Blacksmithing Classes at Bridgetown Forge
TOOL-MAKING CLASS, $360
June 2nd – 3rd, 2018, (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.
FORGING A CHEF’s KNIFE, $460
July 7th – 8th, 2018 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus July 15th, 2018 (Sun) 10 am – 12:30 pm
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 2.5 hours to attach the handles and hand-hone the blades. If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session on July 15th, 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.
FORGING A CAMPING/UTILITY KNIFE, $460 **NEW CLASS**
August 25th – 26th, 2018 (Sat-Sun), 9 am – 4 pm, plus September 2nd, 2018 (Sun) 10 am – 1:00 pm
In this entry-level class, you will forge a camping/utility knife with a 4-inch blade forged from a single bar of high-carbon steel. This type of knife is very solid and versatile, and can be used while camping, for daily use, or in the kitchen. Skills learned include hand-forging and heat-treatment. Students will gain a solid understanding of proper steps in designing a knife, choosing the right steel, shaping it with a hammer, and the steps necessary for creating a tough knife with a keen cutting edge. Throughout the class, Hofi’s ergonomic forging method is practiced. 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.
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.