Blacksmithing Classes at Bridgetown Forge
FORGING A CHEF’s KNIFE, $460
November 12th – 13th, 2016 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus November 20th, 2016 (Sun) 10 am – 1 pm. **THIS CLASS IS FULLY BOOKED**
January 7th – 8th, 2017 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus January 15th, 2017 (Sun) 10 am – 1 pm.**THIS CLASS IS FULLY BOOKED**
PLEASE NOTE: the class format has changed and now spans two consecutive weekends. During the first weekend, you will forge and heat-treat the knives. Then on the following Sunday, we will meet for an additional three hours to attach the handles and hand-hone the blades.
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 8 students. To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.
December 3rd – 4th, 2016, (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm.**THIS CLASS IS FULLY BOOKED**
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 17th – 18th, 2016, (Sat-Sun) 9:00 am – 4:00 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 CABLE DAMASCUS KNIFE, $460
January 28th – 29th, 2017 (Sat-Sun) 9 am – 4 pm plus February 5th, 2017 ( Sun) 9 am – 11 am (finishing touches)
In this entry-level class (no experience required), you will forge a practical, beautiful Damascus knife using a 3/4″ diameter steel cable. Students will fuse the cable into a billet, and will proceed to forge it into a knife. The top quality steel cables consist of alloys enabling a high-performance blade. The layering of the wires fused together create a beautiful, unique patterns in the steel. Mechanical Damascus (versus Crucible Wootz Damascus) has a very long history, as it was used to create, through forge-welding and various manipulations, some very striking and unusual patterns. A modern take-on this is the cable Damascus, which is popular due to its availability, predictability, practicality, performance, and pleasing appearance. Skills learned in this class include forge-welding, drawing out, shaping, hardening, and tempering. You will forge and heat-treat our blades in 2 days, and then meet the following week to hand-hone the edge. No previous experience required. This class is limited to 8 students. The class fee is $460.
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.