Date: October 26, 2024

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

Instructor: Gary Standke

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to offer these CBA Level II skill-based workshops at a reduced price of $100. If you are interested in getting CBA Level certification and have not yet started, you can start with the Blacksmithing Fundamentals workshop. However, this is a great class for anyone interested in improving their skills.

In this class, students will learn to make a scrolling wrench, also known as a “dog wrench” or bending fork. This is a specialized tool used to help forge scrolls and/or make or adjust controlled bends. If you haven’t noticed yet, scrolls are everywhere in ironwork. And to make the perfect bend, you’ll need to know how to make just the right tool!

Did you ever want to just grab the iron and push, pull, or twist it to where you wanted to go? Naturally, with red-hot steel this can be difficult. What you need is a tool specifically designed to grab the material and control it from a distance. 

In this class you will learn how to forge a scrolling wrench out of mild steel. First learning to isolate and move metal in the middle of the bar to create the lower jaw of the wrench using a fullering tool. Then you move on to forging the end of the bar to a specific dimension to create the 1/2″ wrench.  You’ll create an end treatment for a handle. In this tool you will forge an eye by drawing out and bending the end into a circle. This allows the tool to be hung from a nail. This is the same technique you would use to make an eye on the end of a spoon or ladle and also to forge an eye bolt.

Lastly, you will learn to case harden the faces of the tool. 

We give you the material to make a pair of them so you will be all set in your further forging adventures.

With this tool you are able to move stock at the angle and in the direction you want. They are essential for making scrolls and fitting them into position. We also use them for adjusting the handles of tongs. You will get to try them out today, if you have time, making a ribbon scroll. 

 Gary will be teaching both the making of tongs and many other scrolls later this year.

Prerequisites: Any Discovery Class and basic knowledge of blacksmithing. You should have taken one or two other tool making classes prior to this one. 

Suggested tools: Set of large coarse files.  The Harbor Freight Tools: 12 inch heavy Duty File Set, 4pc, ($12) is perfect.  If you don’t have these, we’ll supply them.

Suggested Reading: The Skills of a Blacksmith, Vol 1, by Mark Aspery, 139 – 148.

This class will run from 9 AM – 3 PM, with a one hour break for lunch.

Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they’re available for general registration.  If you’re unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!