TONG Days

with

Nicholas Downing

Course runs: April 1-3

Tuition: $425

Material fee: $40

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, having had a beginners course

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One of the best parts of learning the craft of blacksmithing is being able to make your own tools. Anvils and hammers may get all the glory, but tongs are your hands in the fire, and are probably the tool you will need more of than anything else. In this class, we'll start with basic scrolling pliers and work our way to more advanced forms like box jaw and v-bit tongs.

tongs

Nicholas K. Downing has been forging iron in some capacity for over 17 years. He first tried blacksmithing in a middle school industrial arts class and he has been accumulating equipment and knowledge ever since.  He’s taught courses at the New England School of Metalwork, Snow Farm, Adirondack Folk School, and the Maine College of Art, among others. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he studied Sculpture and Art History, and he’s studied at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Maine College of Art, and the New England School of Metalwork. He works full-time as a blacksmith, teaches and demonstrates in and around New England, and enjoys the outdoors with his partner, Jennifer.

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