Vista Forge

Vista Forge Hands-on blacksmithing education at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. Associated with the California Blacksmith Association.

What's going on at Vista Forge? Changes to class schedules, special events, museum happenings, CBA events, etc. Did you make something cool in your last class? See something inspirational on a trip? Post it here to share with the rest of the gang!

Operating as usual

Level 2 Class Schedule by David Morice
11/26/2021

Level 2 Class Schedule by David Morice

Level 2 Class Schedule by David Morice

In tribute to Kevin Lauritsen, our long-time instructor who passed away on October 21st. Rest in peace and Godspeed, bro...
11/09/2021

In tribute to Kevin Lauritsen, our long-time instructor who passed away on October 21st. Rest in peace and Godspeed, brother.

a poem for Kevin by Karen Tappendorf

Blacksmith Rhythm

Keep the rhythm of the hammer,
the anvil ringing true.
Keep the fire glowing red,
the iron softening too.
Keep the tongs from slipping,
the metal shaping too.
Keep the rhythm of the hammer,
the heart of a blacksmith true.

In tribute to Kevin Lauritsen, our long-time instructor who passed away on October 21st. Rest in peace and Godspeed, brother.

a poem for Kevin by Karen Tappendorf

Blacksmith Rhythm

Keep the rhythm of the hammer,
the anvil ringing true.
Keep the fire glowing red,
the iron softening too.
Keep the tongs from slipping,
the metal shaping too.
Keep the rhythm of the hammer,
the heart of a blacksmith true.

10/28/2021
09/30/2021

Note that there will be NO Thursday night Level 1 class in November because that day falls on Thanksgiving.๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿˆ

Important! The Forge & File Knifemaking Competition has moved to Saturday, October 16 at 9 am! Dave Carrol will be coord...
09/30/2021

Important! The Forge & File Knifemaking Competition has moved to Saturday, October 16 at 9 am! Dave Carrol will be coordinating it! Hope to see more level 1 and 2 smiths competing this time! See the event below for details!

Ellen Durkan is not only a fantastic artist, she's also an outstanding teacher.  You'll learn forging methods, assembly ...
09/27/2021

Ellen Durkan is not only a fantastic artist, she's also an outstanding teacher. You'll learn forging methods, assembly tricks, AND something about design! Worth a trip to L.A. for this- register quickly!

Adams Forge is proud be hosting a 3 day workshop of classes featuring artist blacksmith, Ellen Durkan @ironmaidenforge. The classes will be from October 23 to the 25th. She will also be giving a talk about her work in the evening of October 22. Registration is available at adamsforge.org. Hope to see you there! #blacksmith #blacksmithing #forged #forgedsteel #handforged #handmade #metalart #metalwork #wearableart #metaljewelry #fashiondesign

Images from visiting artist blacksmith Flavio Ortiz' 2-day class this past weekend. Forging a human figure from thick an...
08/23/2021

Images from visiting artist blacksmith Flavio Ortiz' 2-day class this past weekend. Forging a human figure from thick angle iron.

Flavio's sculpture is completed and leaving for the Hollywood Sculpture Garden!
08/15/2021

Flavio's sculpture is completed and leaving for the Hollywood Sculpture Garden!

Flavio's sculpture is completed and leaving for the Hollywood Sculpture Garden!

We are holding a raffle for this Angle Iron Female form forged by Flavio Ortiz.The drawing will be held at end of Flavio...
08/12/2021

We are holding a raffle for this Angle Iron Female form forged by Flavio Ortiz.

The drawing will be held at end of Flavio's forging demo on Saturday, August 21st. You don't need to be present to win.

Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00.

See Karen Tappendorf for tickets. PayPal: www.paypal.me/KTappendorf

We are holding a raffle for this Angle Iron Female form forged by Flavio Ortiz.

The drawing will be held at end of Flavio's forging demo on Saturday, August 21st. You don't need to be present to win.

Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00.

See Karen Tappendorf for tickets. PayPal: www.paypal.me/KTappendorf

The Vista Forge enamel logo pins are available - limited supply! See Dave Carroll or Chris Branuelas to get yours! $5 ea...
08/05/2021

The Vista Forge enamel logo pins are available - limited supply! See Dave Carroll or Chris Branuelas to get yours! $5 each.

The Vista Forge enamel logo pins are available - limited supply! See Dave Carroll or Chris Branuelas to get yours! $5 each.

