This class is for those who want to make their own tongs but aren’t sure where to start. Come learn about half-face hammer blows, shouldering, and the difference between right and left handed tongs as we work on a basic pair of tongs.? Prerequisite for this class is a working knowledge of the skills covered in Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2.
Our classes are self-assessed. We don?t grade you?beforehand.?
With that in mind, please read the class descriptions thoroughly, and seriously consider whether you have the prerequisite skills.Getting in over your head is a lose/lose undertaking.?If you lack significant prerequisite skills, you may be asked to audit only, so that attention is not taken away from students who are prepared. This is solely at the discretion of the instructor, and there are NO REFUNDS.
Beginners:?If you?ve never hit hot metal before, we highly recommend that you take classes #1 through #3 in sequence.? You?re welcome?and encouraged!?to take a class several times to better absorb the knowledge and skills shared in that class. Working through the classes in order, you will build a toolkit for success.
Intermediate level:?If you have blacksmithing experience already and are confident you know the skills covered in classes #1 and #2, you may go directly to #3, #4, or #5.? If you have taken classes previously but don?t get to work at a forge very often, heading to the Open Forges can help you knock the rust off.
Advanced level:?Students with significant amount of forging experience, who must posses all basic forging skills and have a developed hammer technique. If you?d like to participate in an advanced blacksmithing, bladesmithing, joinery or advanced forge welding course, you must have specific advanced skills required to complete the class curriculum.
Again,?If you lack significant prerequisite skills, you may be asked to audit only, so that attention is not taken away from students who are prepared. This is solely at the discretion of the instructor, and there are NO REFUNDS.
Safety:?Safety is a concern when dealing with metal often in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. No synthetic fiber clothing! Synthetics melt, stick to your skin, and burn you! Natural fibers only!? In Florida, that means wear cotton. Jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt are suggested, most of us wear jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Wear shorts at your own risk, they are not recommended. Closed toe shoes are required; we recommend high top boots. If you show up in flip-flops we will ask you to change your shoes before entering the forging areas. A hat or a bandana to hold up long hair and keep the soot off your head is desirable. Gloves and a leather or heavy canvas apron are optional depending upon personal preference.
Safety glasses are required at all times in the forging areas.? Earplugs are highly recommended.? If you have your own, great!? If not, they?re available at many stores, and will be for sale at the conference.