Early American Filing Vise


Derek Heidemann

Class runs: June 25-28

Tuition: $575

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, know your basics

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Any craftsman who does a lot of filing understands that a conventional vise doesn't always hold the work the way they need it to. 

Filing vises allow the work to be held at the offset angles needed for those awkward filing (and even riveting) applications. This class will teach you how to make your own filing vise.

Aside from basic forging techniques, the class will involve forge welding, heat treating, and hand finishing, a file finish for the filing vise, period embellishment will also be discussed as a way to dress up your prize heirloom tool.



Derek started blacksmithing in 2001 as an apprentice blacksmith at Old Sturbridge Village. He specializes in making tools and hardware of the late-18th and early-19th centuries using traditional forging techniques and materials. From 2011 to 2017, he operated Resurrection Iron Works out of Millbury, MA. He was the Coordinator of Historic Trades at Old Sturbridge Village from 2014 to 2021. He is currently OSV’s Director of Collections and Research and has the privilege of working with the museum’s collection of antique wrought iron.


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