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    • September 07, 2017
    • December 12, 2017
    • Oakland, CA

    Wrought Academy Blacksmithing Classes

    September to December 2017

    Wrought Academy is marking the Fall of 2017 by introducing several new classes, including a second beginning-level class (Basic Blacksmithing 2), as well as more basic 2-day classes in blade smithing and axe forging that are geared toward students who would like to gain skills in these topics before moving on to the more advanced, 3-day versions of the classes.  We will also now offer a weekend class in forge welding and another in silver wire inlay into steel (as distinct from the silver overlay / koftgari class).  In early December we will offer a gift-making workshop which will allow participants to work for one or two days on making bottle openers (this year's theme) as holiday gifts.  To top it all off we will have a shop party on Saturday, December 9th to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 teaching year at Wrought Academy over food and glasses of our house mead.


    Basic Blacksmithing 2

    DATE: Septermber 9 and 10, 2017, from 10am to 6pm.

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=basic-blacksmithing-2-2-days

    DESCRIPTION

    This class will build on the skills taught in the Basic Blacksmithing 1 class and include new techniques such as hot chiseling, punching and heat treating steel.

    Basic Forge Welding

    DATE: September 16 and 17, 2017

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=basic-blacksmithing-2-2-days-duplicate

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class we will focus on forge welded joinery which was essential to building much of the beautiful ironwork and tools which were common in our pre-industrialized past.

      

    Basic Bladesmithing

    DATE: October 7 and 8 , 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=basic-bladesmithing-2-days

    DESCRIPTION

    Students will be taught foundational bladesmithing skills including tang, point and bevel forging in mild steel, them move on to high carbon steel to forge and heat treat their own knives.

    Basic Axe Forging

    DATE: October 14 and 15, 2017

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=basic-axe-forging-2-days

    DESCRIPTION

    This class will teach students the forging and forge welding skills needed to produce an all-welded, utilitarian "belt axe" (a small camping axe).


    Forge a Pattern Welded Knife Blade

    DATE: November 3, 4, and 5, 2017

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=template-class-duplicate

    DESCRIPTION

    This intermediate level three-day class will focus on the forge welding techniques required to produce Sax blades (the Sax is the Viking knife) with a twisted , serpent pattern that is integral to its very steel.

    Silver Inlay in Steel

    DATE: November 18 and 19, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=silver-inlay-in-steel-2-days

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class we will cover basic techniques to make tools and inlay silver wire into soft steel samples to create striking decorations.


    Holiday Gifts: Bottle Openers

    DATE: December 2, 2017

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=holiday-gifts-bottle-openers-saturday

    DATE: December 3, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=holiday-gifts-bottle-openers-saturday-duplicate

    DESCRIPTION

    These are workshops for producing bottle openers as holiday gifts which can each be enrolled in separately (note: participants are of course welcome to enroll in both!)

    Open Shop and Mead Tasting

    DATE: December 9, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=open-shop-and-mead-tasting

    DESCRIPTION

    The event will take place on Saturday to celebrate the conclusion of our 2017 year of teaching at Wrought Academy. Come say hello at the shop and raise a glass of mead with us in the spirit of the approaching holidays.









    • November 04, 2017
    • December 16, 2017
    • Costa Mesa, California
    Blacksmithing - Beginning to Advanced

    DATE: November 4 - December 16, No Class November 25.  9 A.M. - 1 P.M.

    LOCATION: Skill Center 101 at Orange Cost College

    INSTRUCTOR:
    Joy Fire

    FEE:  $325, includes $25 material fee

    REGISTRATION: open now at orangecoastcollege.augusoft.net (class will be under “Arts and Entertainment” and then “Visual Arts”), or call 714/432-5880, option 1.

    CONTACT: Joy at Joyfireblacksmith@gmail.com with any questions 


    The skill of the blacksmith used to be a necessity for survival. Now however, it can become a necessity of a different kind. In this class students will learn to think with their hands and utilize their brains in a different way than is typical in modern society. This class will show how forging can become a necessity for the mind and body. There are many different ways to work with metal, but blacksmithing is traditionally the one most concerned with solving odd problems, problems of form, function, and fabrication. Students will be given the opportunity to solve these problems though assigned projects, which can be altered to suit individual needs and creative styles. Learn the basics of forging or build on current skills. No previous experience is required, and all tools and materials will be supplied though it is recommended to bring your own as you advance.



     

    • January 20, 2018
    • Vista, CA

    Horsehead Demo & Tooling Workshop

    DATE: January 20, 2018

    COST: $10 for AGSEM members (& suggested donation to the Metal Arts Building $30-$50)
    $20 non-members (& suggested donation to the Metal Arts Building $30 - $50)

    LOCATION: Vista Blacksmith Shop at AGSEM (Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum) Vista, CA

    DEMONSTRATOR: Dave Carroll

    REGISTRATION:

    http://agsem.com/support-metal-arts.php or call museum office 760-941-1791

    *Note: This is a fundraising event with the proceeds going to the Metal Arts Building. The CBA Instructor is donating his time. All additional donations are appreciated.

    DESCRIPTION:

    Horsehead - Dave will demonstrate how to make an ornamental horsehead that can be used to enhance your next project. He will also demo how to make the tooling for this design. 

    *Tools to bring: forging hammer, ball-peen, & tongs. Safety glasses & hearing protection required.


     

    • February 01, 2018
    • March 08, 2018
    • Argentina
    Teach Blacksmithing in Buenos Aires

    DATE: February to March 8, 2018


    COST: We currently have space left for 10 people.  Land cost will be about $900 for 10 days on the ground. Air fares are running from $975 to $1500 round trip.


    CONTACT: Jerry Coe Ph: 510-525-4972, jerryalancoe@gmail.com 


    DESCRIPTION:

    Want your blacksmithing skills to make a difference in the world? Want to help restore and preserve the historic architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Join us in training a skill-hungry and passionate metalworking community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from February to March 8, 2018.

     

    In 1930, the election of a labor government forced Argentina’s foreign investors to leave the country. This ended a 60-year boom in construction that had created a city of architectural beauty equal to Paris. What happened next was the slow disappearance of crafts and trade skills that are common here at home. Since that time, there has been little new construction except for cement tilt-ups. Carpentry is limited to pre-hung doors and windows, and metalwork is limited to welding and simple fabrication. Argentina may have a weak economy but that doesn’t stop the Portenos (as residents of Buenos Aires are known) from wanting to preserve their beautiful architectural heritage. 

    Last year, 36 of us went to Buenos Aires and took a chance that Argentines would show up and learn some skills from us. We set up to demonstrate our blacksmithing in a public park in Buenos Aires to raise awareness for preservation and show people the potential to learn the needed skills. We undertook to build a couple forged steel sculptures to get more hands involved. There were four forge stations set up where we could teach, using a ton of tools and forge parts so we could begin teaching immediately.  Local people came out of the woodwork to get involved and work with us.

     By the time we left Buenos Aires, these people had begun having workshops and meetings. It was as if we had lit a fuse under them. Their numbers have grown to over 800 people now, some of whom meet regularly to improve their skills and some are getting commissions from the city of Buenos Aires and creating exceptional designs and finished work of the highest standards.

    Of our original 36 people, 24 of us want to return and take the next step. During our next trip, we will organize formal classes in beginning and advanced blacksmithing and tool making, just as we do at our own conferences here in the US. Secondary to our classes, we will produce a couple of park benches, working with the many friends from the community who come to help. 

    While we’re here, we’ll also enjoy a walking tour of Buenos Aires' historic districts to see the artistic ironwork that sets this city apart from all others. We will get around using public transport, as we did last year, to get a feel for the city and help us feel comfortable moving around on our own. We will sample the food, take in the music and culture (you’ll think you’re in Europe!). You can get by without Spanish. I made a film of our experience and put it on youtube: check it out on Youtube at  "Buenos Aires: Craftsmen Share Restoration Skills"    or        

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3vnLhBsGSM&t=11s  




     

    • February 02, 2018
    • February 04, 2018
    • Tucson, Arizona
    Winterfest 2018







     

    • March 16, 2018
    • March 17, 2018
    • Weaverville, CA

    2018 Weaverville Hammer-In

    DATE: March 16-17, 2018

    COST: $60

    LOCATION: Held at the Jake Jackson Museum in Weaverville, California.  Take hwy 299 west from Redding or east from Eureka.  Prepare for wet weather and  snow is possible.

    MEALS: TBD

    WHAT TO BRING: TBD

    DESCRIPTION:

    DEMONSTRATIONS TBD


    ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

    TO REGISTER: TBD


     

    • March 16, 2018
    • March 17, 2018
    • Nebraska City, NE
    2018 Little Giant Rebuilding Class

    DATE: March 16-17, 2018

    LOCATION: Sid Suedmeier’s shop in Nebraska City, NE

    COST: $95, advanced registration required. Class limit - 25 participants.

    MORE INFO & TO REGISTER: 2018 Little Giant Rebuilding Class


    DESCRIPTION:

    First day taught by our good friend Fred Caylor of Zionsville, Indiana, we carry on his tradition of teaching how to make Little Giants run well and hit hard.

    This 2 day class is a hands-on format. You will help transform a 25 LB Little Giant from running but sloppy condition into a well tuned, quiet, hard working machine.  Sid Suedmeier, former owner of Little Giant, will share all his knowledge and experience gained from Fred and 26 years of repairing and rebuilding Little Giants.

    An old style 25 LB Little Giant will be rebuilt during the class, but we will also have a new style on hand to demonstrate proper assembly and adjustment of both styles.

