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Bolt Jaw Tongs Class 2018

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Instructor: Dave Gavin
Class to teach the process of making Bolt Jaw Tongs. Using 1/2″ x 3/4″ stock to hold 1 1/4″ square or round stock. There will be substantial amounts of drawing out the reins by hand. This is the tong size required to hold the parent material for making one of the anvil blocks (see photo). The anvil blocks will be taught in a future intermediate level class. Alternatively – the student might choose to make a ¾” Bolt Jaw Tongs – this size of tongs is used in the intermediate level class to make the slot punches.
Required tools: leg vise, hand files, hot cut, hammers, round hole punch, 1.5″ round mandrel, grinder w/ grinder wheel, cut off wheel and sanding wheels, & other favorite tools.
Optional tools (bring if you have them): touch mark, 3/8″ rivet tools, anvil block – flat, set hammers, striking hammer.
Lunch: bring your own or go out.
Safety Equipment: cotton clothing, gloves, hearing protection, safety glasses, leather shoes/boots
To register for this class, send a check for $75 made out to “Guild of Metalsmiths” and your contact info to:
Jesse Gavin
N8214 330th street
Spring Valley WI 54767 Call Jesse with questions at: 715-808-5891
Acceptance for this class will be prioritized by postmark.


March 17, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dave Gavin Farm
N6768 720th St
Beldenville, WI 54003 United States
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