• February 18, 2023

    Iron Age Cutlery

    $190.00
    Date: February 18, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett Students should have the experience or motivation to deal with the challenge of moving metal to very specific dimension, as well at the challenge of holding difficult shapes while striking them.  Today we will make a small (about 4 inches total length) knife and "fork" no person in the Iron Age would want to be without. This is this perfect first knife for those with little blacksmithing experience and also a great project for those with more experience.  We will be making the knife of mild steel yet hardening it in a secret Viking way which will allow for a razor edge. Once the knife is done we move on to that essential eating tool – the one pronged Spisepind. Together, you will have a cutlery set the envy of all your fellow Norsemen and Norsewomen! Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener class This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a break for lunch. 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!
  • February 25, 2023

    Paring Knife

    $190.00
    Date: February 25, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    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 O1 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!
  • February 12, 2023

    Blacksmith Knife

    $190.00
    Date: February 12, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke
    In this class students will make the classic “Blacksmith’s Knife” using traditional blacksmithing techniques. We will be using high carbon tool steel, the classic material for knives, and transforming it into a versatile knife with an integral handle. This knife can be used for everything from slicing cheese and fruit, to opening a package, to making life easier on your next camping trip. Material selection, design, layout, forging & grinding techniques and heat treating will be covered.
    Successful completion of this class is needed 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.
    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!
  • March 11, 2023

    Cheese Slicer

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class Date: March 11, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Gary Standke In this class we'll make tools for the kitchen or any party. These wired cheese slicers come in both a "Handled" and “C” form. We'll forge them from mild steel and apply a wax finish. Then we will string it with a fine stainless-steel wire so you can slice through any cheese you can find. We start by drawing out the steel as you did in the Discovery Day Class. Then we'll bend and twist the handle, followed by forming it into a comfortable shape. Finally, we will review the different styles of the arms and you will choose the depth and width which best fits the blocks of cheese you plan to slice. Once the shaping of the slicer is completed, a wax finish is applied to protect the steel from kitchen abuse. Finally, a stainless-steel wire will be attached and tensioned appropriately to slice your cheese. After you finish the handled Cheese Slicer, we'll demonstrate how to make a "C" form slicer. You'll then be able to make that version using what you've learned in the class. Much fun to be had by all and you will have some unique tools you will definitely want to make again and again as gifts for all your friends. Skills learned: Tapers, twisting, bending over the horn, and finishing. Student fee of $190 includes the material for both cheese slicers. This class runs from 9 AM-3 PM, with a one-hour break for lunch. 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!
  • March 12, 2023

    Celtic Trivet

    $190.00
    Date: March 12, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Leif Bennett This beautiful piece will literally elevate your dining experience!  A classic tripod design makes this trivet both stable and strong.  In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate the use of various specialized blacksmithing tools with which you’ll create traditional mortise and tenon joints.  With either a guillotine tool or a square-edged spring fuller, you’ll create tenons on each of the three pieces.  You’ll also be using a round punch to hot punch the mortise holes, and finally the monkey tool brings it all together. This trivet can be made with feet to sit on a table, or with pointed ends to sit in an open fire. This project is one of our Tools and Techniques series and successful students will meet the mortise and tenon requirement for CBA Level I certification.  If you've already made a Monkey Tool and/or a round punch, feel free to bring them along and put them to use! Prerequisite: Discovery Class or the Letter Opener Class.  This class is most suitable for the advancing student 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.

    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!

  • March 25, 2023

    Iron Age Knife

    $190.00
    Prerequisite: Any Discovery Class or Letter Opener class Date: March 25, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge In this class, Adam’s Forge instructor Kent Lulewich 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! 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!
  • March 05, 2023

    Kiridashi

    $200.00
    Date: March 5, 2023 Time: 2 PM - 9 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    The Kiridashi is the original Japanese utility knife that has historically been used by Samurai and peasants alike.  It’s both light and strong, suitable for a variety of uses.  If you’ve taken the Letter Opener Discovery class, this is a perfect follow up project to build your bladesmithing skills.

    Here, you’ll practice precision forging, learn some of the important considerations in blade design and have a chance to try different texturing methods.  This blade is made from tool steel, so you’ll be heat treating, grinding, polishing and hand sharpening as well.

    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    This class runs from 2:00pm – 9:00pm with an 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!

  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 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.  
  • March 16, 2023 - March 30, 2023

    Railroad Spike Knife

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener Class Date: March 16th and 30th, 2023 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes.  Students must attend both sessions. Come learn how to make a simple knife from a railroad spike! This is a fantastic class for those interested in blade making but not sure where to start.  For this class each student will be forging a completed blade from a railroad spike, heat treating it, sharpening it, and finishing it from beginning to end. Come join us! All students must have taken Discovery Letter Opener with us before signing up for this class. We'll be moving some serious metal, so be ready! This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am. Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 4 hours. 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!
  • March 19, 2023 - March 26, 2023

    Socket Knife

    $420.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener Class Date: March 19th and 26th, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two consecutive Sunday classes.  Students must attend both sessions.

    Sunday March 19, 2023, 9am – 5pm

    Sunday March 26, 2023, 9am – 3pm

    Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    This socket knife was inspired by tribal knives around the world that use the socket construction in utilitarian blades. From billhooks to machetes and spears, this style of joining the metal working end to the wood shaft or handle makes for a very strong and secure fit.

    Students can expect to finish one knife and will be introduced to different variations on the additions to the socket i.e.: wood shafts, cord or rattan wrapping.  We’ll be teaching these variations in future blade clinics.

    This class is suitable for the student who has bladesmithing experience and would like to strengthen their hand-forging skill set. In this class, we’ll cover blade design with an emphasis on forging to dimension along with grinding and sharpening.  We’ll also teach the basics of heat treatment at the forge and how to achieve a rudimentary annealing, normalization, quench, and temper to produce a usable working blade.

    With these skills, you’ll be able to heat treat your blades and tools in your home forge, if you’re lucky enough to have one!  And once you’ve mastered the socket handle, you’ll be able to use it in countless other applications from garden tools to sculpture or furniture.

    Prerequisites: Discovery Letter Opener plus at least one additional blade class.  Stamina and moderate strength will be required.

    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!
  • February 19, 2023 - February 26, 2023

    Blacksmithing Fundamentals: Tooling I

    $450.00
    Date: February 19, 20 & 26 Time: 2 PM - 6 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over three sessions, beginning on President's Day weekend. Session 1: 2-19-23 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm Session 2: 2-20-23 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm Session 3: 2-26-23 from 9:00am - 3:00pm 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. 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!  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 8, 2022 Time: 12 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle 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. This 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 handle, you'll learn about shaping a square rod into an octagon, or if you prefer, a round, tapered bar.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your bottle opener.      

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