07/29/2021

Hey, friends! One of the Adam's Forge smiths, Elliot Abrego, is now working in Escondido (he's a chef). He's still looking for housing in North County- 1BR/1Ba (standalone, or the same in a shared situation). Anyone looking for a tenant? Anyone know of anything out there? Please PM Elliot!

Once he has housing squared away, he'll be able to join in smithing.

Thanks for any leads!

These are some examples of the human figures that Flavio Parra Ortiz forges from angle iron. Refer to his demonstration ...
07/27/2021

These are some examples of the human figures that Flavio Parra Ortiz forges from angle iron. Refer to his demonstration class on Saturday, August 21st to register! Space is limited

Photos from Bo Clark's post
07/22/2021

Photos from Bo Clark's post

Save the Date!Saturday, October 30, 2021Forge & File Knifemaking Competition!9 am at the Metal Arts BuildingDesign and s...
07/21/2021

Save the Date!
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Forge & File Knifemaking Competition!
9 am at the Metal Arts Building

Design and specifications for the contest knife will be announced soon so you will have a chance to practice your skills! Forge a working knife with no power tools!

Level 1 smiths will have 3 hours
Level 2 smiths will have 2:30 hours
Level 3 smiths will have 2 hours

Preregistration will be limited - opening soon! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 knives.

Save the Date!
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Forge & File Knifemaking Competition!
9 am at the Metal Arts Building

Design and specifications for the contest knife will be announced soon so you will have a chance to practice your skills! Forge a working knife with no power tools!

Level 1 smiths will have 3 hours
Level 2 smiths will have 2:30 hours
Level 3 smiths will have 2 hours

Preregistration will be limited - opening soon! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 knives.

07/16/2021

OLD TOOL SWAP!
Sunday, August 1st, 6 am-noon. Parking lot at Rockler Tools, 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., SD.

This tool-focused tail-gate sale run by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers is re-opening. Its held the first Sunday of April, August, and November. Mostly good deals (always a few too focused on their antiques...). Always some blacksmithing stuff here and there. Come early and stay a few hours for the best shopping...

The 2021 Level 1 Class Schedule- 1st Saturdays at 9 am- Sundays following first Saturday at 9 am- 4th Thursdays at 4:30 ...
07/12/2021

The 2021 Level 1 Class Schedule
- 1st Saturdays at 9 am
- Sundays following first Saturday at 9 am
- 4th Thursdays at 4:30 pm

Classes are $20 each payable at class or by pre-purchasing vouchers through the museum office.

The 2021 Level 1 Class Schedule
- 1st Saturdays at 9 am
- Sundays following first Saturday at 9 am
- 4th Thursdays at 4:30 pm

Classes are $20 each payable at class or by pre-purchasing vouchers through the museum office.

Reminder! Level 1 classes now available on the 4th Thursday each month! The next class is Thursday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm...
07/09/2021

Reminder! Level 1 classes now available on the 4th Thursday each month! The next class is Thursday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm!

Reminder! Level 1 classes now available on the 4th Thursday each month! The next class is Thursday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm!

Images from the Vista Forge Blacksmith Gallery at the June Tractor Fair.
06/23/2021

Images from the Vista Forge Blacksmith Gallery at the June Tractor Fair.

Images from the June Forged & File Competition. Three hours to complete a working folded knife from a chunk of rasp and ...
06/23/2021

Images from the June Forged & File Competition. Three hours to complete a working folded knife from a chunk of rasp and a horseshoe! Using only fire, a hammer, and files.

And the winner, after the rib cut, the steel oven bash, and the apple slice...Evan Pintzuk! A second win!
06/19/2021

And the winner, after the rib cut, the steel oven bash, and the apple slice...

Evan Pintzuk! A second win!

Time is up! 4 competitors completed the challenge - a folding knife made from a chunk of rasp and a horseshoe. Who will ...
06/19/2021

Time is up! 4 competitors completed the challenge - a folding knife made from a chunk of rasp and a horseshoe. Who will win? Stay tuned!

Time is up! 4 competitors completed the challenge - a folding knife made from a chunk of rasp and a horseshoe. Who will win? Stay tuned!

Another historic event. All the Dave's in one place! 1990s to present!
06/12/2021

Another historic event. All the Dave's in one place! 1990s to present!

Another historic event. All the Dave's in one place! 1990s to present!

Today is Beth Holmberg's last Level II class. Record attendance! The end of an era at Vista Forge!We all wish her well i...
06/12/2021

Today is Beth Holmberg's last Level II class. Record attendance! The end of an era at Vista Forge!

We all wish her well in her future pursuits.

06/05/2021

Latest Regular Blacksmithing Class Schedule:

Level l:
Saturday (of first full weekend) 9 - 4
David Gottfredson [email protected] 858/395-1426

Sunday (of first full weekend) 9 - 4
Kelly Carle [email protected] 805/231-3966

Fourth Thursday Evenings 4pm โ€“ 8:30pm
Evan Pintzuk 760/274-5770

Level ll:
Saturday (of second full weekend) 9 โ€“ 4
David Morice 760/213-8572

Level lll & Advanced:
Sunday (of second full weekend) 9 โ€“ 4
Dave Carroll 714/932-4653

Beginner Classes โ€“ Adult & Youth:
Contact museum for schedule at 760/941-1791

Hey, that was a fun weekend!  10 folks over 2 days, forging cool stuff to go into the museum gift shop.  Blacksmiths who...
05/31/2021

Hey, that was a fun weekend! 10 folks over 2 days, forging cool stuff to go into the museum gift shop. Blacksmiths who joined in included Kelly, Karen, Evan, David G., Kyle, Andrew, Cameron, Ivan, Guy, and Beth! Yup- we had folks from Levels 1 through 3.

There was even a bit of a contest- for who forged the greatest retail value of stuff each day. David Gottfredson and Karen Nowicki Tappendorf were our two winners, with their cool art. If you forged, please identify your work for us all...

If you see something you like, look for it in the shop at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. Thanks to all!

05/13/2021

Starting times change!

Starting in June, all morning classes will start at 9:00 am.

These 3 hammer heads donated by Kelly Carle will also be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to s...
05/09/2021

These 3 hammer heads donated by Kelly Carle will also be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to sell on May 29 & 30th! It's a free elective day to help the museum. See you there!

These 3 hammer heads donated by Kelly Carle will also be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to sell on May 29 & 30th! It's a free elective day to help the museum. See you there!

This art piece by Karen Tappendorf will be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to sell on May 29 ...
05/09/2021

This art piece by Karen Tappendorf will be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to sell on May 29 & 30th! It's a free elective day to help the museum. See you there!

This art piece by Karen Tappendorf will be one of the prizes for smiths creating items for the museum to sell on May 29 & 30th! It's a free elective day to help the museum. See you there!

Tony Swatton at Sword And The Stone in Burbank is putting on a demo for the Calknives gang on Saturday, April 24th.  But...
04/12/2021
Sword and the Stone

Tony Swatton at Sword And The Stone in Burbank is putting on a demo for the Calknives gang on Saturday, April 24th. But CBAers are invited, too! Tony's gonna demonstrate some sheath making skills. Any chance to see his shop is worthwhile! If you like blades, armor, or really big power hammers, you might want to go...

Sword & Stone is located in the production hub of Burbank, CA. Founded over 25 years ago by master blacksmith, Tony Swatton, Sword & Stone has established itself as the trusted source for handcrafted, historically accurate pieces, custom designed for the needs of creative directors. The shop special...

Ideas for what to make for the FREE elective on May 29 & 30. There will be prizes awarded for most productive smith on b...
04/04/2021

Ideas for what to make for the FREE elective on May 29 & 30. There will be prizes awarded for most productive smith on both days!

03/26/2021

San Diego County has entered the "Red Tier" for COVID which allows us to use indoor spaces at the forge at 25% capacity! Social distancing and sanitation measures remain in place. Regular classes and open forge dates are available!

03/18/2021

Friendly Notice: CBA memberships all expire at the end of March each year. Don't forget to re-up, so you keep getting all the great magazines (and discounts on the webinar series)! They've made it easier than ever to renew. All the details are here: https://www.calsmith.org/Renew

Vista Forge will have a work weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21st! No skill required and all appropr...
03/14/2021

Vista Forge will have a work weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21st! No skill required and all appropriate safety measures will be observed!

Come and pitch in some elbow grease to prep our buildings and equipment for upcoming events. Bring mask, work gloves, and something to eat and drink. Many hands make light work and our favorite learning center needs some TLC!

Please also consider helping fund our outdoor teaching area shade cover project with a small donation. Time to pitch in for all the great blacksmithing education we get here.

Stay healthy and see you then!

Vista Forge will have a work weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 20 & 21st! No skill required and all appropriate safety measures will be observed!

Come and pitch in some elbow grease to prep our buildings and equipment for upcoming events. Bring mask, work gloves, and something to eat and drink. Many hands make light work and our favorite learning center needs some TLC!

