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Tunnel Mill Crafts Calendar, 2017 / 2018

Updated: September 28, 2017

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Upcoming Classes and Events


OCTOBER 6, 7, and 8, 2017

Revised (temporary, due to road construction) directions to Tunnel Mill
County Road Hwy 1 is under constructions so here are detour directions to Tunnel Mill.
From the North:
Follow Hwy 63 South of Rochester to Stewartville. Continue south of Stewartville on Hwy 63 to County Road# 2 or 265th Street. Approximately 8 miles.
Take a left turn on 265th St or County Road # 2 follow approximately 5 miles to Quilt Road, turn left onto Quilt Road (gravel road) and follow for 2.3 miles and you will intersect with County Road 1,
turn Left or North and Tunnel mill will be on the right side of the road, approximately .5 miles..

From the South:
Take Hwy 63 N out of Spring Valley to County road #8 North of the A & W, right angled turn, County road #8 follow to Quilt Road, turn right (gravel road) approximately 2.3 miles to County Road 1, turn left, go North Approximately 1 mile,
Tunnel Mill on Right side of Road 28036 County Road 1.

Tunnel Mill # 507-378-4983
Rochester # 507-289-4189
for questions prior to event!

If you attended the Guild of Metalsmiths conference this year, you got a good teaser about smelting iron from demonstrators Steve and Shelton. Several people seemed pretty interested in the "Ore to Axe" video, too.

Well, the main event at Tunnel Mill this year will be an iron smelt, following the same process that Lee Sauder, Steve Mankowski and Shelton Browder have been using.
We will be playing the Ore to Axe DVD again to help bring us all up to speed as we begin the process.
If interested, make your way down to Tunnel Mill to see or participate in the smelt and in all the other activities that we have planned.

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 and Saturday
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

Heads-up for 2018 Classes:

May 2018

Tom Latane', Continuation of Vise class (Part 2)

Peter Ross will teach Two 3-day classes.
One session will concentrate on hinges.
One session will cover hand tools, such as socket chisels, draw knife or other hand tools,
Dates to be determined.

June 2018:

Douglas Pryor will return the first weekend of June to do a Repousee class.

August 2018:

Ric Furrer will return to show us some more Damascus.
Watch for Ric's new Nova presentation to air in October 2017.

Community Education Classes Being Held at Tunnel Mill

Info and Registration for these Rochester, Mn Community Education Classes

Watch for 2018 Clases and Times

Ward box with complex configuration and fitting a key bit to the wards.
Tom Latane'

April 13, 14 and 15, 2017

Tom Latane Key and Ward Box
* This shows a key and partial ward.
This is the first of three ward assemblies to go in this ward box.
I cut the key for each ward as it is assembled so I have a limited area to address to create the fit.

The aim of this class will be to take warding a step beyond what I have done with classes trying to complete a lock.
This class will focus on assembling a ward box with a more complex configuration and fitting a key bit to the wards.

Students will roll a hollow stem for a key and braze a bit to the end but leave the bow and collar for another time.
The ward box will be octagonal with a flat or domed top. Participants will have the option of assembling wards to allow for a complete revolution of the key or partial rotation for a spring loaded bolt.

A future class at tunnel Mill will address the creation of a lock.
In this future class, students who took the April class will be able to devote more time on decorative elements, while any who did not take that class will produce a simpler ward box for their locks.

Bench Vise
Tom Latane'

New!! October 14 and 15, 2017:
Make up class to work on Vise Parts or Coffee Grinder parts
Second Part: May of 2018, Exact dates to be Determined

Tom Latane Bench Vise Right Tom Latane Bench Vise Left

In this TWO session class (with homework and an October 14 & 15, 2017 work weekend between sessions) students will forge a bench vise with three inch wide jaws.
Striking for each other, they will upset the stock for both jaws and weld high carbon steel on each.
Once the jaws are forged, an eye will be split and drifted below each for the screw and box.
The bench mount will be forged with a tenon to pass through the rear leg below the eye. This tenon will also hold the spring in place.
The bottom bracket may be forged as a plate to be fastened to a bench leg, or tapped to take a screw for clamping to the bench.
A swage for producing molding on the upper edges of the cheeks will be demonstrated as an option. Cheeks will be riveted and welded or brazed in place.

