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Upcoming Classes

    • 03/02/2024
    • 03/10/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 6
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    NOTE: Forging a Sword is a 4 day course. This class will require students to meet at the very least on four separate days with the professor. It will be important to use the time between classes meetings for some out of class work. As such students will have access to the shop during Red Mountain Makers regularity scheduled hours of operation between meetups. It is strongly recommended that this extra time is utilized to refine work that time will prohibit during class. As a bonus, One month free access to the shop will be granted after class resolves!

    Details: This is it, the ultimate blacksmith class, forging a real sword from scratch! The sword is perhaps one of the most commonly associated items produced by a blacksmith. For thousands of years this tool has helped shape the world and conquered nations, even today it is still romanticize through literature and entertainment. Within this class, students will follow along with the professor and will challenge students to use their skills in the construction of a historically accurate sword. Students will create every piece from start to finish with all the tools and supplies they will need at their disposal. In part I of the class, Students will start by forming the basic shape of the sword, followed by forging the hilt which include components such as the handle, pommel, and cross guard and various hardware in part II. In part III students will work on crafting the handle working with leather and woods and perhaps horn, bone, antler, or ivory- then working on fitting everything. Finally at part IV the blade and components will go through various final heat treatments and acid washes before being put together as a final piece. This course is an advanced lesson involving more work due to its larger size and multiple step process. It is strongly recommended that those wanting to take the class first consider attending a knife course prior to this class so that it’s understood what to expect when making a sword.

    Task involved - (drawing/stretching, measuring, hammering, beveling, forming, bending, cutting, penning, woodworking, filing, slitting, punching, grinding, sanding, sharpening, assembling, burn fitting, fluting, carving, oil quenching, normalization, tempering, heat bluing, oiling, this is it, the ultimate blacksmith class!

    Homework- continue to refine by rough grinding and sanding the shape to the set parameters.

    About the InstructorClasses taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge


    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


    • 03/16/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 2
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    Making nails has been one the oldest forms of Blacksmithing for centuries. It is usually the first task of any apprentice to learn the basics skills necessary toward becoming a blacksmith.

    This course does not require a lot of strength nor skill-set prior to the class. For these reasons it is the perfect starting lesson for those wanting to try their hand at some old fashioned Blacksmithing. This course will teach students the proper terms, techniques, and protocols required to successfully create usable nails. For anyone looking to get a basic understanding of Blacksmithing, this is the course for you.


    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor:

    Class is taught by with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 03/17/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 3
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    In this class students will forge weld broad surfaces to construct an axe head. Students will be tasked with welding two types of steels together, temperature control, and how to prep metal before welding to insure nice clean and solid welds occur. Planning and preparation are key factors utilized in creating a functional piece. With that said, the head of the axe will have to fit a standard handle thus drifting punches will be utilized to help size the pieces accordingly.

    After completing the forging, students will then proceed to refine and sharpen their axe by, grinding, and sanding as needed.

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor:

    Class is taught by with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 03/23/2024
    • 03/24/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register


    In this class students will be lead by a professional prop maker, and metal smith, in the in the process of lost wax/ ceramic shell casting. Students will learn the process of making a wax positive, then the steps necessary to create a ceramic silica mold capable of resisting extreme temperatures while maintaining the ability to pick up extreme detail! Students will learn wax burn out procedures, dipping molds in ceramic, casting bronze, and de-molding. On day one items to be cast in bronze will be created in wax, vented, and dipped several times in a ceramic slurry mixture to build up the necessary thickness required. On day two students will assist in burning out the wax in preparation of pouring bronze later that evening.

    This technique is widely used in industry and individuals with the knowledge and skill set are highly sought in the work force.

    Note: Though it is not required, this class strongly suggests the 101 mold-making course before attempting this class to build off of previously learned skills and to expedite workflow. It is recommended that the piece to be cast in metal has been previously made or cast in wax and this can be accomplished within the 101 class.

    There will be no refunds within 14 days of the event.


    About the Instructor:

    Class is taught by with Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wear: At RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.



    • 04/28/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 4
    Register

    Learn how to forge a knife out of a railroad spike

    This is the perfect class to learn one of the basics of knives-making: balancing durability and hardness of the metal to make the perfect blade!

    Students will utilize a high carbon railroad spike and learn methods that induce carbon into the metal while also learning how to temper in a process called normalization. The metal will then posses both features of a durable and hard metal that is ideal for knives.

    As far as knives are concerned, the harder the steel, the better the edge, however, the harder edge makes for a brittle knife. A balance is needed between the soft flexible metal and the hard brittle metal to achieve a knife that will hold an edge without breaking. In this class more techniques for blade smithing will be covered, including various heat treatments, tapering, and tempering methods used to maximize strength with durability. 

    About the InstructorClass is taught by Kenneth of Fire & Brimstone Forge

    Prerequisites: Recommended to take "Learn to Forge nails" first

    Age: there are no age restrictions to the class. Please read carefully the disclaimers and guidelines

    What to wearAt RMM, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing (100% cotton), long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection.


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