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    • January 13, 2018
    • April 28, 2018
    • Oakland, CA

    Wrought Academy Blacksmithing Classes

    January to April 2018

    Build traditional skills while you craft beautiful, high-quaility objects in the smithy of Wrought Academy!  Our courses for the Spring of 2018 take on a range of subjects from beginning blacksmithing to Viking age axes and silver arm rings.

    Private Instruction is now offered at Wrought Academy.  In this relatively quiet and highly focused setting the student gets the full attention of the instructor while concentrating on a personal project arranged with James Austin.  If you would like to take advantage of one-on-one tutoring please contact James at hotsteel@sbcglobal.net .  Please see the description HERE.


    Basic Blacksmithing 1 (2 Days)

    DATE: January 13th and 14th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $310

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Beginning, Maximum Class Size - 6 people.

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=fittings-chain-hinges-and-wrought-iron-introduction


    Forge a Viking Style Silver Arm Ring (2 Days)

    DATE: January 20th and 21th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $300

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Beginning, Intermediate

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=viking-style-silver-armband-and-the-tools-to-decorate-it


    Basic Blacksmithing 2 (2 Days)

    DATE: January 27th and 28th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $325

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Beginning + Intermediate, Maximum Class Size - 6 people.

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

      

    Forging Norwegian Style Laminated Knife Blades (3 Days)

    DATE: February 23rd and 25th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $425

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=forging-norwegian-style-laminated-knife-blades


    Making Viking Tool Steel/Forging a Fire Steel (2 Days)

    DATE: March 3rd and 4th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $325

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Beginning/Intermediate

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=making-traditional-shear-steel-forging-and-using-a-fire-steel


    Forging a Viking-Age Axe (3 Days)

    DATE: March 9rd, 10th and 11th, 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $445

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=class-forging-a-viking-age-axe-3-days


    Basic Forge Welding (2 Days)

    DATE: March 31st and April 1st, 2018, from 10am to 5pm.

    PRICE: $350

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Intermediate, Maximum Class Size - 6 People.

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


    Forge-Welded Hammers of the Viking Age (3 Days)

    DATE: April 6th, 7th and 8th 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $425

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Intermediate, Maximum Class Size - 6 People.

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=forge-welded-hammers-of-the-viking-age-3-days


    Forge Your Own Flat-Bit Tongs (2 Days)

    DATE: April 21st and 22nd 2018, from 10am to 6pm.

    PRICE: $320

    LOCATION: Wrought Academy, 2440 Adeline St, Oakland CA, 94607

    LEVEL: Intermediate, Maximum Class Size - 6 People.

    MORE INFO : http://forgedaxes.com/?wpsc-product=forging-your-own-tongs-2-days




    • 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  




     

    • 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.






     

    • April 07, 2018
    • May 12, 2018
    • Costa Mesa, California
    Blacksmithing - Beginning to Advanced

    DATE: April 7 - May 12

    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.



     

    • 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

February 18, 2018 1st Annual Adam's Forge Festival
February 02, 2018 WINTERFEST 2018
January 20, 2018 HORSEHEAD DEMO & TOOLING WORKSHOP
November 04, 2017 Blacksmithing-Beginning to Advanced
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
September 07, 2017 WROUGHT ACADEMY BLACKSMITHING CLASSES - September to December 2017
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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