Blacksmithing Classes at Bridgetown Forge
FORGING A CHEF’s KNIFE, $460
October 21st – 22nd, 2017 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus October 29th, 2017 (Sun) 9 am – 11:30 am
PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session on October 29th, special provisions can easily be made.
In this entry-level class you will forge a 7-inch, Japanese-style chef’s knife out of a high-carbon steel bar, stamp it with your initials, clay-harden it to produce a Japanese-style differential heat treatment, temper it, attach a handle, and hand-hone it to a razor sharpness on a water stone. The photo (left) represents the knife you will be making. The class will also cover the ergonomic forging method, and the theory and practice of heat treating steel. The knife, and anything else you make is yours to take home. The total cost is $460, which includes all materials and safety equipment. No previous blacksmithing experience required. The class is limited to 9 students. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
BASIC SMITHING CLASS, $360
November 4th – 5th, 2017, (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm
This class is designed to introduce a beginner to the fundamentals of smithing techniques: drawing down, upsetting, cutting, slitting, punching, twisting and bending. This class seeks to impart a solid understanding of the various ways hot steel can be shaped with just a few simple tools. The students are introduced to the Hofi Ergonomic Forging Method, which allows for very fast and accurate forging with less effort and strain on the body. We will make, among other things, wall hooks, square-cut nails, leaves, a chisel, a bottle-opener, and a fire-poker. Each student will have his/her forging station, complete set of tools, constant access to a forge, and unlimited stock. The class is limited to 8 students. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
TOOL-MAKING CLASS, $360
November 18th – 19th, 2017, (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm
This is an entry-level class (no experience required) where you will forge a center punch, cold chisels, screwdriver, pry bar, hammer head, and blacksmith’s tongs. The photo (left) represents the tools you will be forging. You will also learn how to heat-treat tools, how to identify the various tool steels, and how to use recycled items in tool-making. Throughout the class, you will learn and practice Hofi’s ergonomic forging technique. All the tools made are yours to take home. The class is limited to 9 students. Class fee is $360, inclusive of all the materials and safety equipment. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
December 9th – 10th, 2017 (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm
This intermediate-level class is as useful as it is exciting: tongs, and the ability to make them, are crucial to the craft of smithing. You will make a variety of tongs for different shapes and applications, and discover the simple, straightforward and amazingly efficient techniques to make fully functioning, sturdy and good-looking tools. All items made in this class are yours to take home. This class requires basic smithing experience, such as any other class previously taken at Bridgetown Forge. The fee is $360, which covers all materials and safety equipment. The class is limited to 8 students. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
FORGING A SUSHI KNIFE, $460 – NEW CLASS!
December 16th – 17th, 2017 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus December 24th, 2017 (Sun) 10 am – 12:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session on December 24th, special provisions can easily be made.
The traditional Japanese sushi knife is constructed of two layers of steel — a soft, low-carbon body fused to a very hard, high carbon cutting edge. The result is a blade of truly awesome sharpness, as the soft body allows the cutting edge to be much harder than a conventional knife, while providing the nesessary toughness for top-notch performance. An additional advantage is that since the body of the knife is made from a relatively soft material, it’s very easy to sharpen by hand. As form follows function, a tremendously pleasing shape emerges, known in Japanese as yanagi-ba (willow leaf). This type of knife performs extremely well not only on fish, but is terrific for tasks such as slicing a roast or butterflying a chicken breast.In the first two days of this class, you will forge-weld the carbon steel to the softer body, forge the knife to shape, and heat-treat it. On the final day, you will attach a handle to your blade and then hone the blade on Japanese water stones. As in all other classes, the knife is yours to take home. Some forging experience is recommended for this class. The total class fee is $460.The class is limited to 9 students. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
CLASS RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To reserve your spot in one of the classes, please send a $150 deposit check to:
212 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
The balance is due on first day of class. When you send your check, please indicate the name of the class you are signing up for. Additional information will be emailed to registrants prior to the first day of class. If you have any questions, please feel free to email arnon at bridgetownforge dot com or call 503-804-1524.