Date: September 26, 2021

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

Instructor: Leif Bennett

In this session, students will forge a monkey tool. What is a monkey tool, you ask? A monkey tool is a blacksmithing tool that is used to dress/sharpen the shoulders on tenons. They’re also used to tighten two pieces of metal together just before you drive a rivet.  So, if you plan on joining two pieces of metal together using tenons or rivets, this is an essential tool! 

Making a monkey tool requires hot punching and drifting an eye in a 1 inch square bar. Once you learn the technique it is applicable to any project that requires an eye. Students interested in making hammers, this class is for you! Or if you’d like to learn to punch and drift a railroad spike to make a tomahawk, this class is for you! 

We’ll be using these tools next month in our Mortise and Tenon Trivet class.  If you’ve already made slit and drift tools, you can bring them to class and use them.  If not, don’t worry, we’ll have everything you need.

This class is part of our fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques series of classes.  Students may take one or more of this series of classes, and may take them in any order. The classes are based on the standards required by the California Blacksmith Association for CBA Level 1 (beginner) certification. 

This class is most appropriate for the advancing smith with an interest in building skills and technique. While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken several project classes or workshops with us and/or spent time in Open Forge before starting this project are more successful and get more out of this class. All students must have taken a Discovery class with us.

This class runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00PM with a break for lunch.