Historic Tong Making


Instructor: Patrick Quinn
Level: Intermediate
Dates: March 6th-7th ( 9  a.m. – 5 p.m. ), October 9th & 10th (9  a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Materials Included

This workshop explores the techniques necessary for forging Industrial style V-bit tongs.

A strong well-functioning V-bit tong is incredibly useful in the blacksmith shop.  This class covers the process of forging these through the use of both power hammer and striker work.  How and where to preserve mass and all the important places to consider when forging a strong pair of tongs will be covered.  Forging and forming the jaws is also important and how to get maximum material coverage in the jaw without losing strength will be demonstrated and practiced.

After lots of research and studying the industrial tong collection here at the Cambria Iron Company’s historic blacksmith shop, clues were discovered that gave me insight into the process these blacksmiths used to forge this style of tong.  I worked hard to re-create some of the tooling found here to aid in forging industrial tongs inspired by the ones found here. I have learned a lot studying the historic tong collection here and am very excited to share what I have discovered with you.



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  • Patrick Quinn has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL), Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Hereford College of the Arts, and the Adirondack Folk School. He has demonstrated at various conferences such as ABANA and the California Blacksmith Association. With an MFA in blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a BFA in sculpture from Alfred University, Patrick’s sculptural and functional works display a high level of craft and keen eye for detail. Instagram @handforgedinvt

Additional information


March 6th & 7th, October 9th & 10th