Capital District Blacksmiths' Association
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May Meeting review

Railroad Spike tongs

Our Monthly meeting for may was a good one for sure! We were fortunate to have a surprise visit from Bryan Salisbury right after his 2nd place finish on History Channel's Forged In Fire! Bryan brought his two swords that he made for the show, and they looked even better in person than they did on the show! Beautiful work. For the demonstration, I (Paul) made a unique style of railroad spike tongs, with an oval ring and straight jaw to hold a spike firm and straight. I (Paul) had an extra set of blanks drawn out, and Doug was able to recreate the tongs from the demo! The design was inspired by a YouTube video by Christ Centered Ironworks. I will be happy to send you the link, if you do not have access to the CDBA Facebook page.

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