Blacksmithing



Create Your Own Roasting Fork

Steve Gurzler

Always a popular class, Create Your Own Roasting Fork is geared towards the novice blacksmith. Blacksmith Steve Gurzler will teach basic blacksmithing skills while the students work to create a roasting fork for marshmallows or maybe even bratwurst. Bring something to roast at the end of the day with your finished product!

  • 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:

1857-0626    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sat June 26, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Blacksmithing Beginnings

Dick Sargent

In this basic blacksmithing class students will start by learning fire management and fuels. The class will then move on to drawing out tapers, splitting, twisting, upsetting and all the other necessary steps required to have a good foundation for becoming a blacksmith. Hardening, tempering and forge welding will also be discussed and demonstrated. This will be a great class for anyone with an interest in blacksmithing, from the simply curious to the aspiring professional!

  • 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 safety. Owing to the physical demands and to safety issues, this class is suggested for students 18 years of age and older.

Sessions:

1860-0521 This offering has already met
      Fri May 21, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat May 22, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 23, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon May 24, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1860-0709    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 9, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 10, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 11, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 12, 2021 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:

1858-0519 This offering has already met      Wed May 19, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1858-0616 This offering has already met      Wed June 16, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1858-0721    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed July 21, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1858-0818    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed August 18, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1858-0915    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed September 15, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1858-1020    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed October 20, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm




Pocket Bowie Knife

Matthew Parkinson

The vest pocket Bowie knife, sometimes referred to as the gambler's Bowie, was a common item of the old west. These small easy to carry and conceal knives are perfect for everyday tasks, opening boxes, cutting strings or threatening the varmint that palmed that Ace! Students will begin by forging the blades to shape from high carbon steel bar stock, followed by grinding and heat treating the blade. Once the blades are finished the class will turn to the handles fabricating a guard, bolster and wood handle for their knives. This class will focus on several key techniques in knifemaking; fitting a guard, using alignment pins as well as shaping and designing hidden tang wooden handles.

  • 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:

1831-0723    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 23, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 24, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 25, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 26, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Intermediate Blacksmithing - Forging Transitions and "Set-Ups" for Various Shapes

Bob Valentine

To master traditional forging techniques, it’s helpful to understand how to set-up material before it is forged out (the mass necessary to form a shape) and the transitions that are necessary (cross sections to cross section), in order to maintain the structural integrity and gracefulness of a piece. This class will explore traditional 18th century forging with an emphasis on transitions necessary in order to have structurally sound work. In addition, we will explore the various ways a shape can be forged out and the “set-up” necessary to forge those shapes. Students can choose from a variety of items to make, challenging both intermediate and advanced smiths. Examples of multiple items, from hardware to hearth equipment, will be available for students to examine and handle.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $525
         Non-members: $575
  • Materials: $125
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $650 (members)         $700 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 5 Days

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

Sessions:

1870-0809    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon August 9, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 10, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed August 11, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 12, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 13, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forging a Chef's Knife

Matthew Parkinson

This class is taught by renowned instructor and the very first winner of History Channel's Forged in Fire, Matthew Parkinson. The chef's knife is the most used knife in almost any home. These iconic knives help to create meals for family and loved ones. Well-made kitchen knives can last a lifetime and this class will give you the opportunity to create one of your very own. In this two-day class students will make their own chef's knife from high carbon steel. All aspects of bladesmithing will be covered, from forging the blade to shaping, then heat treating, grinding and polishing, making and fitting a wooden handle and finally, sharpening - with very special attention given to the design and geometry of this kind of knife. This class is intended as an introductory bladesmithing class, but some forging experience is helpful.

  • 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:

1823-0820    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri August 20, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 21, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1823-0822    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sun August 22, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 23, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




A Taste of the Forge II

Steve Gurzler

If you've taken Taste of the Forge or another basic blacksmithing class at AFS, then you're ready for Taste of the Forge II! This class, taught by blacksmith Steve Gurzler, builds on the students' prior experience to bring them to the next level, pursuing more advanced skills. Like in Taste of the Forge, we will follow the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America (ABANA) curriculum in a small class format. Students can expect to create 2 or more useful or decorative objects over the course of 3 weekday evenings.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $50
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $155 (members)         $175 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Half Days

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

Sessions:

1856-0909    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 9, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 16, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 23, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Blacksmithing 101

Russ Jennings

This 4-hour class is ideal for the beginner blacksmith with little to no experience. We will start with the basics, and within the first hour students will be forging their own nails. From there, students will forge hooks with a decorative twist.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $55
         Non-members: $65
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $80 (members)         $90 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1882-0415 This offering has already met      Thu April 15, 2021 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1882-0507AM This offering has already met      Fri May 7, 2021 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

1882-0507 This offering has already met      Fri May 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1882-0910    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri September 10, 2021 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1882-1007    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Thu October 7, 2021 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Autumn Leaves

Russ Jennings

Copper is a very different material from iron and is capable of being finished in beautiful ways. This class will cover the basics of non-ferrous forging, including annealing and work hardening, as well as finishes and patinas. Students will start with a sheet of copper that will be worked hot and cold to form a maple leaf. Then the instructor will share an ancient and closely guarded secret technique, which gives the leaves a red and gold finish.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $55
         Non-members: $65
  • Materials: $40
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $95 (members)         $105 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1888-0911    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sat September 11, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Blacksmithing 102

Russ Jennings

This class follows the lessons learned in Blacksmithing 101. Students will start with bar stock and learn how to fuller, punch and drift. Students will learn how to work in teams and as they make their own bottle opener.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $55
         Non-members: $65
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $80 (members)         $90 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1886-0416 This offering has already met      Fri April 16, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1886-0508 This offering has already met      Sat May 8, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1886-0911    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sat September 11, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1886-1008    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 8, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm




Blacksmithing 103

Russ Jennings

This final intro level class uses all of the forging techniques taught in 101 & 102, and with larger scale items. Students will be provided with a shovel "blank" to be folded and riveted. Then, students will forge a fireplace poker with decorative handle. The shovel and handle will be riveted together.

  • 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:

1887-0509 This offering has already met      Sun May 9, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1887-0912    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list      Sun September 12, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 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: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $415 (members)         $465 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

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

Sessions:

1821-0925    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 25, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 26, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon September 27, 2021 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:

1756-1002    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 2, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 3, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Intro to Sheet Metal - Halloween Bat

Russ Jennings

Students will start with a mild steel cutout of a Halloween bat, which they can decorate using punches, chisels and other hot and cold techniques. Then, students will learn how to bend and curve sheets of metal. The final result is a 3-D hand forged decoration, perfect for Halloween.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $55
         Non-members: $65
  • Materials: $25
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $80 (members)         $90 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 1 Half Day

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

Sessions:

1889-1008    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri October 8, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




No Grind Knife - 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:

1885-0417 This offering has already met
      Sat April 17, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 18, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1885-1009    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 9, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 10, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Basics of Hardware Making

Dick Sargent

In this class we'll forge the iconic bean latch, the most common latch used on English settlement doors. Then we'll move on to forging simple strap hinges and their related parts. Students will leave this class knowing the fundamentals of making hardware and have a foundation to move forward into more complex hardware design.

  • 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:

1862-1015    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 15, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 16, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 17, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 18, 2021 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:

1822-1023    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat October 23, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 24, 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm