Blacksmithing



Hinges and Latches

Bob Valentine

In this course students will be introduced to the process of making various shapes and designs of Suffolk style latches as well as hinges from H & HL, butterfly, cross garnet and strap hinges. Many are from the designs of New England from the 17th & 18 century.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $520 (members)         $570 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1743-0813    This session has been cancelled

      Thu August 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 15, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Open Forge Night

Steve Gurzler

Interested in blacksmithing but unsure how to start? Open Forge Night is the place for you! Every third Wednesday of the month during our blacksmithing season, come see demonstrations by expert blacksmith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. If you want to try your hand at blacksmithing there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials. Safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied).

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $1
         Non-members: $1
  • Materials: $20
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $21 (members)         $21 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1.5 hours

Pre-registration for Open Forge Night is not required. Participants who wish to try their hand in the forge will be asked to provide a $20 materials fee.

Sessions:

1695-0520 This offering has already met      Wed May 20, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0617 This offering has already met      Wed June 17, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0715 This offering has already met      Wed July 15, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0819    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed August 19, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0916    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed September 16, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-1021    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed October 21, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm




Introduction to Bladesmithing

Matthew Parkinson

This class is taught by renowned instructor and the very first winner of History Channel's Forged in Fire, Matthew Parkinson. Students can expect to forge and finish one 4-6" blade antler handled hunting knife, using a gas forge. Topics covered will be working with high carbon steels, knife design, forging a blade to shape, grinding, finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard and attaching a handle. This class is intended as an introductory bladesmithing class, but some forging experience is helpful. Also covered will be the design, construction and finishing of a leather belt sheath. Students will learn how to make a pattern for the individual knife. Then they will cut out, mold, stitch, dye and finish a leather sheath. Special attention will be given to the design of the sheath for good retention of the knife as well as holding up over time.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $390 (members)         $440 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1558-0822    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat August 22, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forging a Marshmallow Roaster

Elijah Hammond-Wood

Great for roasting marshmallows or even flipping your steak on the grill, the process of making these roasters is also a great way to learn the basics of blacksmithing. In this class you will learn how to build a fire in the forge, heat metal, twist, cut and bend while using the tools of the blacksmith. This class is open to all wanting to try their hands at blacksmithing and have some fun! Parents must accompany their children.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $130 (members)         $150 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Day

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1665-0807    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat August 29, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




A Taste of the Forge

Steve Gurzler

Join blacksmith Steve Gurzler at the smithy for three weekday evenings. Class size will be limited to four students so instruction can be tailored to match the students' blacksmithing skills. This class is designed to provide a basic overview of the skills and processes of the blacksmith, and will include building and maintaining a fire, heating metal to the proper temperature, basic hammer techniques, drawing, twisting, bending and cutting. More advanced skills will be taught, depending on student progress. Students can expect to complete two or more simple projects.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $180 (members)         $200 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Half Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety. Students should be high school age or older. Parents must accompany children who are under 18 years of age.

Sessions:

1569-0910    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Thu September 10, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 17, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 24, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Puukko Knife

Jordan LaMothe

From whittling and carving wood to skinning game, the Scandinavian puukko excels as an all-purpose belt knife. The design, which is closely tied to Nordic culture, is compact and sturdy enough to be carried in the most rugged environments. During the first two days of the workshop, students will learn basic forging, heat treating and grinding technique as they craft their very own puukkos from raw steel and wood. The third day will be spent making leather sheaths. Each student will leave with a knife that is ready for the next outdoor adventure.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $95
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $410 (members)         $460 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Students are required to wear non-synthetic clothing, long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Sessions:

1666-0911    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forged Fireplace Tools

Dick Sargent

Take your blacksmithing skills to the next level. Learn to forge a set of fireplace tools. Make a poker, shovel, spring tongs and a simple wall rack for hanging. Experience level of intermediate smithing required.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $520 (members)         $570 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Hard shoes, non-synthetic clothing and long pants are required for student's safety. Note: This is an intermediate level class. Students must have smithing experience.

Sessions:

1698-0918    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon September 21, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Hand Forged Japanese Dagger

Russ Jennings

The goal of this class is to produce a blade ready for quenching without using a grinder. The focus will be on the tanto, the dagger carried by samurai. We will start with a piece of high carbon stock. This class will follow historic processes as closely as possible. Students will forge their bar into a blank of precise dimensions, before hand forging bevels and relevant blade geometry. Then, hand files will be used to finish the blade. Blades that are ready will be quenched at the end of class. By following a specific and repeatable process, we can take some of the mystery out of the creation of these classic weapons. Fittings will be discussed, but this class is focused on the creation of the blade itself. This class is recommended for intermediate smiths.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $210
         Non-members: $250
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $310 (members)         $350 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1690-0516 This offering has already met
      Sat May 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1690-0926    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Colonial Kitchen Tools

Derek Heidemann

Iron kitchen tools from the colonial era have long been an inspiration for smithing projects. In this class, students will learn to make a simple toaster, a trivet and a set of skewers with their own holder. These projects involve chiseling, pummeling, forge welding and more, so this class offers the chance to practice essential forging skills while making some useful tools.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $210
         Non-members: $250
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $260 (members)         $300 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1637-1003    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 3, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Making Kitchen Utensils

Dick Sargent

Learn to make a ladle with brass bowl and beautifully forged and filed handle, or perhaps a spatula or cooking fork. In this class you'll learn how to make classical 18th century cooking utensils that will beautify your kitchen or make barbecuing more enjoyable.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $520 (members)         $570 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety. Owing to the physical demands and to safety issues, this class is suggested for students 18 years of age and older.

Sessions:

1710-1016    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forging Damascus

Matthew Parkinson

This class will cover the basic process of forging pattern welded Damascus steel. Students will weld up several small billets and explore the basics of pattern development. Students will also explore several common methods of forge welding as well as covering the science of forge welding. Students can expect to learn the process of choosing steels that will give good pattern and function well together in the final billet. The class will cover how to lay out and prepare the steel for forge welding both in the starting stack and in subsequent re-stacks. Special attention will be given to hand work and the making of patterns well suited to limited machinery. The main areas of pattern development will be explored as well as touching on some more advanced patterning techniques. Once the billets are forged and patterned, the class will grind and polish a window or sample tile to etch and reveal the pattern. The class will cover several techniques to etch the sample for higher contrast. The techniques taught in this class should offer students the building blocks to begin an exploration of Damascus patterns on their own. The photographs shown are examples of Damascus patterns.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $210
         Non-members: $250
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $310 (members)         $350 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Experience of basic blacksmithing techniques suggested. Hard shoes and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1559-1024    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm