- Date: June 16, 23 and 30, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three separate Thursday evening classes. Session 1: 6-16-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 6-23-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 6-30-22 from 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll build on the skills you developed in previous blade classes and learn to forge and finish a full tang utility knife. Starting with 1084 tool steel, on day 1, we’ll cover blade design, forging techniques, heat treatment and grinding. Our emphasis will be on precise forging with close attention to temperatures, thus ensuring the integrity of the steel and minimizing the amount of grinding needed. After forging, we’ll rough-grind the blades and anneal them overnight. On day 2, we’ll drill the tangs, cut and rough out the hardwood scales for the handles, cut the pins that will secure the handles to the tang and do the finish blade grinding before putting them back in the oven for the hardening and tempering cycle. On day 3, we’ll focus on shaping the scales and the final fit-up with glue and pins. We’ll finish the day with sanding and a discussion of sealing options. Successful students can expect to complete one 3 to 4 inch knife. Prerequisites: The Letter Opener Discovery and the Blacksmith’s Knife or equivalent. Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program. Fee: $425
- Date: June 8, 15 and 22, 2022 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three consecutive Wednesday evening classes. Session 1: 6-8-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 2: 6-15-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm Session 3: 6-22-22 from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Students must attend all sessions. In this class, you’ll make a set of essential tools of the blacksmith’s trade. More importantly, with the skills you acquire, you’ll be able to make all kinds of custom tools: punches and chisels for eyes, ears, fins, scales and more. You’ll make a center punch, scribe, round punch, hot-cut chisel and a very handy set of dividers that can be used with one hand. You’ll learn how to forge, and heat treat tool steel, how to maintain and dress your tools as well as some of the finer points of tool design. For those interested in obtaining CBA (California Blacksmith Association) level I certification, successful completion of this class will satisfy 5 of the requirements needed. To quote one of our instructors: ‘Blacksmithing is a superpower. I get to make tools that other people have to buy.’ Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener Discovery Class.
- Dates: June 18, 2022 and June 26, 2022 Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisites: All students must have taken Discovery with us before signing up for this class. We'll be moving some serious metal, so be ready!
Here’s a chance to try your hand at some fundamental metallurgy. With help from our skilled instructors, you’ll make your own pattern welded, laminated steel billet. We’ll learn team striking with sledgehammers, so if you want to bring a friend and make some billets together, all the better. Both strength and stamina will be required. You’ll learn about the properties of different metals and how they relate to each other. We’ll cover some of the fundamentals of design options in packing your canister, as well as an introduction to some of the theories behind pattern development.
If you’ve been wanting to make some Damascus steel, this is a great place to start. Each student will make one Damascus billet. Photos of knives in relation to this class are for illustrating the possibilities of what can be made with the billets. We're not making knives in this class. This class takes place over two days and students must attend both sessions. There will be a one hour meal break in each session.
Session I: Saturday June 18th from 9am – 5pm
Session II: Sunday June 26th from 9am – 3pm
- Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date:April 12, 2022 Time: 1 PM - 5 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. Note: This class is a prerequisite to all blade classes.