Blacksmithing



Forging Tongs to Hold a Variety of Shapes

Derek Heidemann

Enter any well-equipped blacksmith shop and you will see dozens of tongs in various sizes and shapes. Tongs are needed to hold different sizes and shapes of materials securely and safely. All smiths need to know how to forge tongs. In this two-day class, students will learn how to forge their own tongs and will also make several different types of jaws.

  • 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:

1165-0414    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat April 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Building Your Own Gas Forge

Matthew Parkinson

This class is taught by renowned instructor and the very first winner of Discovery Channel's Forged in Fire, Matthew Parkinson. In this two-day class students will learn the principles of building an efficient gas forge and burner. All materials will be provided including a regulator, gauge, hose, quick disconnects and burner parts. When you finish the class you will take home a fully operational forge and a firm grasp of the principles involved in building a gas forge and burner construction.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $210
         Non-members: $250
  • Materials: $280
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $490 (members)         $530 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

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

Sessions:

1158-0421    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat April 21, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 22, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Camp Ax

Lucian Avery

It is said that a true outdoors-man only needs an ax and a compass and he could survive in the wilderness. Now here is your opportunity to make your own ax! In this class you will learn the traditional tools and steps used to construct a small camp or “backpacker’s” ax. In addition to the ax, you will also be making and hafting an ax handle. These axes are a versatile tool for the woodshed or the trail. This class is appropriate for the beginning blacksmith, but be prepared to be challenged.

  • 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:

1169-0504    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri May 4, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat May 5, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 6, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Create Your Own Marshmallow Roaster

Steve Gurzler

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:

1173-0512    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 12, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Blacksmithing Basics for the Novice

Garry Kalajian

This workshop is for beginners, but is well suited for those with some experience who wish to improve their skills or get help with a project. All the basics of traditional coal-forge blacksmithing will be covered: lighting and managing a forge fire, basic operations (including forge welding), and metallurgy and its application to tool making. Suggested projects include a gate hook, a trivet, and a chisel, but participants are encouraged to pursue their interests in their own projects.

  • 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:

1174-0514    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon May 14, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue May 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed May 16, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Finials and Twists

Jorden Mauro

Forge some flair into your smith work! In this two-part class we will explore several different kinds of twists and finials with which to embellish our iron. Starting with the most basic smith's twist and fishtail scroll, students will move through ever more difficult and artful ornamentation, capping off their work with the rubik's twist and leaf finial. The business aspect of incorporating these motifs into "sale-able" items will also be explored. In the end, everyone will go home with some fun decor!

  • 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:

1200-0526    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat May 26, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 27, 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    Add registration to shopping cart

      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    Add registration to shopping cart

      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




Forge a Carving Knife, Make a Case and Whittle a Spoon

Lucian Avery

In this class we will make a sloyd style knife blade with a wooden handle shaped to fit comfortably in your hand. Next, a birch bark sheath and a razor edge. The last day will be spent whittling spoons with your knife. Steel selection, basic metallurgy, heat treating and sharpening will be covered as well as local wood selection for spoons and safe carving grips. This class is best suited for people who have some experience in at least one of these subject areas or for beginners who are up for a challenge.

  • 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:

1247-0608    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri June 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat June 9, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 10, 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 Discovery 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    Add registration to shopping cart

      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    Add registration to shopping cart

      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




Practical and Ornamental Joinery

Bob Compton

This is a class for the smith who has a good grasp of the basics and wants to expand their repertoire to include various methods of traditional joinery. Students will be working on projects of their own design, either some sort of grillwork or a small table or bench. The idea is that students will design a piece incorporating a specific technique or techniques they want to learn while at the same time being exposed to techniques that other students want to explore. Techniques that will be covered include slitting and drifting, mortise and tenon, wedged tenons, clasp joints, collaring, riveting and anything else that comes up.

  • 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:

1248-0727    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 29, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 30, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 31, 2018 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 Discovery 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 chefs knives 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:

1203-0804    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 4, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 5, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1203-0908    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 8, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 9, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Bowie Knife

Mace Vitali

Taught by renowned instructor and winner of the Discovery Channel's Forged in Fire, Mace Vitali. The Bowie knife is America's most famous knife, steeped in history and legend. In this five-day intensive class, students will learn the ins and outs of forging, grinding and heat treating this iconic blade. Once the blades are complete, students will create a guard and handle using steel and wood. Attention will be made to the feel and balance of these knives, as well as the edge geometry and performance.

  • 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:

1195-0809    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu August 9, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 12, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 13, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Mokume Gane

Bob Menard

Mokume Gane is Japanese for wood grain metal. This class will de-mystify the techniques to create these pattern-welded materials. Mokume are dissimilar nonferrous metals forge welded together and then manipulated to make interesting patterns. In this class students will be forging silver and copper. This material is then used to make jewelry and other embellishments that are added to different metal projects. The technique does not require great strength. It is easily done by most anyone. Techniques explored will be forge welding billets, pattern development, discovering the limitations of the material, etching processes and making interesting small projects.

  • 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:

1197-0815    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed August 15, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 16, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 17, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




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

Bob Valentine

For millennia blacksmiths have forged iron into many useful items. Integral to their shape is the transition from one cross section to another; often in a way that is both graceful and structural. This class will explore traditional 18th century forging with an emphasis on the 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 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: $420
         Non-members: $460
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $520 (members)         $560 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

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

Sessions:

1196-0825    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 25, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 26, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 27, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 28, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing

Mark Aspery

This class is aimed at the beginner or novice smith. Following the ABANA curriculum, we will start at the beginning and progress in difficulty during the week. Aside from the first morning, the class will be project driven, including the rose and the wizard bottle opener, among others. An emphasis will be placed on the forging and heat-treatment of the tools that you will need to carry out the next project. Blisters and a healthy appetite are all but guaranteed.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $650
         Non-members: $700
  • Materials: $125
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $775 (members)         $825 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 5 Days

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

Sessions:

1207-0910    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon September 10, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue September 11, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed September 12, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu September 13, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri September 14, 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