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    • June 04, 2017
    • August 31, 2017
    • Oakland, CA

    Wrought Academy Blacksmithing Classes

    June to August 2017

    An Open House and Mead Tasting

    DATE: June 17, 2017, 12am to 4pm

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=open-shop-and-mead-tasting&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    Come and see a superbly equipped smithy - as well as the Wrought Academy school - at James Austin's shop in Oakland's warehouse district.  Throughout the day James will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing techniques from Wrought Academy classes as well as answer any questions you might have about the history, tools and learning opportunities at his smithy.  From 2pm to 4pm adult guests will be able to sample the Spring batch of mead that James and Sal brewed.


    Introduction to Blacksmithing

    DATE: June 24 and 25, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=fittings-chain-hinges-and-wrought-iron-introduction&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    For people who would like to delve into early blacksmithing as they reproduce iron articles from the Viking and Middle Ages. 

    Forge Welded Bladesmithing Hammers (New Class)

    DATE: July 7, 8 and 9, 2017

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=forge-welded-blade-smiths-hammer&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class students will forge blade-smithing and blacksmithing hammers from the Viking Age based on archeological finds.  


    Forging Traditional Norwegian Knife Blades

    DATE: July 21, 22 and 23 , 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=forging-norwegian-style-laminated-knife-blades&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class students will laminate iron and steel together by forge welding to form blades in the Norwegian tradition which James learned in Norway in May of 2016.

    Fine Silver Overlay for Blacksmiths

    DATE: July 29 and 30, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=fine-silver-designs-on-steel-aka-koftgari&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class students will learn the fine art of preparing soft steel surfaces for the overlay of fine silver wire to create intricate designs. They will be able to forge their own steel articles, such as jewelry, to decorate with this ancient technique.

    Forging a Viking-Age Anvil

    DATE: August 19, 2017

    MORE INFO :  http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=viking-style-stake-anvil&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    Only 2 students will be able to enroll into this 1-day class. Striking hammers and sparks will fly as we forge weld high carbon steel faces onto soft iron bodies to create Viking style anvils using historical techniques.


    Forging a Viking-Age Axe

    DATE: August 25, 26 and 27, 2017

    MORE INFO :   http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=class-forging-a-viking-age-axe-3-days&ct=t(New_Classes_August_20168_7_2016)&mc_cid=fabd07887e&mc_eid=608fac13f2

    DESCRIPTION

    In this class students will forge historically based Viking-style axes using the authentic Asymmetric Wrap technique found in most Viking age axes.








    • August 04, 2017
    • August 06, 2017
    • Los Angeles, CA
    Group Sculpture with Fred Crist

    DATE: Friday August 4th through Sunday August 6th

    REGISTRATION FEE: $TBA

    LOCATION: Los Angeles

    DESCRIPTION:

    The amazing Fred Crist is coming from North Carolina to lead us in making a hot forged sculpture. One of the most skilled and creative blacksmiths around, Fred has worked both in the traditional style of the greats, especially Samuel Yellin, and in abstract modern pure sculpture entirely his own. Participants will be working together to hand forge such a piece under Fred's guidance. This is a great opportunity you don’t want to miss. Save the dates now.

    INFO & TO REGISTER: https://www.verlocal.com/pages/payment_page?listing_id=15550

    http://www.adamsforge.org/classes.html


     

    • September 14, 2017
    • September 16, 2017
    • West of Redding, CA

    18TH Annual Willow Creek-China Flat Hammer-In

    Come share your projects and talents in the true spirit of the craft!

    DATE: Sept 14-16, 2017

    DEMONSTRATORS: Danny Ide & Bob Fulton

    COST: $50.00 per person. Light meals provided from Thursday nigh through Sunday morning, with smoked ribs for dinner Saturday evening.

    GEAR: Bring safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, coveralls, hand tools and a forging station if you have one.

    DIRECTIONS: West of Redding and east of Eureka at 38949 Highway 299.  The Museum is located on the west side of town across from the Renner card lock fuel station.  Limited tent camping is available at the museum site.

    INFO & RSVP: Judy Kersh (707) 498-4541. Space is a bit limited, so call ahead.





    • September 16, 2017
    • October 28, 2017
    • Costa Mesa, California
    Blacksmithing - Beginning to Advanced

    DATE: Saturday, September 16 - October 28, Skip date October 21.  9 A.M. - 1 P.M.

    LOCATION: Skill Center 105 at Orange Cost College

    INSTRUCTOR:
    Joy Fire

    FEE:  $325, includes $25 material fee

    REGISTRATION: will be open August 15th 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.



     

    • 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  




     

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

    DATE: June 27 - 30, 2018


    LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia


    MORE INFO:  Coming soon






     

Past events

July 04, 2017 CANIRON XI
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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