When starting out in Blacksmithing the three H’s are very important, Heat, Hammer and Hold.
Holding is where most beginners make their biggest mistake, and this can cause a life changing event. Being cheap and using regular plies, or vise grip could cost you an eye – give you a permanently disfigured face, or a trip to the emergency ward with a third degree burn right down to the bone.
Rex from the etsy store CraftyApple sells easy to form blanks that will make the tong creating process very easy and his prices are great. Plus Rex is a great guy to deal with and does excellent work with his 46 years of experience.
More great Blacksmith info here at Ed’s site:
I met Ray on Riffworld (hofsteen is his RW username). Ray is a great musician who also has a YouTube channel. Please check his site out, he has lessons and much more. Ray’s site is in german, so you can click this link to translate it to english or any other language you might be more used to reading.