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Tunnel Mill Crafts Calendar, 2020

Revised: February 22, 2020

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Upcoming 2020 Classes and Events, First Look----

Tom Latane' May 15, 16 & 17, 2020
Candle-Holder with Saw-tooth Trammel.
Class Description:
Students will create a two candle chandelier with an integral saw tooth trammel for height adjustment. The teeth of the trammel will be forged over the edge of the anvil. The drip pans will be forged from the material at the ends of the cross arm and dished to receive the candle cups riveted in their centers.
The cross arm will be mortised to the trammel staff, a junction which can be ornamental with delicate scrolls above and below depending on the desire and skill of each student.
A stirrup at the bottom of the trammel and a swivel loop at the top will complete the project.

Kitty Latane' May 16 & 17th, 2020
Punched Tin Lantern

Class cost: $300. This is a Two day class and includes materials, room and board.
Minimum number of students 4, maximum 8.
Class description:
Make your own punched tin lantern. Use a traditional punching pattern, or design your own.
Pierced tin lanterns like this were common in Europe and the Americas from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
They protect candles from the wind on shipboard and in barnyards, and the piercings provide charming twinkling light patterns.
In this class students will cut pattern pieces from tinplate, punch the pieces with the pattern of their choice,
and fold, join and solder to complete lanterns.

Derek Olson and Tom Latane' May 18, 19, 20th & 21th, 2020
Combination workshop, Wood & Metal
Aumrey door with hinges..

The woodwork Aumrey door with Derek Olson will include sliding dovetailed battens and pierced gothic carvings.
A decent amount of the class, (half a day) will be teaching and layout for various gothic geometric patterns,
(as opposed to handing students pregenerated patterns to glue on) and a half day making and cutting the battens.
During the 2nd workshop day we will be executing the carvings in the doors, and possibly some scratch mouldings, followed by installation of the hardware.
Note: Students will need to provide their own fret saws, wood chisels, wood rasps and carving chisels.

In the blacksmith shop with Thomas Latane', students will forge hinges and latches for their doors.
Hinges will be of a primitive punched a d wrapped style which avoids cutting and fitting knuckles.
Techniques for ornamenting the hinge straps with chasing, chiseling, and filing will be demonstrated
and students can get as decorative as time and skill permit.
Those wishing to put all their time into their hinges (or waiting to make locks for their cabinets) could hold their doors closed with turn blocks.
A simple latch will be demonstrated, which, like the hinges, could be made as ornamental as each student is inclined.
Nail making will be demonstrated but students wishing to install hardware may want to make nails ahead of time.

Douglas Pryor

Not this year, due to a scheduling conflict, but we are negotiating for
one of his excellent teaching opportunities for the year 2021.

Mark Aspery July 6-12th, 2020.
2-3 day classes with a free day in between.
Fussy Projects for the Smith.

This pair of classes is aimed at developing your skills as a smith. The projects should seem just at or slightly above your current skill level.
This class is for the experienced novice or intermediate smith wishing to improve their skills.

July 6, 7 and 8:
The Miner's Candlestick - with lot's of fiddly forging-to-dimension aspects within the project.
The basket twist handled poker - with Faggot welds, a welded collar and a jump weld.

July 10, 11 and 12:
The Filing Vise - features large forge welds, isolation and manipulation of material, some hinge work and a recessed flat spring.
May be accompanied by toolmaking with punching and drifting.

Ric Furrer August 21, 22, 23, 2020.
(tentative date, possibly August 14,15 & 16)

Fall Gathering October 2, 3, & 4th, 2020.

Tom Latane' October 9, 10, & 11th, 2020.
Combination padlock.
latane combination lock
Class Description:
Students will produce a fist sized three or four wheel combination lock with a removable pin and a pivoting bail.
Rings will be formed and brazed to plates and letters or numbers stamped on the perimeter.
The plates will be pierced to fit over a rolled tube with a slot for the toothed spine on the retaining pin.
The plates will be cut to allow the spine on the pin to pass in the correct configuration.
The caps that hold the discs on the tube can be ornamented with file-work.

