The blacksmith once made the tools for all the trades, from the farmer to the weaver. In that tradition, blacksmiths all over the world -- and right here at the Center for Metal Arts / Fine Architectural Metalsmiths -- continue to use tools forged by our own hand. Many of these tools are available for purchase in our store, but you can learn to make your own.
This class will teach the skills of the toolmaker, forging the tools you will need at the forge. Learn the steps to making a good pair of tongs, and forge your own pair of flat-jaw tongs. Forge an octagonal-handled chisel as you learn forging and quenching with tool steel. Make a set of twisting bars to take home with you. See the many different uses of hammer head shapes, which will follow in a hammer-making class in the fall. Ask good questions, because Jon knows a lot about toolmaking, the uses of different tong styles, quenching and hardening, tool steels, and hammer head styles.
You will leave with a lot of new knowledge to make your own tools, plus a new set of multi-purpose tongs, a chisel in tool steel, and a set of twisting bars.
Jon Ledford is Head Blacksmith and instructor at CMA/FAM. Read his profile on our About Us page.
*Or to register by mail: Send deposit with the name of the workshop and your contact information--name, address, phone number and email address to: Center for Metal Arts, PO Box 30, Chester, NY 10918
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