Securely holding and controlling a hot work piece is the primary purpose of blacksmith tongs. This class will show students how to improve the tong jaws, joint and reins design, forging, assembly and fit. Flat jaw, box, flat bar, pick-up and other tong types will be addressed. Discussions include tong handling, size, material, forging style, and history. Students will take away their own custom designed and forged tongs incorporating the information learned.
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Blacksmithing class or instructor's approval.