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Upcoming Classes

    • 05/19/2024
    • 05/25/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 5
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    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.



    • 05/26/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 4
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    In this class students will learn how to assemble a functional viking shield using a combination of historical methods with modern tools. This class involves, light wood working, leather work, and some metal working. This class requires no prerequisites. Students can further improve their shield by painting their colors upon the face of the shield or adding a metal boss, all which will be covered in class.  One month free membership will be granted to all participants to grant use of equipment to complete or expand upon their shield if it's not completed during the classes scheduled time. 

    Lunch will be included to include drying time.

    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 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.


    • 06/09/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4TH AVE N, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203
    • 5
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    In this class students will learn how to make Damascus steel using metal tubing and powdered metals. The class will cover all the procedural steps including acid etching to produce an extremely high quality Damascus. (1095 will be used as a base metal and steel ball bearings for contrast). The type of metal produced will be of high carbon, suitable for small knives! The billet produced will be appropriately a quarter inch thick, two inches wide, and somewhere between six and nine inches in total length.

     




    There will be no re funds within 14 days of the event.

    About the Instructor: Class is 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.


    • 06/29/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Red Mountain Makers - 810 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • 6
    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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