• 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 9, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 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.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: February 11, 2022 Time: 5 PM - 9:30 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. This class will run from 5:00pm - 9:30 pm with a half-hour meal break.  
  • December 28, 2022

    Private Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $1,500.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 28, 2022 Time: 3 PM - 7 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. 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 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!

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