• 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!
  • July 13, 2024

    Resurrecting Relics

    $200.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Will Larranaga Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class.  The more experienced smith will get more out of this workshop. Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up

     Join us for a refreshing workshop centered around used, found, vintage, and salvaged materials. The focus of this class is not around finishing a project, but methods and best practices when using found materials. From old tools to rebar and leaf springs, it's all useful and begging to be turned into something new. Turn that old pipe wrench in your garage into an interesting new knife that will be a great talking piece! Reforge some of that leaf spring that you have laying around into a new hot punching set for your next blacksmithing project! The possibilities will surprise you and the skills you take away from this workshop will be useful in many different blade or tool forging applications.

    In this workshop we will discuss safety issues that must be taken into consideration with any steel that is old or used as well as heat treatment of steels that are not known to us. We will then demonstrate safe preparation of our steel prior to forging. This will be followed by a hot forging demonstration on bringing an old tool to life to become a working tool.

    This workshop will be taught with an emphasis on blades but we also encourage participants to explore other types of tooling and can guide those that wish to make tools. This class is best for beginner to seasoned smiths that want to try to expand their materials knowledge, heat treatment, and creativity.

    Participants are encouraged to bring in tools and found materials if they wish, however they are not required as we will also provide plenty for students to pick and choose from.

    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!
  • July 21, 2024

    Paring Knife

    $210.00
    Click here to see all Knife workshop dates and times Date: July 21, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class Suggested Skill Level: Beginner and up

    Join us to create a paring knife to use in the kitchen or take on your next picnic.   This is a high carbon steel knife made from 80CRV2 steel.

    We start by creating the handle section that you can size to fit your hand perfectly. Then the blade is forged and heat-treated. Lastly, we will grind it to the level of sharpness you desire.

    The handle will be cord wrapped for both comfort and durability. We will discuss other handle options you can try on your own.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we will show you examples so you can do this on your own.

    You will leave with a complete knife, ready to use.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need. However, if you happen to have the following, please bring them so that you have the opportunity to use your own!

    Coarse files (i.e. 12 inch Heavy Duty Set from Harbor Freight)

    Tongs for ¼” x ¾” stock

    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!
  • June 15, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: June 15, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.
  • 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.
  • July 28, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 28, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.
  • July 27, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 27, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.
  • July 21, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: July 21, 2024 Time: 5 PM - 9 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: None; this is an introductory workshop Our newest Discovery workshop is perfect for beginners and more experienced students alike. The project is simple, but leaves so much space for improvisation and creativity. If you want to see what you can really do, this is the workshop for you! Using 1/4” mild steel bar, our instructor will demonstrate tapering the stock to create a tool that balances neatly in your hand while in use. They’ll show you several different design options, from various twists to different punches you can use for texture as well as different types of finials.  Then you’ll move on to the little chopstick rests.  Here, you can really let your imagination lead the way!  From traditionally simple and elegant shapes to wild and wacky and everything in between, you’ll be free to create your own custom set, or maybe more if you’re swift. These also make great hair sticks, perfect for your own use, or if there is a certain long-haired person in your life you wish to impress.
  • July 14, 2024

    Discovery BBQ Tool

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is the first workshop to take. Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 2 PM  - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Are you a grill master? Do your weekends revolve around the smoking of various proteins? Do you live and breathe charcoal and fire? Then there’s one thing your rig needs: your very own, hand-made BBQ tool, forged in fire five times hotter than any grill. This workshop is perfect for beginners. Because you’re working with longer steel, you can mostly use your hands instead of tongs, which means you can focus on learning the basics of hammering and temperature control without having to also focus on manipulating the tongs. For more experienced blacksmiths, there’s lots of opportunity to experiment with different techniques. And best of all, you’ll go home with your very own, one-of-a-kind BBQ tool! Sound complicated? We promise it’s not. We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • July 20, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.
  • July 14, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 1 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.
  • July 13, 2024

    Discovery Letter Opener

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory workshop Suggested skill level: Beginner and up Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge 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.

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