LLForge is now booking six unique hands-on blacksmithing, bladesmithing, and metalworking experiences! Choose from "Learn-to-Forge" You will learn the basics of forging iron with a coal-fired forge. You'll meet me at my shop, and with a hammer in hand you'll learn the basics of the art of blacksmithing. You will square, taper, twist, bend, scroll, and flatten the metal into your unique wall hook. "Forge a Railroad Spike Knife," You will be using a coal-fired forge, treadle hammer, tongs, cross peen hammer, and anvil, along with a 2"X72" belt grinder. We will be hand-forging a railroad spike into a beautiful and functional knife. We will start by firing the coal forge and drawing out the handle with the treadle hammer. We will twist the handle and start drawing out the blade. Once we have a handle and blade formed we will "quench" the blade to harden it. We will use the grinder to put an edge on your finished Railroad Spike Knife. "Create a custom Knife", You will build a full tang knife or blade from a high carbon steel blank. Choose from a variety of pre-cut, hardened, and tempered blanks. You will use a 2"X72" variable speed belt grinder to establish a primary bevel. Once the bevel is established you will use the belt grinder to polish your blade. You can choose a satin, stone wash or mirror finish for your blade. Next, you will choose from a selection of handle materials (scales), ranging from exotic hardwoods to composite materials. micarta, G10, and stabilized wood to name a few. Once you decide on the handle material you will have a choice of pins, bolts, and rivets to secure your scales to the tang of the blade. You will shape and form your
scales to fit your grip and liking. Next, you will finish your scales and prepare for assembly. When the blade is assembled you will sharpen your blade with a controlled angle sharpening system to ensure the best edge possible. Depending on the blade you have chosen and your preference you will make a sheath or scabbard from leather or kydex. You will create a high-quality, fully functional knife or blade that you will be proud of and use for years to come. "Forge a Steel Rose," Looking for a way to heat your relationship or do something outrageously cool? Tired of the same old dinner, bar, or movie? Bring your loved one or buddy to LLForge for a fun experiential learning class in our blacksmith shop. We provide all the materials necessary to make a beautiful finished project with your partner. We will be forging a rose from an 18" length of steel bar stock. Using a coal forge we will transform a piece of steel into a beautiful rose. "Hand Hammer a Copper Calla Lilly" We will be transforming sheet copper, copper tubing, and steel into a beautiful Calla Lilly flower arrangement in my backwoods metal shop. We will start by hammering a pre-cut "petal" into the shape of a Calla Lilly, We will then texture the leaves with a hammer and chisel. The stems are made from 5/16" copper tubing and will be textured and shaped before soldering on the leaves and petal of the Lilly. After flower assembly, we'll drill holes in the steel base and insert and solder in the stems to complete your beautiful flower arrangement. "Damascus, From Billet to Blade" We will make a Damascus billet and forge it into a knife. We will use 15N20 and 1084, or equivalent to make a pattern welded billet. We will start by cutting the two steels into 3" lengths. We will stack them in alternating layers and tack weld. We will go to the forge and begin the forge welding process that will become our pattern welded billet, After the billet is welded we will forge it into a knife, grind, and fit with scales to make a completed Damascus knife. You will learn the step-by-step procedure for making Damascus or pattern welded steel and how that steel is shaped into a knife and finished. This is an in-depth experience of the making of Damascus steel and knives.
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