Blacksmithing



Hammer Making and the Striker

Patrick Quinn

In this class you will run through all the steps involved in making a 2.5 lb forging/rounding hammer. Starting with a chunk of 1045, you will punch and drift the hole, forge the cheeks, and fuller around the face and peen. Most of the work will be done with strikers and sledge hammers. We will focus on proper striking technique. After the hammer is forged, all heat-treating steps will be covered: hardening and tempering, then finishing (sanding and polishing), and, if time allows, handle making. This class is for intermediate smiths.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $265
         Non-members: $315
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $340 (members)         $390 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 ½ Days

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

Sessions:

1206-0921 This offering has already met
      Fri September 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat September 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 23, 2018 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: $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 safety. Students should be high school age and older. Parents must accompany children who are under 18 years of age.

Sessions:

1194-0614 This offering has already met
      Thu June 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu June 14, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu June 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

1194-0913 This offering has already met
      Thu September 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 20, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Essentials of Forging

Dick Sargent

It is essential to learn the fundamentals of any craft to have a foundation on which to become a skilled craftsman. In this course students will learn fire management, drawing out tapers, splitting, upsetting, punching of mild steel and more. The class will be shown how steel moves as it is forged and why. The basics of forge welding will also be taught while making chain links. If you only want to satisfy a curiosity about blacksmithing or if you might at some time want to become a professional smith, this course is essentially for you!

  • 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:

1284-0928    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 30, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 1, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Sliding Door Latch and Other Door Hardware

Garry Kalajian

In this workshop participants will be guided in making one or more slide bolts with different handles, spring tensioning and strikes. Door pulls, a thumb latch, and a door knocker are among further options, time permitting. Basic blacksmithing skills are recommended.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $90
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $405 (members)         $455 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

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

Sessions:

1261-1002    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue October 2, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed October 3, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu October 4, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forge Welding

Derek Heidemann

One of the most crucial skills for any blacksmith is the ability to forge weld. This two-day class will cover a variety of different forge welds from welding chain to more complicated techniques.

  • 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:

1210-1006    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 7, 2018 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:

1219-0721 This offering has already met
      Sat July 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 23, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1219-1012    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri October 12, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 13, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




The Next Step - Introduction to Blacksmithing II

Dick Sargent

If you have taken any of the four- or five-day basic blacksmithing classes, this is what should be next for you. We will expand on what you have learned and proceed to more advanced tool making and welding, job layout procedures, proper hinge eye forging, simple mortise and tenon construction along with other techniques as time allows. Finished projects (other than tools) will not be the point of this class. Rather, small parts and pieces of what could be elements of completed works will be yours to study, reference and refresh for yourself when you are working at home in your shop. This course is open to all beginners as long as you feel competent with the skills offered in our basic classes. Please don't forget your notebook and pencil. The notes on layout will be as important as any of the forged elements.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $495 (members)         $545 (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:

1293-1019    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 19, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 20, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 22, 2018 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: $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:

1299-1027    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat October 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm