Blacksmithing



Traditional Trivet Forging

Dick Sargent

Hand forge a traditional hearth trivet. Dick will provide several designs options from which you will choose one to complete. This decorative, versatile piece can be used for down hearth cooking, camping or as a hot plate on your table.

  • 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: 4 Days

Hard shoes, non-synthetic clothing and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1697-0403    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri April 3, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat April 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 5, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon April 6, 2020 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:

1586-0417    This offering is full - add me to the waiting list
      Fri April 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat April 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




The Blacksmith's Tool Kit

Nicholas Downing

In this beginner's class, students will make a variety of tools that they can use for blacksmithing. Tools that will be made include scrolling tongs, a couple of different scrolling pliers, pickup tongs, bolt tongs, hot chisel, center punch and a blacksmith's caliper. This class is great for beginners looking to flush out their home shop!

  • 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:

1638-0420    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon April 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue April 21, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed April 22, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu April 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri April 24, 2020 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: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $285 (members)         $325 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

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

Sessions:

1636-0425    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat April 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun April 26, 2020 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:

1696-0501    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri May 1, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat May 2, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 3, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon May 4, 2020 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:

1568-0509    Add registration to shopping cart
      Sat May 9, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Hand Forged 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:

1690-0516    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat May 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun May 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1690-0926    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat September 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 27, 2020 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:

1695-0520    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed May 20, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0617    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed June 17, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0715    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed July 15, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0819    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed August 19, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-0916    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed September 16, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

1695-1021    Add registration to shopping cart
      Wed October 21, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 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: $545
         Non-members: $595
  • Materials: $100
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $645 (members)         $695 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

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

Sessions:

1585-0526    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue May 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed May 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu May 28, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri May 29, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 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:

1721-0613    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat June 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon June 15, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Introduction to Basic Forging

Elijah Hammond-Wood

This class is meant as an introduction to basic forging techniques and projects. Students will learn hammer control and proper technique necessary for the prevention of injury during forging. Students may expect to complete one or two simple projects such as hooks, keychains or bottle openers. The class will go over the basics of heat treating and students will make a couple of hand tools such as a punch and chisel.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $105
         Non-members: $125
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $180 (members)         $200 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Half Days

Hard shoes, non synthetic clothes and long pants are required for student's safety. Students should be 18 years of age or older.

Sessions:

1656-0616    Add registration to shopping cart

      Tue June 16, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      Tue June 23, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      Tue June 30, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




Traditional Broom Making for the Blacksmith

Jeff Mohr

Learn the basic forging of a broom handle and then crafting the broom to go with it. On the first day, the focus will be forging the handle and topics will include introduction to forge fire tending, drawing the metal out and finishing. During day two, Jeff will talk about the history of broom making and students will tie, stitch and finish off their broom. This course will culminate with the coming together of broom and handle for a beautifully finished product.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $210
         Non-members: $250
  • Materials: $135
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $345 (members)         $385 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 2 Days

Hard shoes, non-synthetic clothing and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1724-0620    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat June 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 21, 2020 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: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $390 (members)         $440 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

Hard shoes, non-synthetic clothing and long pants are required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1725-0624    Add registration to shopping cart

      Wed June 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Thu June 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri June 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Door Hardware

Garry Kalajian

Students will create a variety of useful and decorative door hardware pieces. In this class you will have an opportunity to create pieces based on your interest and skill level. Examples of possible projects include: a door knocker, a door pull, a thumb latch, strap hinges or a door hasp.

  • 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, non-synthetic clothing and long pants required for student's safety.

Sessions:

1726-0627    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat June 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun June 28, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon June 29, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 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. Students will learn the basics of tapering, twisting, punching and bending. The final project made in class will be a bottle opener, which combines all the techniques learned during the day.

  • 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:

1687-0709    Add registration to shopping cart
      Thu July 9, 2020 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm




The Decorative Hook

Russ Jennings

Hooks are one of the most useful things a new blacksmith can make. They are used in many projects and this makes them an excellent stepping stone for learning how to manufacture things in bulk. We will start by making hooks by hand with just the hammer and anvil. After that, students will use various tools and jigs to speed up production.

  • 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:

1689-0710    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 10, 2020 9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Make Like a Tree

Russ Jennings

Nature has been a source of artistic inspiration for thousands of years. Leaves have been a part of decorative blacksmithing for a long time, and there are many different types of leaves one can make. This class is intended for students who have taken a basic/beginner class and who understand the basic techniques and concepts. We will start by making leaves with just the hammer and anvil, and then begin using tools like chisels and decorative punches.

  • 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:

1688-0710    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri July 10, 2020 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm




Forging a Spear

Colin Roy

In this class, Master of Arms champion Colin Roy will teach students how to forge, grind, heat treat and finish a traditional spear. Students can pick from a variety of styles and will work in teams to produce a fully functional spear. Students will utilize team striking, forge welding and many other traditional blacksmithing techniques to complete this project.

  • 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:

1718-0711    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat July 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forged Fashion

Ellen Durkan

This class is based around creating something to be worn on the chest or neck: a neck-piece, chest-piece or possibly both. Students will work with combining different forging and forming techniques using bar stock as well as sheet metal (sometimes copper). The focus of the class is for students to create an individual piece inspired by demonstrations from the instructor.

  • 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:

1669-0713    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon July 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed July 15, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Chef's Knife

Jordan LaMothe

Everyone likes a good meal, but you can’t make a good meal without a good knife. The chef knife is an essential tool in any kitchen, used to slice, dice and chop any number of different ingredients. In this class, students will forge, heat treat, grind, handle and sharpen their own chef knives. Throughout the process, students will develop an eye for fit, finish, and symmetry. Special attention will be given to designing ergonomic knives with effective blade geometry.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $115
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $430 (members)         $480 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

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

Sessions:

1587-0717    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri July 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat July 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Making a Hacksaw

Dick Sargent

Working with tools you've made yourself can be a true pleasure for the artisan/craftsman. Take this class and learn to make a tension hacksaw of your own. Intermediate to advanced blacksmithing experience required. Experience with competent forge welding is a must for this class!

  • 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:

1711-0720    Add registration to shopping cart

      Mon July 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 21, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Wed July 22, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Viking Helmet

Bob Compton

In this class students will make a custom sized spangenhelm style helmet with or without a simple nose guard. The helmet will include a leather liner/suspension system for comfort. This method of construction was a simple, yet effective way of making a helmet far more quickly than creating a helmet from a single piece of iron plate. Topics to be covered during this class will include generating the necessary patterns for the various pieces needed, cutting, shaping and assembling those pieces, and creating and attaching the leather liner.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $420
         Non-members: $470
  • Materials: $125
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $545 (members)         $595 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 4 Days

Hard shoes and long pants are required for students' safety.

Sessions:

1575-0725    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat July 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun July 26, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon July 27, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Tue July 28, 2020 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:

1560-0730    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu July 30, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri July 31, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1560-0801    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 1, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 2, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forging a Marshmallow Roaster

Elijah Hammond-Wood

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:

1665-0807    Add registration to shopping cart
      Fri August 7, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Hinges and Latches

Bob Valentine

In this course students will be introduced to the process of making various shapes and designs of Suffolk style latches as well as hinges from H & HL, butterfly, cross garnet and strap hinges. Many are from the designs of New England from the 17th & 18 century.

  • 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:

1743-0813    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu August 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Fri August 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat August 15, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 16, 2020 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: $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:

1558-0822    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat August 22, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun August 23, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon August 24, 2020 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: $75
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $180 (members)         $200 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Half Days

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

Sessions:

1569-0910    Add registration to shopping cart

      Thu September 10, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 17, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
      Thu September 24, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Puukko Knife

Jordan LaMothe

From whittling and carving wood to skinning game, the Scandinavian puukko excels as an all-purpose belt knife. The design, which is closely tied to Nordic culture, is compact and sturdy enough to be carried in the most rugged environments. During the first two days of the workshop, students will learn basic forging, heat treating and grinding technique as they craft their very own puukkos from raw steel and wood. The third day will be spent making leather sheaths. Each student will leave with a knife that is ready for the next outdoor adventure.

  • Location: AFS, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, NY
  • Tuition:
         Members: $315
         Non-members: $365
  • Materials: $95
  • Total course cost due at registration time: $410 (members)         $460 (nonmembers)
  • Course Length: 3 Days

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

Sessions:

1666-0911    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 11, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 12, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 13, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Forged Fireplace Tools

Dick Sargent

Take your blacksmithing skills to the next level. Learn to forge a set of fireplace tools. Make a poker, shovel, spring tongs and a simple wall rack for hanging. Experience level of intermediate smithing required.

  • 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, non-synthetic clothing and long pants are required for student's safety. Note: This is an intermediate level class. Students must have smithing experience.

Sessions:

1698-0918    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri September 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat September 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun September 20, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon September 21, 2020 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:

1637-1003    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 3, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 4, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Making Kitchen Utensils

Dick Sargent

Learn to make a ladle with brass bowl and beautifully forged and filed handle, or perhaps a spatula or cooking fork. In this class you'll learn how to make classical 18th century cooking utensils that will beautify your kitchen or make barbecuing more enjoyable.

  • 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:

1710-1016    Add registration to shopping cart

      Fri October 16, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sat October 17, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 18, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Mon October 19, 2020 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:

1559-1024    Add registration to shopping cart

      Sat October 24, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Sun October 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm