Tong Time


Instructors: John Williams & Patrick Quinn                                                                   

Level: All Skill Levels

Dates: August 29th- September 2nd ( 9  a.m. – 5 p.m. )

Materials Included

    The first half of this workshop will be spent with John learning about the process of forging flat jaw tongs. Covered in this section will be all the steps involved to create strong and functional flat jaw tongs and all the necessary geometry to be mindful of during the process.

     Flat jaw tongs are the foundation of all other tong types and John will cover all the basics of sound tong design, and construction, to ensure that the student will be able to use that strong foundation to build upon when moving into more advanced tong types. John feels that tong making is not only a valuable skill for supplying your shop with necessary tooling, but also that the value of making a truly well forged pair of tongs, purely as a skill building exercise, cannot be understated.

     The second half of the week will be spent with Pat learning how to make industrial inspired 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 using both power hammers and strikers. 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.

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  •  John has been forging for twenty years, and instructing in forge-work for fifteen. Very early on, he developed a passion for old, hand-forged tools. Instruction in those days in tool-making was essentially non-existent, so of necessity, he’s primarily self trained. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After many hours of trial and error, numerous renditions of tooling, forging processes, as well as doing all of his own design work, he’s built a skill-set which enables him to develop and tackle the projects that excite him, and in his teaching, to help others to do the same. @john_williams_of_guildwerks
  • 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

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Private Room, Shared Room