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A compilation of available sources of tong making methods

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 A compilation of available sources of tong making methods.  Feel free to add.

Free on-line sources:
the United Nations books on agricultural blacksmithing:
Link to the first volume: book http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ah637e/ah637e00.htm
and the tong page: http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ah637e/AH637E24.htm

Volume two with a couple of mother methods, including the "Proper" method:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ah635e/Ah635e00.htm
The tong page: http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ah635e/AH635E10.HTM

Sadly, it appears that the Cosira books are no longer available for free download, you'll have to buy them.  However, if you're willing to part with the coin, I would put said coin into the purchase of Mark Aspery's books, 'Mastering the Fundamentals of Blacksmithing'.  In volume one, he takes you through the steps of forging five types of tongs.
http://www.markaspery.com/School_of_Blacksmithing/Book_1.html

And supporting the books are these two Youtube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf1n9U-lp78

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp6lQ8fkrUU

And here is a short bit from a clinic with Toby Hickman, a wizard with the power hammer, it includes a bit of power hammer tong making:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGSPX5Yn70Q

DVD by Toby showing how to make tongs with the power hammer in detail, available from both Blue Moon and Amazon:

http://bluemoonpress.org/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=toby+hickman

https://www.amazon.com/Toby-Hickmans-Power-Hammer-Techniques/dp/B00AERTRV2

 

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Was sad that the Cosira books were no longer available, so started searching in-depth.  Found this site at BAM, looks to be a great resource, THANK YOU BAM!

http://www.bamsite.org/books/books.html

The section on tong making from the Blacksmith's Craft, lesson 37:

http://www.bamsite.org/books/BlacksmithscraftPart5_tcm2-18916.pdf

Edited by Gerald Boggs

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Thank you Gerald.  I shall pin this.

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I'll add a couple of useful YouTube videos if I may:

 

 

 

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I am new to this hobby.....haven't even hammered my first hot piece yet....just building a forge at this point.  Videos like this amaze me....how awesome is it that you can make your own tools.  I'm not sure why.....but I'm completely fascinated by this.  What a noob, huh?  Haha.  It's just too cool. 

                                          Warner

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Lol speaking of TONGS lmfao, I actually gotta run down to the ace or in a couple of hours and get some more steel so I can make some tongs lol I messed up but I am going to use that steel for another project the steel that I messed up anyway lol.  So starting over lol.  At least tongs are good practice I need to make at least 3 sets of knife makers tongs and I found a style that I like that I wanna use its just for me... Making the reigns is well some what challenging lol because the very first pair I made I guess I didn't thin out the reigns enough so they'd get stuck on each other.  OPPS Learning experiences.

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8 hours ago, Gerald Boggs said:

Are you saying you don't have Mark Aspery's books?

I NEVER have enough books, Anvilfire has a half dozen that I 'need' to read just to get started, and based on the quality of that tutorial I should find those books by Mark. I was just thinking too how I could really use a good book about what tools to make and when to start. I was gifted a book by JPH from my family when I first wanted to get into bladesmithing, and I read half of Verhoeven's a long time ago. Basically it seems like I should spend more time reading right now than actually forging.

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My first comment was meant as humor, but let me go into teacher mode:  Do both, read and forge.  Then go back and read the same page again and do again.  Once you think you're getting a feel for something, move on to the next page.  Mark's books are excellent because they're set up as both a source of knowledge and as a training program for the blacksmith.  Start with book one, read and work your way through it and you will be well on you way to becoming a skilled smith.

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