    No experience is required to attend this class.  Our past classes have been attended by folks from every walk of life, from students to retirees ...anyone who wants to learn can benefit from this class. We approach the rebuilding process using tools that can be found in the average home workshop.






     

    • June 27, 2018
    • June 30, 2018
    • Richmond, Virginia
    ABANA Conference 2018

    DATE: June 27 - 30, 2018

    LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia

    WEBSITE: ABANA.org


    MORE INFO:  Registration for the 2018 Conference is now open make your reservations as space is limited Various Accommodations ie hotels and Camping. Check ABANA.org for information.






     

Past events

October 14, 2017 Chasing workshop with Douglas Pryor!
September 16, 2017 Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
September 14, 2017 18TH ANNUAL WILLOW CREEK-CHINA FLAT HAMMER-IN
August 04, 2017 UPCOMING CLASSES AT ADAMS FORGE - Group Sculpture with Fred Crist
July 04, 2017 CANIRON XI
June 04, 2017 WROUGHT ACADEMY BLACKSMITHING CLASSES - June to August 2017
June 02, 2017 UPCOMING CLASSES AT ADAMS FORGE - Patinas and Fold-forming with Pat
April 15, 2017 UPCOMING CLASSES AT ADAMS FORGE - Project with Mark Aspery
March 17, 2017 2017 WEAVERVILLE HAMMER-IN
March 10, 2017 LITTLE GIANT REBUILDING SEMINAR
February 11, 2017 RAISING COPPER HOLLOW-FORMS
January 27, 2017 WROUGHT ACADEMY BLACKSMITHING CLASSES - Spring 2017
January 21, 2017 MAKING DAMASCUS
November 11, 2016 FROM SHEET TO PATINA, A weekend of C&R, Foldforming and Color
September 08, 2016 17TH ANNUAL WILLOW CREEK-CHINA FLAT HAMMER-IN
September 01, 2016 WROUGHT ACADEMY BLACKSMITHING CLASSES - Sept to Dec 2016
August 19, 2016 ADAMS FORGE WORKSHOPS
August 18, 2016 NORTHWEST BLACKSMITHS - BLACKSMITH WEEK EVENT
July 29, 2016 STEEL SCULPTURE
July 09, 2016 VIKING PADLOCK WORKSHOP
May 21, 2016 CHASING AND REPOUSSE IN COPPER
May 21, 2016 NAIL HEADER CLASS AT ADAMS FORGE
April 22, 2016 EXPLORING PLASTICITY IN METALS
April 15, 2016 SCULPTOR JAKE JAMES GUEST TEACHING AT ADAMS FORGE
March 26, 2016 ONE PIECE LILLY AT ADAMS FORGE
March 19, 2016 SPRING SCULPTURE CLASSES
March 18, 2016 2016 WEAVERVILLE HAMMER-IN
March 12, 2016 INTRODUCTORY KNIFE MAKING WORKSHOP
March 11, 2016 23RD ANNUAL LITTLE GIANT REBUILDING WORKSHOP
February 29, 2016 BUENOS AIRES PROJECT
February 13, 2016 COPPER AND FINE (.999) SILVER MOKUMNE-GANE
December 05, 2015 WROUGHT ACADEMY CLASSES
December 03, 2015 FOLD-FORMING FOR SCULPTORS, JEWELERS AND BLACKSMITHS
November 28, 2015 VIKING CUTLERY CLASS
November 14, 2015 REPOUSSE, CHASING & FOLDFORMING WORKSHOP
November 14, 2015 GET HOOKED
October 31, 2015 Skulls
October 25, 2015 TOOL SALE
October 24, 2015 THE STAGHORN HINGE
October 23, 2015 EXPLORATIONS WITH INDUSTRIAL BAMBOO
October 18, 2015 CHAINMAILLE
October 16, 2015 14th EUROPEAN MEETING OF WROUGHT-IRON CRAFT
September 27, 2015 Viking Cutlery Class
September 18, 2015 Exploring Plasticity in Metals, September 18-19
September 11, 2015 16th Willow Creek-China Flat Hammer
September 04, 2015 Hands-on Metal Scraping Class
August 29, 2015 Viking Knife and "Fork" Class
August 29, 2015 Special Blacksmithing Workshop Forge Welding
August 22, 2015 Forged Iron Rose
July 24, 2015 Forging for Woodworkers
July 17, 2015 Metalworking for Woodworkers
July 11, 2015 Blacksmithing classes by Jim Austin
June 27, 2015 Chasing & Repousse Class
June 05, 2015 Metalworking for Woodworkers
June 05, 2015 Iron and Steel Preservation
May 30, 2015 Viking Fire Steel and Belt Buckle - Class at Adam's Forge
May 17, 2015 Truckee Maker Show
March 19, 2015 WEAVERVILLE HAMMER-IN
February 14, 2015 MOKUME-GANE WORKSHOP - Fence World, Sacramento

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