• Date: June 15, 2024 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge

    Instructor: Gary Standke

    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class plus a Power Hammer Safety workshop & 2 or 3 project workshops

    Suggested skill level: Intermediate and up.  Participants should have solid blacksmithing skills and be confident using hand tools before moving to the power hammer.

    Join us to create some amazing BBQ tongs to impress your friends at your next cookout.This is a great project to build your power hammer skills. We’ll use it to create the taper in the handles and to flatten the spring.

    At the start of the class, we’ll review power hammer safety protocols and then move on to the practical project of making your tongs.

    We start by defining the junction between the jaws and the handle. Using the power hammer, we can rapidly taper the handle down for a comfortable grip. Then the power hammer will make flattening the spring section a breeze.

    We’ll explore the different texturing options for the handles and the tooling required to create them. Once you have decorated the handles as desired, we will work on the tong jaws to modify them to work well for grabbing everything from an ear of corn to a tomato to a steak.

    Bending the spring around to align the handles to fit your hand will allow you to get these tongs to fit you perfectly.

    Lastly, we will go over the different finishing options to keep it looking great and food-safe though all the masterful cooking you are planning.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need.

    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!
  • June 22, 2024 - June 23, 2024

    Take It Up a Notch: Keum Boo on Forged Steel

    $565.00
    Date: June 22 & 23, 2024 Time: 10 AM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: None this is an introductory workshop. Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced. Anyone with metal working skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming/forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential. The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing. Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 6:00pm Instructor: Bette Barnett Looking for a way to differentiate your work? Want to take it up a notch to distinguish your creations from all the others? This two-day class is designed for metalsmiths of all types who want to stretch beyond their current comfort zones by adding dimension and drama to their work through texturing and Keum Boo. Whether you are a blacksmith, bladesmith or jeweler, you will learn how to add interest and eye-appeal to your work through:
    • Stamping, hammering and rolling: creating raised relief patterns that add visual and tactile interest to the surface of your work.
    • Keum Boo on steel. Bonding fine gold and silver foil to the textured surface emphasizing the play of light and adding a touch of bling.
    With these techniques, you'll be able to heighten the impact and appeal of your creations, whether adornment, decoration or functional.

    Topics Covered

    • Basics of working with steel sheet—sourcing, cutting, sawing, forming and soldering.
    • Texturing steel—using stamps, punches and the rolling mill.
    • Keum Boo—adding a flash of gold or silver by bonding precious metal foil to steel using this ancient Korean technique.
    • Patinas and sealers—finishing your work by adding a patina and sealing it for protection against rust and corrosion.

    Curriculum

    Each day will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with one hour break for lunch.

    Day 1—Basics and Texturing

    • Metals—working with mild steel sheet. Cutting, sawing, forming, piercing
    • Texturing - using hand forging with various tools to create surface texture
    Day 2—Keum Boo and Finishing
    • Keum Boo on steel—handling and cutting precious metals foils, using heat and burnishing to bond the foil to steel. Note: Silver foil will be included in the class supplies. Gold foil will be available for purchase in various quantities.
    • Patinas and sealers—using different chemical patinas and and applying sealers (oil, wax and lacquer) to protect your work.

    Skill Level

    Anyone with metalworking skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming /forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential. The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing.

    Materials and Supplies

    The following supplies are included in the fee for the workshop:
    • 20 gauge mild steel sheet (12" x 6")
    • 3/8" mild steel rod (8")
    • Silver foil (4" x 4" sheet)
    • Optional: Highest quality gold foil will be available for purchase at a cost of $25 per square inch. Only available in 1 increments of 1 square inch.

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