• January 16, 2022

    Railroad Spike Tomahawk

    Prerequisite: Discovery Class Date: January 16, 2022 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.
  • January 29, 2022

    Spring Fuller & Candlestick

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • January 30, 2022

    Steel Rose

    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.    
  • January 23, 2022

    Ginko Leaf Door Knocker

    Date: January 23, 2022  Time:  9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Would you like to make something in the forge that you’d be proud to mount on your door or give as a gift? This door knocker may be just the class you’ve been waiting for. Adam’s Forge instructor Dossain Valencia created this project with the seasoned intermediate smith in mind. The successful student in this class will have good hammer technique and be able to forge to precise dimension. Skills used include: Using a guillotine tool to isolate material for the top leaf Using a cross pein hammer to spread the Ginko leaves Scrolling Using the swage block and a fuller to create an off-set loop on the back plate and to create the smaller ring on the bottom of the larger ring Drilling or hot punching and riveting This class runs from 2:00pm to 10:00pm with an hour meal break.  While the material isn’t heavy and there won’t be a lot of strenuous hammering, we’re allowing extra time for the fitting and adjustments required to create precision work. Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class.   This is not a class for beginning smiths.   Students who’ve also taken 2-3 project classes, spent time in open forge and have developed confidence and precision with hammer control will have a more satisfying experience in this class.  

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