• February 26, 2022

    Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is the first class to take. Date: February 26, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Start Smithing! The Ancient DIY Craft. Not sure what blacksmithing is or if you’re really interested? This class is for you! Come watch a demonstration and then give it a try in the forge with the help of one of our intrepid instructors. The pre-industrial art of blacksmithing has existed since the ancient times - copper making at high-temperature dates as far back as 5,000 BCE! Projects are simple and will give you a taste of what hot forging is about. In this 4 hour class you'll get an introduction to our forge and tools, learn how to work safely, and learn the fundamental techniques of blacksmithing. And you'll come home with a useful item that you forged on your own! Come discover blacksmithing for yourself! 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.
  • February 27, 2022

    Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $125.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: February 27, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 1 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.  
  • February 03, 2022

    Forge Welded Woven Bracelet

    $150.00
    Date: February 3, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you ready to forge weld?  Up until modern times, this skill was a closely guarded secret.  In this class, you’ll take a single round bar and using some clever hot folding and forge welding, create a three-piece bracelet.  Adam’s Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian will demonstrate the forge welding, twisting and forming of the open basket weave and finally show you how to form it into a beautiful bracelet that you can custom fit to your liking. The skills learned in this class will easily translate to a wide variety of other items and uses. From hardware to handles to pure ornamentation, this basket weave is a classic design element you’ll want to have in your repertoire. 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.
  • February 06, 2022

    Horseshoe Heart

    $150.00
    Date: February 6, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class we will be recycling horseshoes and turning them into hearts.  The horseshoe symbolizes luck and the heart represents love. We'll combine the two to create a piece that makes a great wall decoration, trivet, housewarming present, Valentine's Day present, or an additional element to another art piece you may be working on.  In this beginner level class you will be learning ... When and how to use a rounding hammer Tong control, 3 points of contact Using the horn to create graceful curves and taper simultaneously This project is a lot of fun without any measurement parameters so you can work on hammer control and free form forging to create the shape you envision. Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class  
  • January 29, 2022

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: January 29, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke Imagine taking a solid bar and, with a few bends, creating something truly complex. The spring swage is used to make isolated designs in material. They can be round, square, or as complex as you wish. We will be using this fuller in a later class to help make the leafing hammer head. This class will go over how to calculate material for the projects you design, allowing for changes in length with changes in thickness, using mandrels to attain specified diameters, and a host of other useful information. We will then fire up the forges and should have no problem completing the project. We are only using ½ inch round material so great strength and endurance are not required.  There are no prerequisites other than the Discovery day. So if you are ready for the next step in your exploration of blacksmithing sign up to have some fun.  Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 2, by Mark Aspery, p13 This class runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm with a one hour break for lunch.  
  • February 20, 2022

    Iron Age Knife

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: February 20, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Will Larranaga 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!
  • February 19, 2022

    Architectural Bracket

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: February 19, 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?   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. 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.
  • February 26, 2022

    Round Punch

    $175.00
    Date: February 26, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett There is more than one way to create a hole in metal. You are likely familiar with using a drill. But what if you need to create a hole without removing too much material? A round punch is the best way to punch a hole while removing the least material.  In this class students will learn to forge and heat treat a hand held round punch out of high carbon steel. Students will start by making the struck end using the same technique as with other hand tools such as the Hot Cut Chisel. Then students will create a long round taper to create the punch on the business end of the tool. Once the punch is filed and heat treated it will be ready for use. Round punches are generally used to create the rivet holes. In fact, we'll be using these punches next month in our Mortise and Tenon Class and later in the year to create the rivet holes in several projects, including a pair of tongs. Beyond creating holes, punches can be also be used to create the nose, eyes and ears when forging animals. The round punch can also be filed to make what is called a bob punch used to make the tab required to create a functional bottle opener. Once you learn how to make this basic round punch, you’ll be able to adjust the sizing and design for your own project needs.  This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes.  Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification. Students interested in certification will be able to meet the CBA requirements to 1) make a round punch, and 2) heat treat a tool upon completion of this class. 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.
  • February 12, 2022

    Butcher Tool

    $175.00
    Date: February 12, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Are you interested in building your repertoire of fundamental blacksmithing skills and techniques? Do you want to learn how to make your own blacksmithing tools? Then this class is for you! In this class, students will learn to forge and heat treat a hand held butcher tool from high carbon steel.  A butcher tool is a type of chisel that is flat on one side. It is used to help isolate and push metal to where you want it to go, and is useful in a wide variety of projects. Every blacksmith has a few different styles in their toolbox!  In this class, students will be making a type of butcher tool specifically designed to isolate material to create the vertical shoulders of tenons (used in mortise and tenon joinery). Students will have the opportunity to use their butcher tools and learn how to make a tenon later in the year in our Celtic Trivet class. The technique of forging a butcher is similar to forging a chisel, the final edge is not as sharp and has a shape designed for isolating material.  Once you know how to make one, you'll be able to adjust what you've learned and forge similar style tools in shapes that you need for projects of your own design. And if you can make a butcher (moves material in one direction), you'll also be able to make a fuller (moves material in two directions). Butchers and fullers can be used in creating the veins of leaves, widening the ends of scrolls, putting the ears on a bear, creating the teeth on a dragon, and more!  This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes. This year-long series of classes is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month and each class focuses on making essential blacksmithing tools or completing one or more of the techniques most fundamental to blacksmithing. After completing the series, students will have the skills needed to create basic blacksmithing projects and the associated tooling. Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification. Students interested in certification will be able to meet the CBA requirements to 1) make a butcher tool, and 2) heat treat a tool upon completion of this class. This series 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 that have taken a number of classes with us first are more successful and get more out of these classes. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us. Suggested (optional) reading for this class is "Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing" Volume 1 by Mark Aspery pages 59 - 65 (Hand Held Tools) and pages 66 - 73 (The Hot Cut Chisel). Instructions for forging a butcher may be found on page 73. Also, read the entire chapter on heat treating.  
  • January 30, 2022

    Steel Rose

    $180.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 30, 2022 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Just in time for Valentine’s Day! In this fun class students will forge a rose from steel sheet and attach it to a forged stem under the guidance of Adam's Forge instructor Amanda Kazarian.  Amanda will be teaching a whole set of new skills including sheet work, forging, forming and texturing the petals. Students will finish the day with a lovely rose that never wilts! Keep it for yourself or give it to a special person.  The prerequisite for this class is any Discovery class. A little more time with a hammer is useful but not required. This class will run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with a one hour break for lunch. The fee for this class includes 1 rose blank, additional blanks are available for purchase.    
  • February 10, 2022 - February 24, 2022

    Blacksmith’s Knife

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery class - see comments for more advisory information Date: February 10, 17 & 24 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Thursday evening classes. Session 1: 2-10-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Session 2: 2-17-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 2-24-22 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Students must attend all sessions.
    In this workshop students will make the classic “Blacksmith’s Knife” using precision blacksmithing techniques. We will be transforming tool steel into one-piece, three-dimensional knives. Material selection, design, layout, forging & grinding techniques and heat treating will be covered.
    Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program.
    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery class.  Skill level: Beginner with some blacksmithing experience recommended. Students should have some experience with standard blacksmithing operations as well as blade forging.
    The classes take place over three consecutive Thursdays.  The first session is 6 hours with a one-hour meal break, the second session is 4 hours, and the third session is 2 hours.
    Fee: $375.00
     

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