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6-inch Lancashire-style Hacksaw Class 2019

September 7 @ 9:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm


Instructors: Martin Pansch, Jim Ericksen, Tom Sanders

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Lancaster hacksaw

Class size: Maximum students: 8 Minimum students: 4
Class description:
Whether you are looking for an addition to your period demonstration kit or just want to add some class to your 5-gallon bucket the Lancashire style hacksaw is just the dapper tool you have been looking for. In this class we will be making a 6-inch version of this classic style hacksaw (see photo) using mostly traditional techniques. We will be forging the frame, drilling then drifting the hole square, forging and cutting threads in a tensioning bolt and wing nut, and filling the whole lot to a nice finish. Finally we will be burning a tang into a wooden handle and peening the tang. We will be working with relatively small stock (1/4″ thick) so one doesn’t have to be terribly strong but being able to forge to dimension and accurately split stock with a slitter or hot cut is necessary. We may use striking and top tools to facilitate some steps but it is not required. Students who successfully complete this class should have no problem scaling the process up to make a larger saw on their own if they wish. This is a class for intermediate to advance students.
Tools and Equipment or other items participants are to bring to the class:
Forging hammer, tongs for ¼” and 3/16″ flat, 3/8″ and ½” square, ½” round, hacksaw (ironic, I know), slitter/hot cut, ¼” or 3/8″ spring fuller or top and bottom fullers, ¼” square drift, ¼” tap and die (match threads preferably), set hammer, sledge hammer, a flatter, a scrap of leather to keep from marring the near finished saw while in the vise, hot rasp, and a good selection of files (flat, half round, round bastards).
Safety Equipment: Safety glasses, ear plugs, work gloves.
Special Instructions: Limited accommodations available at the Pansch farm. Camping on site also available.
Lunch Arrangements: Either bring your own meals or we will figure out a collective feeding plan.
To register for this class, send a check for $125 written out to The Guild of Metalsmiths to:
Martin Pansch
201 Nevada Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Contact Martin at blacksmithingyeti@gmail.com or (612) 599-4762 with questions.
Acceptance priority for this class will be determined by postmark.


September 7 @ 9:00 am
September 8 @ 5:00 pm
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Martin Pansch Farm
8760 Yale Avenue
Young America, MN 55397 United States
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