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Tunnel Mill Crafts Calendar, 2015

Updated: September 1, 2015

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Crab Style Lock
Peter Ross

Peter Ross Filing Crab Lock Peter Ross at the Trip Hammer

June 15 - June 19, 2015

Peter Ross Crab Lock Front View Peter Ross Crab Lock Side View

Students will make a "Crab" lock based on an antique example originally made in Pennsylvania just after the Revolutionary war. This type was typically used inside a blanket chest with hinged lid. The lock involves a number of processes and uses a variety of skills and offers the opportunity for a variety of decoration and embellishment.

Crab Lock Parts on Bench Crab Lock on Bench with other parts and tools

Carb Lock Gathering Two Crab Locks on the Vise

Starting with a finished key (either made by each student in advance or provided at the beginning of class), we will cover the basic layout, warding systems, making the parts, fitting, assembly and final tuning. This will involve forging the moving parts, including the spring, filing and fitting, and the common methods of hand production and assembling. Students will also be expected to make their own small punches and other simple tools.

The emphasis will be on historic methods (simple hand tools) in both the forging and bench skills. We will also cover typical file decoration typically used in the late 18th century. Students should expect to spend more time at the bench than at the anvil on this project. Those who choose may use wrought iron.

Make Damascus (layered steel)
Ric Furrer-Door County Blacksmith

Rick Furrer at the anvil

August 28, 29 & 30, 2015, 9:00-?? each day

Note!!! We still have openings in this Ric Furrer Damascus class !!!
Don't miss out working with this master blacksmith and sword smith

We have invited master metalsmith and sword smith Ric Furrer to come to Tunnel Mill again to help us create the damascus steel of the early eastern world.
Recently Ric did a Nova presentation "-Recreating the Viking Sword".
For those of you who have some blacksmithing experience and want to do hands-on, let's do it.
We will be making steel Friday and Saturday.. Later Saturday, (Saturday evening) and on Sunday, we will continue by making tools from our steel.
Damascus Knife
With the steel you have made you can make a tool of your choice, (send blue prints to us prior to class) a chisel, gouge, or cutting edge tool.
In addition to the class we will be working on the $500# Little Giant Hammer. We will use it to forge and weld a heavy damascus billet..

Class cost:

Since we have some students who don't need meals or sleeping accomodations, we are offering 2 class price options:
-3 day hands on workshop: $300.00, or:
-3 day hands on workshop, including room and meals for an additional $100, for total a of $400.00

Contact us for more information....www.tunnelmillcrafts.com
jc-adams@msn.com or 507-289-4189
Hosted by John & Carol Adams
Check out Ric Furrer at http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/user/RicFurrer


OCTOBER 2,3 & 4, 2015

It's that time of the year....we would like to invite you to the mill
There will be plenty of interesting demos...
(or just come and hang out; you are bound to learn something)

IRON---- we will be running the 500Lb Little Giant

New Furnace Freshly Built
A Brand New Furnace, Ready to be Cured

--Iron Bloom Project--

!!! Note: We are looking for volunteers to help with iron bloom project on Friday
Call us to sign up.

Saturday we will be running our ongoing Iron Bloom project
Friday we will be building a new furnace. Come early and get involved
New furnace Night Time Burn In New Furnace Burn In, Outside Surface
Curing the New Furnace

We will also be having an ongoing slide show and information on iron ore mining in the Spring Valley area,
from where we got our iron ore for our bloom project*
Bring something for Show & Tell

Bring a Quilt to display in the barn
Wine and cheese
has become a regular for Saturday afternoon.
(Bring a favorite bottle to share or make a small donation)

Registration-Please fill out and return by September 30th..

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Weekend admission fee $10.00 per person____Daily admission$5.00 per person______
Meals available for these costs.......
Saturday morning_____persons @$4.00 each Saturday lunch____persons @$7.50 each
Saturday evening_____persons @ $12.00 each Sunday morning___persons @6.00 each
Sunday lunch______persons @ 7.50 each
Weekend rate Saturday & Sunday Food & Admission $45.00
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Send registration to:
Carol Adams
4505 Hwy 63 N
Rochester, MN 55906
507-289-4189 or 507-289-5246

Hand Forged Coffee Mill
Tom Latane'

Tom Latane at the forge for the coffee mill class

October 9, 10 and 11, 2015

/ Coffee Mill schematic Coffee Mill Drawing

This class will be a "make-up" session for the construction of a coffee mill similar to the one the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths made at the 2014 ABANA conference.

In the first session students forged the conical steel burrs and started filing the teeth (to be completed at home). The rest of the session was spent forming the upper hopper for receiving the beans and the burr housing. These forms will be constructed out of heavy sheet brazed in the forge. Brackets to support the hopper and center the crank shaft will be forged and riveted to the vessel.

In the second session the steel burrs were case hardened and the drawer for the grounds formed along with its housing. The lower support for the central shaft was forged along with the parts for adjusting the coarseness of the grind. Decorative embellishments were demonstrated including swaging moldings, chasing the knob, and raising beads in the sheet metal surface with a fine fuller.

Latane Coffee Mill assembly A Latane Coffee Mill Assembly B
Latane Coffee Mill Assembly C

The last session will cover forging the columns that join the parts , the feet , and the crank . The columns may be round, square, hexagonal, or octagonal, twisted or straight. Assembly will be with threaded tenons and nuts, permanently peined tenons and wedges.

antique coffee mills
An inspirational page from the Dover book, "Decorative Antique Ironwork"

Tom had to make a special fixture to facilitate brazing the cone. Here are two pictures of the fixture and Tom's comments about it:
Coffee Mill Cone Fixture Coffee Mill Vise Clamping Cone
"I made this tool because no clamp I had would pinch the joint together in the cone shaped hopper for the coffee mill the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths is making at the ABANA conference. The clamp was made to pinch the joint together before beating down the dovetail overlap. The clamp is heavy enough to put into the fire while brazing the joint."

coffee mill hopper
Here is the completed prototype Hopper

Directions to Tunnel Mill: Tunnel Mill is located 20 miles south of Rochester. Take Hwy 63 out of Rochester to Stewartville, turn east on Hwy 30 to County Rd 1 (approx 5.5 miles). Turn south on County Rd1 Follow CO RD 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, John or Carol. 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

Class Contact Information

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