Blacksmithing



Introduction to Blacksmithing

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 interest 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 safety.

Sessions:

1077-0628    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed June 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu June 29, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri June 30, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 1, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1077-1017    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue October 17, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed October 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu October 19, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri October 20, 2017 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:

1073-0615 This offering has already met
      Thu June 15, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu June 22, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu June 29, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 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:

1093-0708    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat July 8, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 9, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 10, 2017 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:

1096-0714    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 16, 2017 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 safety.

Sessions:

1099-0722    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat July 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 23, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Bladesmithing

Matthew Parkinson

Students can expect to forge and finish one 4-6" blade antler handled hunting knife. 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:

1100-0728    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 28, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 29, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 30, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1100-1006    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 6, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 8, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Bowie Knife

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:

1119-0803    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu August 3, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 4, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 5, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 6, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 7, 2017 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:

1107-0812    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 12, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 13, 2017 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: $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:

1108-0814    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon August 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed August 16, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 17, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 18, 2017 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 safety.

Sessions:

1112-0821    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon August 21, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue August 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed August 23, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu August 24, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 25, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




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 safety.

Sessions:

1113-0825    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri August 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 27, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forging a Chef's Knife

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:

1027-0506 This offering has already met
      Sat May 6, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 7, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1027-0909    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Sat September 9, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 10, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Blacksmithing: You Just Can't Get Good Help Anymore...But, You Can Make It!

Peter Ross

This class is for all those who like help, need help, want help. We will incorporate a wide range of processes to make something every shop needs - a Smith's helper. As a bonus, the project uses many skills; organized and combined to make a stable, solid mechanism that will last your lifetime. Starting with a full size drawing we will work mostly at the anvil with basic forging methods and hand tools to translate the drawing into the helper. We will use various skills - drawing, upsetting, punching, welding, riveting, splitting, drifting, mortise and tenon work, threading with hand taps and dies, filing, simple anvil tooling, basic heat treating, working with a striker, etc. This is a nuts and bolts class for the intermediate or advanced smith and will emphasize workmanlike results; smooth function, solid construction, ease of use and design, efficient manufacture. This is a chance to put almost all your skills together. Less experienced students will work to a simpler design but more advanced smiths are encouraged to alter the design to include more decoration or extra challenges.

  • 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:

1130-0914    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 14, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri September 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 16, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 17, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon September 18, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Basic Blacksmithing - Level Two

Dick Sargent

This course is a continuation of Basic Blacksmithing - Level One. We will expand on what has been 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 listed in Level One. Please don't forget your notebook and pencil. The notes on layout will be as important as any of the forged elements you will make.

  • 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:

1062-0519 This offering has already met
      Fri May 19, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat May 20, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 21, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon May 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1062-0922    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 22, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 23, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 24, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon September 25, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm