August 10th, 10:30am - 8pm with a 1 1/2 hour lunch break
In this Tongs Intensive, we teach you how to make monkey tail tongs. These tongs are designed to hold rectangular bar stock on edge, vertically. Over the course of the day, you’ll learn how to forge tongs on the anvil as well as use the power hammer. You’ll also learn how to assemble and align tongs properly for use in your home blacksmithing shop or in ours. During the first half of class students will forge and assemble one pair of tongs. The next half of class will be spent making as many tong halves as possible, which can be assembled that day or at a later date.
Tongs are pretty tricky beasts so we recommend having taken Blacksmithing 100s (or 4 Introduction to Blacksmithing classes) before trying this one.
Please arrive for your class at least thirty minutes before the scheduled start time. Wear non-
flammable (high cotton content) long sleeved shirt and long pants and closed toe shoes. Bring plenty of water and be sure to eat a hearty meal before class. We will have a 1 ½ hour lunch break each day. Lunch is not provided. Please bring a lunch from home or plan to eat at one of the many local restaurants near the shop.