Please also consider helping fund our outdoor teaching area shade cover project with a small donation. Time to pitch in for all the great blacksmithing education we get here.

Stay healthy and see you then!

Vista Forge is open again with reasonable restrictions related to COVID safety.Level I, II, and III classes are back on ...
02/10/2021

Vista Forge is open again with reasonable restrictions related to COVID safety.

Level I, II, and III classes are back on the schedule so you can complete your next level or work on your own projects!

Hope to see you in a class or activity soon.

Vista Forge is open again with reasonable restrictions related to COVID safety.

Level I, II, and III classes are back on the schedule so you can complete your next level or work on your own projects!

Hope to see you in a class or activity soon.

Address

2040 N. Santa Fe Ave
Vista, CA
92083

Opening Hours

Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm

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Classes and Monthly Meeting Times:

Blacksmithing 101: Book through Museum for specific dates

CBA Level I Classes: 1st weekend, monthly (8 am Sat., 9 am Sun.)

CBA Level II Classes: 3rd Sat. each month, 8 am

CBA Level III Support: 2nd Sat. each month, 8 am

General Open Forge for Level I-III*: Sunday of 2nd weekend, 8 am

Advanced Open Forge for Level II-III: 2nd. Sat., 8 am

Provisional Open Forge**: 4th weekends (check with instructor)

Forge Management Meeting: 2nd Sat, 9 am, in NewMAB

*Open Forge is for active students in Vista Forge Level I-III classes only. 101 students may attend, but must present themselves to the forge leader as a 101 student, and may ONLY work on 101 projects.

**101 classes are also scheduled at these times- check in with the instructor, and take an outside forge to avoid disrupting class.

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Need to sell some tools that I can not use any longer. First up are this swage block and Swedish paragon Cast Steel Anvil. The swage block is approximately 168lbs and the anvil is 130 lbs. I am asking what I paid for them. $750 each. They go on ebay next month. So let me know if there is interest.
Industrial Metal Supply is having a remnant sale Thursday thru Saturday. Scrap steel is 29 cents/pound.
Thanks to all of our competitors in the Forge & File competition! The guys put out some really great work! Congrats to Dave Maurice for making the winning knife! I look forward to the next competition at the June Tractor Show!!
I'm sooooo bummed out. How could I go so long thinking my handle went the other way without the hole??? During the last month I've been working on my first level 2 blacksmithing project while spending a lot of days and nights with my mom so the rest of the family can work. Lucky me I do not work outside them home (I'm a kept woman my hubby and I like to say). A lot of my friends and family know my mom has been in and out of the ER and hospital for a long time. Almost 4 months with different issues related to procedures for her heart. So today I'm feeling really productive and getting to the finish of my hammer head. I even heat treated it and polished the hammer heads to 400 grit sand paper. I drop the hammer head onto the handle and yes, I'm sooooo bummed out.
Well for any of you that attended this monthโ€™s cork screw workshop and had to use Bethโ€™s sexy round jaw pliers (yes I just called a tool sexy) With over 20 years as a Diesel Mechanic tools are just a part of my life and I just get excited with tools and tool design. Anyway, I found these pliers at McMaster-Carr, same place Beth ordered the steel for the project. If you donโ€™t see them under the hand tools or pliers section, just search with round nose or round jaw pliers. I purchased both sizes just in case I need very small jaws.
Here is a little closer look at the supporting leg joint of my ring stake organizer for the dog club.
Here is a little closer look at the ring joint of my ring stake organizer for the dog club.
Thought Iโ€™d share this simple project I did for dog training club. They needed a way to organize the ring stakes used to make the various competition ring perimeters used for each event during a competition. I came up with this simple design. To connect the ring and right angle support I drilled a 3/16โ€ hole in the main shaft and then drew out the 3/8โ€ square stock to @1/8โ€x6โ€ and then threaded it through the holes and wrapped around the main shaft. They liked it and it successfully satisfies their need.
Here is the picture for the railroad rail.
Here is the picture for the anvil
I have started getting the extra equipment out of storage and will give local blacksmiths first shot before going to ebay and craigslist. Up first I 130LB Paragon / Soderfors anvil $700, Next two 40 and 45 LB post vises $145 each. and last for this round 6FT railroad rail. $200. I will be at the level II class or at the Penannular Cloak Pin class. If you are interested in anything here contact me and I put it in the truck and you can take a look. [email protected]
Here's a cool photo taken of me at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. This picture was taken by Barbara Altevers.