Basic Blacksmithing #5 - Sunday AM

  • October 27, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 2

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Basic Blacksmithing #5: 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: Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill.

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 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.


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