2019 Classes and Events, for Reference-----

May 2, 3 4, & 5th, 2019
Tunnel Mill Woodwork and Blacksmith Class Combination

Pictures from this 2019 Class:

Make a Slant Lid Tool Chest with Derek Olson and metal hinges for the chest with Tom Latane'

In this special 2 part class, we can offer 8 students the opportunity to work with Tom and Derek as follows:
Students will be divided into two equal groups. One group will work 9AM - 1PM (or 8:30 - 12:30) in the wood shop while the other is in the blacksmith shop.
After lunch the groups will switch places and work 2PM -6PM (or 1:30 -5:30).
Students may choose to work in either shop (space permitting) in the evenings.

The Slant Lid Tool Chest Woodwork Portion (Taught by Derek Olson)
Chest Closed Chest Open 1 Chest Open 2
Three Views of the Chest that we will make. It measures around 22.5 inches tall, 12.5 inches deep and 28 inches wide.

Olson/Latane' Chest Complete
Here is the completed Prototype Chest.

Tool chests are a simple solution to the age-old problem of protection and portability for their prized possesions. While many old tool chests resemble basic box-like chests, the Slant Lid with a fall front variety is an attractive alternative that can be simpler to build , lighter to transport and easier to work with.

This will be a dual woodworking/blacksmithing class where students will not only build the chests but forge the hardware. The class will be split into two half days with half the class woodworking while the other half is smithing , then the class will rotate at mid day.

The woodworking portion of this class will utilize traditional hand tool woodworking tools and is a great introduction to those skills. You will learn dovetails to join the base of the cabinet, and cut dados for the shelves.
Rabbetting and tongue and groove joints will complete the back, and cleats fastened with clinched nails will complete the lid.
The class is a lot to accomplish but the dillegent student will be rewarded with a handsome chest and hardware all completed by their own hands.
Skill Level:
It's a great experience for both beginner and for intermediate level woodworking students.

The Slant Lid Tool Chest Forging Portion (Taught by Tom Latane')
Latane hasp hinge Latane conestoga box 1 Latane conestoga box 2

Some Forged Hardware Options, using Conestoga Wagon Box Hardware as examples

In the forging portion of this class students will hammer out the hardware for the chests in the blacksmith shop. The basic hardware will consist of a pair of hinges and a hasp, inspired by the ornamental iron on the slant-lidded boxes of Conestoga Wagons. These hinges will pivot on a clinched staple (rather than on a pin through carefully fitted knuckles) making this a simpler project for the beginning smith and allowing the more experienced smith to concentrate on the decorative work. The more experienced smith (or proficient woodworker spending extra time in the blacksmith shop) may want to make extra ornamental straps or handles for the sides of the chest (all of which will be demonstrated by the instructor as needed).

Skill Level:
-Beginner to intermediate smith,
-Any woodworker able to drive a finishing nail without damaging the wood should have the hammer control to accomplish the forging.

May 17, 18 & 19th, Swinging Hasp Padlock Class

with Tom Latane'
Tom Latane' Swinging Hasp Lock
Pictures from this 2019 Class:


Participants in this class will construct an early style (15th -17th century) padlock in which a bolt secures a hasp on the front of the case.
When the key draws back the bolt the hasp is free to swing away from the body of the lock to be placed through staples, chain, or whatever is being locked.
The rectangular body of the lock will consist of two parts.
The front and sides will be one piece of 1/8" steel sunk into a simple form while hot.
The bolt, yokes, wards and spring will be fashioned and fastened to the inside of this piece, after which the flat back will be riveted in place.
One end of the shackle will pivot in the holes through which it passes in the top and bottom sides of the body.
The other end will be formed into a hasp with a staple that enters a mortise in the lock front and is secured by the bolt when locked.

We will make a solid key with either a forge welded bow or an end flattened for later piercing.

May 31, June 1 & 2nd,

with Douglas Pryor
We are welcoming Douglas Pryor back for his third year with us.
This year Douglas is doing "scientific illustrations" including plants, and insects.
Pictures from this 2019 Class:


Should be a very interesting class as usual,

June 7, 8 & 9th,
Steel Trivet or Side Table

with Jennifer Horn
Pictures from this 2019 Class:


Jennifer Horn is a Certified Journeyman Farrier and artistic Blacksmith who has been serving the northern Michigan horse owner community since 1990.
"In addition to my career as a farrier I am also a creative Artist-Blacksmith.
The skills I have employed in my horseshoeing business have allowed me to branch into the artistic blacksmith world where I enjoy working with hot steel to create fun, beautiful and functional works.
I operate Daisy Hill Forge in Sault Ste. Marie. I am an active member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Horseshoers Association.
I've also served in many different ways to other aspects of the farrier industry.
I participate at state level farrier competitions and have competed with the World Championship Blacksmiths, LLC.
I am a member and regular demonstrator for the Michigan Artist Blacksmith Association.
As a member of ABANA I demonstrated under the farrier tent at the 2018 conference.
I love learning and continuing to further my education and skills by attending several class and workshops annually.
Clay Spencer is one of my biggest mentors, and I love learning about Francis Whitaker.
I am the mother of two wonderful boys, Brian and Jonathan Horn, ages 27 & 25.
I enjoy the outdoors, riding horses & my Harley Davidson Heritage Soft tail.
I enjoy travel in North America and abroad meeting new friends and seeing the old ones too!
And I love swinging a hammer!"

Jennifer Horn Trivet Top
Jennifer Horn Table, 3 Views
Jennifer Horn will teach us how to build an end table with round pass throughs, warps, square corners,
forge welds, and other traditional metalworking techniques.

August 16, 17, and 18,
Three Day Damascus Knife Class
$450 per person

Ric Furrer-Door County Blacksmith

Rick's Description of the Class:
Damascus knife class (Pattern-welded)

As in years past we will weld a stack of layered steel, forge it into a bar, shape that bar into a knife.
From there you will grind, heat treat, and etch that knife prior to attaching a handle.
You can explore more complicated patterning techniques if you wish, but the more time you spend on the blade the less time you have to complete the knife.

If you wish to make pattern welded bars under my guidance for future projects that is just fine as well.....You could spend three days making pretty steel.

One steel billet is provided with the class fee and other billets are available for purchase.

Tunnel Mill is a special place and you will enjoy the experience.

Ric Furrer

Rick Furrer with sword
Ric Furrer with Sword

Rick Knife beside billet Grinding a knife blade

knife blade with tang showing damascus build up details on blackboard
Check out Ric Furrer at http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/
Watch his videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/RicFurrer

October 11, 12 & 13th,
Decorated Hammer Heads

with Tom Latane'

Pictures from this 2019 Class:


Tom Latane' Decorated Hammer Head
Students will forge a hammer head and then chase the cold steel to ornament the form.
Acanthus leaf, greenman face, and rope border motifs will be demonstrated.
There will be some demonstration of tool forging, heat treating, and grinding, but to get the most work accomplished,
students should prepare some tool blanks (to be ground as needed) or finished tooling before the class.
Specifications will be sent to registering students.
Students who wish to work with steel other than 1045 (which anneals nicely for cold chasing) may bring their preferred steel.
Anyone wanting to forge a hammer of wrought iron with steel face and pein may also do so.
Skill level- Intermediate to advanced.

2020: Mark Aspery

More details to follow

Directions to Tunnel Mill: Tunnel Mill is located 20 miles south of Rochester Minnesota. Take Hwy 63 out of Rochester to Stewartville, turn east on Hwy 30 to County Highway 1 (approx 5.5 miles). Turn south on County Highway 1. Follow CO HWY 1 6.5 miles to Tunnel Mill on the left side of CO RD Call about camping on the grounds. 507-378-4983 or 507-289-4189, Carol Adams. Lodging available in Spring Valley, 5 miles further south on CO RD 1.
Shady Rest 507-346-2625---Spring Valley Motel & Suites-507-346-7788

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Class Contact Information

For more information on any of the classes contact us at
jc-adams@msn.com, or call 507-289-4189 Carol Adams.

We are located in southern Minnesota. Tunnel Mill was an old water powered mill. Built in 1869. Retired in the late 1920's..
Located on the Bear River north of Spring Valley, MN.
Wooded 50 acres with a stream that runs through it.

Now, it's a place for crafts people and friends to congregate, relax and learn some of our forgotten crafts.

Watch for more classes!!

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