Master the Craft of Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing at Adirondack Folk School
If you’ve ever been captivated by the age-old art of blacksmithing and bladesmithing, Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY, offers a plethora of courses to ignite your passion.
🔨 A Taste of the Forge II: This course is designed for those who have some basic blacksmithing experience. Taught by Steve Gurzler, the course aims to take students to the next level by teaching more advanced skills. Students can expect to create two or more useful or decorative objects over the course of three weekday evenings.
🔨 Blacksmithing 101: Nail & Hook: Ideal for beginners, this 4-hour class starts with the basics. Students will forge their own nails and then proceed to create hooks with a decorative twist.
🔨 Blacksmithing 102B: Bottle Opener: This course builds upon the basics learned in Blacksmithing 101. Students will learn how to punch and drift to make a usable bottle opener.
🔨Blacksmithing 102D: Using Jigs and Making Batches: This course focuses on manufacturing hooks in bulk, teaching students how to use various tools and jigs.
🔨Blacksmithing 103: Coat Rack: This course combines all the forging techniques taught in previous classes to create a small coat or pot rack. It also introduces students to joinery techniques.
🗡️ Forging a Kitchen Knife: In this three-day class, students will create a hand-forged high-carbon steel kitchen knife with a wood handle. The course covers forging, grinding, and sharpening skills.
🗡️ Forging Damascus: This course teaches the basic process of forging pattern-welded Damascus steel. Students will weld up several small billets and explore the basics of pattern development.
🗡️ Intro to Bladesmithing: Antler Handled Hunting Knife: This course allows students to forge and finish an antler-handled hunting knife with a 4-inch to 6-inch blade. It covers working with high-carbon steel, knife design, forging, grinding, finishing, heat treating, fitting a guard, and attaching a handle.
🗡️ Intro to Toolmaking: Chisel or Punch: This class focuses on making a punch or chisel from carbon steel. It covers the details of metallurgy and hardening.
Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, Adirondack Folk School offers a course tailored to your skill level. For more details, visit Adirondack Folk School.
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