A Box of Surprises

Forged Box Joint Tools

with 

Peter Ross

Class runs: July 29-August 2

Tuition: $650

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up

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In this class we will learn and practice the steps in making box joint tools, the standard for good quality pliers, nippers, and other common jointed tools used for the last 500 years. Starting with simple flat jaw pliers and working in pairs as smith and striker, we will go through all the basic steps, make the necessary tooling, and make working pliers. We will cover making of simple open face bottom swages, chisels, drifts, and file decoration. This is not a simple project, and repetition will be necessary for successful completion.  Less experienced smiths can expect to finish at least one pair, more experienced smiths will have the opportunity to make additional box joint tools of their choice, such as sugar nippers, scrolling pliers, etc.

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Peter Ross took his first blacksmith lesson at Stonybrook Museums, in 1970. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design he worked his way through various shops working as a blacksmith until he moved to be the Master blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg. Peter worked to promote the study of blacksmithing through historically accurate processes. He remained at the museum from 1979 to 2004. Peter has now begun pursuing his own ventures of producing historic hardware reproductions in his own studio.

 

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