Classes

Blacksmithing Classes at Bridgetown Forge

 

ToolsTOOL-MAKING CLASS, $360 (2 days)
February 29th & March 1st, 2020 9 am – 4 pm

This is an entry-level class (no experience required) where you will forge a center punch, cold chisels, screwdriver, 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 (2.5 days)
March 14th-15th, 2020 (Saturday/Sunday) 9 am – 4 pm
March 22nd, 2020 (Sunday) 10 am – 12:30 pm

Chef's Knife 2020

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 Sunday, special provisions can easily be made.

In this 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 AN AXE, $560 (2 days) – SOLD OUT!
March 28th – 29th, 2020 9 am – 5 pm

AxeIn this class, you will forge an axe out of a square bar of high-carbon steel, stamp it with your initials, harden and temper it, then grind and polish it to a razor edge. It will become your go-to axe to swing whenever chopping wood becomes necessary. The class incorporates both hand-forging and the use of a hydraulic press and a power hammer. The addition of power equipment adds another layer of skills, not to mention the sheer excitement of moving a lot of hot steel in a fast yet controlled manner.  Due to the close individual instruction necessary for this class, it’s limited to 4 students.  The price is $560, which includes all steel, safety equipment, and an axe handle.  No previous blacksmithing experience required.  To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.

FORGING A CLEAVER, $560 (2.5 days) – NEW CLASS!
April 18th – 19th, 2020 (Saturday/Sunday)  9 am – 4 pm
April 26th, 2020 (Sunday) 10 am – 1 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session, special provisions can easily be made.

CleaverIn this class you will forge an 8-inch cleaver out of a bar of high-carbon steel, stamp it with your initials, harden and temper it to have a tough back and a hard, durable edge, attach a hickory handle, then hone it to razor sharpness. This cleaver will feature a progressive bevel, which allows it to handle both tough jobs like cutting through bones, and yet makes it possible to easily slice ripe tomatoes and chop and dice vegetables. Its weight and size are perfect for almost any task in the kitchen. In fact, a good, properly designed and forged cleaver is a wonderful tool to have in your kitchen – I’m still using the one I inherited from my grandmother!

This class incorporates both hand forging and the use of a power hammer, the latter being an exciting and crucial skill for any modern blacksmith. It is also a necessary procedure in this class, as the cleaver we will be making is quite substantial. The close instruction limits the number of students to 4. The class fees are $560, which includes all materials and safety supplies. The knife, and anything else you might make, are yours to take home with you.  No previous blacksmithing experience required.  To reserve your spot, please see the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.

FORGING A CAMPING/UTILITY KNIFE, $460 (2.5 days) – NEW CLASS!
May 9th – 10th, 2020 (Saturday/Sunday)  9 am – 4 pm
May 17th, 2020 (Sunday) 10 am – 1 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session, special provisions can easily be made.

Camping Utility Knife 2020In this class you will forge a camping/utility knife with a 4-inch blade 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 a blade 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 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.

OPEN FORGE WEDNESDAY, $175 (total for two evenings) – NEW!
February 29th & 26th, 2020 (2 evenings), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $175
March 4th & 18th, 2020 (2 evenings), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $175
April 8th & 22nd, 2020 (2 evenings), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $175
May 6th & 20th, 2020 (2 evenings), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $175

Bridgetown Forge is happy to offer the open forge option. Students with previous class experience can work on their own projects in the smithy, practicing their craft, and forging elements, tools, and utensils of their choosing. Students will have access to a whole slew of professional smithing equipment, their own anvil and work station, constant access to a forge, and any hand tool they might need for their project. If we don’t have the tool you need, we’ll make it on the spot.  The open forge is offered on a monthly subscription basis, with two sessions a month, always on a Wednesday, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.  The monthly subscription fee is $175, which includes all safety equipment, fuel, and an unlimited amount of mild steel. A nominal fee will be charged for the use of high-carbon or tool steel, should your project require it. I encourage you to discuss your project with me to ensure maximum efficiency, access to all needed tooling, and to avoid undertaking projects beyond the scope of time and space available.

CLASS RESERVATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To reserve your spot, please send a deposit check ($150 per class or $175 per open forge) to:
Arnon Kartmazov
212 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215

The balance is due on the first day of class.  When you send your check, please indicate the name of the class you are signing up for.   If you prefer to pay via PayPal or credit card, please call or text 503-804-1524 to reserve your spot.  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.

Thank You!