our Tools and Techniques classes to be eligible for this class. Please do not sign up for this class if you have just taken Discovery! Take some other classes first, and then come back for this one when you have more experience. If you are not sure about your experience level, contact us and we'll help figure out if this class is for you. This class runs from 9 AM - 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.
  • October 17, 2021

    Celtic Trivet

    $175.00
    Date: October 17, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett This beautiful piece will literally elevate your dining experience!  A classic tripod design makes this trivet both stable and strong.  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate the use of various specialized blacksmithing tools with which you’ll create traditional mortise and tenon joints.  With either a guillotine tool or a square-edged spring fuller, you’ll create tenons on each of the three pieces.  You’ll also be using a round punch to hot punch the mortise holes, and finally the monkey tool brings it all together. This trivet can be made with feet to sit on a table, or with pointed ends to sit in an open fire. This project is the newest addition to our Tools and Techniques series and successful students will meet the mortise and tenon requirement for CBA Level I certification.  If you've already made a Monkey Tool and/or a round punch, feel free to bring them along and put them to use! Prerequisite: Discovery Class or the Letter Opener Class.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student 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.
  • October 21, 2021

    Friedrich’s Split Blade

    $175.00
    Date: October 21, 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.
  • October 31, 2021

    Skull Necklace

    $175.00
    Date: October 31, 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Prerequisite: Discovery class or Letter Opener class Halloween is here and Dia De Los Muertos is nipping at its heels. Best be properly attired! On this day, Adam's Forge instructor Gary Standke will take you down a dark and winding path into the heart of the forge where you will make iron skulls and create a necklace, amulet, talisman or just plain scary thingy.  We will go over tooling required, shaping the iron, using custom made punches and fullers for the facial features, options for giving it the look you want and finishing techniques.  Finally you'll create the string and hardware for the necklace. You'll practice the technical skills of tapering, hot cutting, slitting, punching, grinding and necklace fabrication.  At the same time, you'll also be sculpting hot metal and assessing your progress as you work. This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • November 13, 2021

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: November 13, 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!
  • 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 23, 2021 - October 25, 2021

    Forging Fashion with Ellen Durkan

    $565.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener Class Date: October 23, 24 & 25 2021 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive days, starting at 9:00 am. Class fee includes attendance at the Evening with Ellen Durkan on October 22, 2021. See venue details here Students must attend all sessions. Each session will run approximately 6 hours with a break for lunch. Come and get your bling on with Ellen Durkan! We are excited to welcome Ellen Durkan to Adam’s Forge for a 3-day class on Forged Wearable Art.  Ellen is a prolific artist blacksmith who creates forged fashion from hot metal.  She’s also a gifted Professor of Art and Design who generously shares her talents with several Universities, Colleges and Craft Schools. This is a series of classes that begins with a talk and slide show on the evening of Friday, October 22nd and continues through the following 3 days at the forge from 9:00am to 3:00pm with an hour break for lunch each day.  Those who sign up for the class will automatically have access to Friday night’s event at a separate event space.  As spaces are limited and we expect demand to exceed supply, we’re offering the Friday evening talk as a separate event for those who would like to join us on the night. The class is based around creating something to be worn around the neck. We will forge organic based shapes and design and fit them as a sculptural form for the body. We will start by forging multiples of a similar shape and incorporating them into a unique piece. This is an opportunity to let your imagination run wild, while also working within the constraints of certain practicalities: how will you put it on and take it off?  Does it need to be adjustable?  Do you have a particular event or purpose in mind for your piece? It’s a good idea to gather your thoughts and bring some sketches to class. While this class is open to students from beginner to advanced, it would be most appropriate for advancing students who’ve developed stamina and hammer control. 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.  

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