Forge Your Own Tongs (2 Days)
Learn Metal Forging FOR AGE 21+ ONLY Dates: Nov 12th and 13th, 2016 (Saturday & Sunday / 10am - 6pm each day) Learn to forge your own tongs in various styles dating back to the Viking Age, but also including more modern tongs designed for performance and control. A small set of well-made tongs is essential in anyt basic smithy and traditionally grows to suit the needs of the smith. The basic skills in this class can be applied to any size and style of tong so that the smith can always get a solid grip on his work. This intermediate level class will focus on the techniques to make 2 - 3 styles of tongs - from simple Viking style tongs to bolt tongs. Working in pairs the students will be able to finish 3 to 4 pairs of tongs for use in each of their own metalworking set-ups. Class space is very limited! Students will be registered in the order that their payments are received. This class will run if at least 3 students are enrolled by Sunday, February 28th. Class Set-Up and Safety Considerations: -All necessary tools and materials will be provided for the students. -Students must bring their own safety glasses and wear them at all times in work areas (a few used pairs are usually available at the shop). -Students must wear snugly fitted, long-sleeved work shirts and long pants of cotton or wool (no nylon or polyester allowed) and firm, leather work-shoes. -Hearing protection is required and is provided in the shop in the form of foam ear-plugs. Students who need over-ear protection must provide their own. See you at the forge!
Hi! My name is James Austin and I welcome you to my Verlocal page! I am a blacksmith by trade and also conduct research in historical blacksmithing. I completed my apprenticeship as a blacksmith in southern Germany in 1985 and have been working professionally as a blacksmith since. I am committed to theoretical and practical investigation of historical blacksmithing, and make axes & straight blades, various tools, as well as host classes and create tutorials on various subjects related to historical blacksmithing.
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