Blacksmithing



A Taste of the Forge II

Steve Gurzler

Taste of the Forge II is a series of 3 evening classes intended for students who have completed Taste of the Forge 1 or another basic blacksmithing course. 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. The ABANA Curriculum will be used as a basis for the lessons.

  • 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:

1483-0912 This offering has already met
      Thu September 12, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 26, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Medieval Ball and Chain Flail

Colin Roy

Join Master of Arms Champion, Colin Roy, as he guides students in the art of making a medieval ball and chain flail. Students will start with raw materials and use traditional methods throughout. The use of a striker will be utilized so students will work in pairs. This will allow them to learn how to anticipate the steps that will need to be taken during forging and, in turn, will help them learn quicker. Each piece of the ball and chain flail will be forged separately and will be assembled in the end. Students will be using skills such as: bezeling, upsetting, striking, tapering and even forge welding to complete this difficult, but very fun build.

  • 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

Previous Blacksmithing experience required for this advanced class for students age 16 and up. Long pants, hard shoes, a minimum of short sleeved shirt, safety glasses (we have some to supply if you do not.) A leather apron is encouraged. Students are welcomed to bring their own tools, but tools will be provided.

Sessions:

1510-0927    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 28, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 29, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




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:

1325-1005    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 5, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 6, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Camp Knife - Introduction to Bladesmithing

Jordan LaMothe

A heavy chopping knife is an invaluable tool for clearing brush and splitting kindling. This class is a comprehensive introduction to bladesmithing. Each student will forge a blade using a gas forge and hand hammer, grind, heat treat and finish the blade with a wood handle. Emphasis will be placed on ergonomic design, edge geometry and heat treating to maximize performance of a working knife.

  • 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

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

Sessions:

1424-1011    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 11, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 12, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 13, 2019 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:

1342-0803 This offering has already met
      Sat August 3, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 4, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1342-1019    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat October 19, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 20, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Pipe Tomahawk

Nicholas Downing

The pipe tomahawk is a uniquely American object, rich in history and symbolism. Come learn to make your own authentic hawk from wrought iron and high carbon steel and embellish it with filework and engraving. Depending on the elaborateness of their design, some students may leave with a finished hawk head, while others will have a project to complete at home. Students considering this class should have a solid foundation in blacksmithing - good fire management skills, good hammer control and a working knowledge of forge welding.

  • 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:

1516-1021    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon October 21, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue October 22, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed October 23, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu October 24, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri October 25, 2019 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

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

Sessions:

1343-1026    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat October 26, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 27, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm