Instructor: Patrick Quinn
Level: Seasoned Beginner
Dates: March 23rd & 24th, October 26th & 27th
We believe tong making is the backbone of becoming a good blacksmith and a great project for someone who has some experience in forging, but wants to get technically more proficient at the anvil. A blacksmith’s skills can be measured by the quality of the tongs they make. Hammers are important, but you can’t hit what you can’t hold, and it’s that mindset that drives our interest in tong making. This workshop focuses on everything we value at the anvil; shouldering, isolating, redistributing mass, power hammer work, riveting, and forging multiple parts that are the same. These skills are essential to a significant amount of forge work specifically in toolmaking but also translate well to other decorative and functional work.
This workshop is jam packed with hand forging skill development, involves lots of small subtle steps and nuances, and moves quickly. More important than walking away with one or two pair of functional tongs, you will learn the skills and gain the confidence to go home or to another shop and continue to make tongs of all varieties and grow your toolset.
- 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
March 23rd & 24th, October 26th & 27th