• 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!
  • November 23, 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: November 23, 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.
  • November 17, 2024

    Fish Bottle Opener

    $175.00
    Prerequisite: any Discovery class. Date: November 17, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Amanda Kazarian This class is a great follow-up to a Discovery class.  Here,  you’ll use some basic forging techniques to sculpt something both creative and useful.  Using bar stock, a rounding hammer and the horn of the anvil, you’ll shape the graceful curves that make this tool a pleasure to hold.  With some of our hand forged custom punches, you’ll give your creature of the deep character and features to make it unique. Skills used in this project include: Tapering Forging on the horn of the anvil to create curves and chamfers, making it ergonomic Hot punching with several different punches Forming the opener end around a mandrel This is a good class for beginners and makes a great present! 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!
  • November 16, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $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: November 16, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle 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 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it.
  • November 10, 2024

    Discovery Bottle Opener

    $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: November 10, 2024 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Be the envy of all at your next social gathering, while you crack open everyone’s beverages with your new handy-dandy bottle opener, made by your own two hands! The Bottle 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 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. Don’t worry if that sounds intimidating, we promise that anyone can do it.
  • November 09, 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: November 9, 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.
  • November 03, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: November 3, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 6 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.
  • November 03, 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: November 3, 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.
  • October 27, 2024

    Skull Necklace

    $175.00
    Date: October 27, 2024 Time: 2 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge Prerequisite: Discovery class or Letter Opener class Halloween is here and Dia De Los Muertos is nipping at its heels. Best be properly attired! On this day, Adam's Forge instructor Gary Standke will take you down a dark and winding path into the heart of the forge where you will make iron skulls and create a necklace, amulet, talisman or just plain scary thingy.  We will go over tooling required, shaping the iron, using custom made punches and fullers for the facial features, options for giving it the look you want and finishing techniques.  Finally you'll create the string and hardware for the necklace. You'll practice the technical skills of tapering, hot cutting, slitting, punching, grinding and necklace fabrication.  At the same time, you'll also be sculpting hot metal and assessing your progress as you work. This class runs from 2:00 PM to 8:00PM with a break for lunch.
  • October 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: October 27, 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.
  • October 26, 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. October 26, 2024 Time: 4 PM -  8 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.
  • October 20, 2024

    Discovery Chopsticks

    $175.00
    Click here to see all Discovery workshop dates & times Date: October 20, 2024 Time: 4 PM - 8 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.

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