Making threads on the screw will not be part of the class.
The screw shaft can be forged with an eye on the end for a toggle and threads cut on a lathe later.
As an alternative students may forge the eye and fit it to a tenon filed on a salvaged screw from a "C" clamp, as was done for the prototype.
The components for the box will be forged and brazed around a salvaged nut or around a worm wound on the screw.

Portable bread oven class
David S Cargo

May 13, 2017

Master of Repouse and Chasing
Douglas Pryor

!!! Class is Full, but call to be added to the Wait List !!!

Douglas Pryor Lion Head

June 2-4, 2017

Douglas Pryor Eagle Douglas Pryour Face

Class description for Douglas Pryor:

In this 3 day workshop we'll be exploring the plasticity of sheet metal (copper and steel) through
material appropriation using raising and chasing. This method is designed to keep the relative thickness
of the material consistent to the original thickness, allowing the chaser to save material for sculpture
and dramatic undercuts without losing the inherent strength of the material. There are a few
projects for us to pick from. They are intentionally designed by Douglas to guide us through beginner
and advanced art styles in sheet metals in this method. All tooling is provided! All experience levels are
welcome! All you need to bring is your curious mind!

Artist bio:

Douglas got his start in sheet metal forming through armour smithing in 2006. As a teenager too poor to
buy the equipment needed to compete in full contact sword fighting he began to make his own ... and all
his friends, and then some. After taking all of the welding and metal art classes through sierra college
he became more and more curious on how to make things without using welding. So the exploration
through "raising" metals began. This was very beneficial as it opened up many new options for creating
more complex and sophisticated works, though it would take much practice. In 2012 the introduction of
working in pitch greatly increased and challenged the way Douglas approached metal working.
The ability to fill works made of sheet metal with pitch, allowing the hollow metal to behave closer to a
flexible solid greatly enhanced what is achievable. The complementary nature of raising and chasing
has completely captured Douglas' imagination and now he hopes to explore the joys of chasing with you!

Here are some pictures of the class in session:

See some of his work for yourself here at:
Douglas Pryor's Website
Douglas Pryor at Facebook
Douglas Pryor at Instagram

Gypsy Wagons
with John & Carol Adams at Tunnel Mill

Gypsy Wagon #1

June 10, 2017 9:00-4:00

We will explore the construction of the Vardo or Gypsy wagon, a horse drawn wagon used by the English Roma people (Gypsies)
We will show pictures of old wagons and show new wagons.
Gypsy Wagon construction has become very popular recently with people constructing them in their back yards or gardens for a little cabin or hide away.
John has constructed 2 beautiful Gypsy wagons to date, and is currrently working on numbers 3 & 4.
Come join us for a day of exploring Gypsy Wagon design options and construction techniques.
We will check out the gypsy wagon currently in process. You will be able to observe or take part in the wood working or whatever.
Bring a sack lunch, explore the Tunnel Mill property and enjoy wine and cheese while working on the wagon or listening to the Gypsy music..
$15.00 for the day.

Hand Forged Coffee Mill
Tom Latane'

This has been an ongoing class. We will keep you posted about the next one, which is:---

New!! October 14 and 15, 2017:
Make up class to work on Vise Parts or Coffee Grinder parts

Tom Latane at the forge for the coffee mill class
Coffee Mill schematic Coffee Mill Drawing

This coffee mill is similar to the one the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths made at the 2014 ABANA conference.

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

We covered the lower portion of the mill with the drawer to collect the ground coffee in a previuos class. Though students may forge whatever they wish for the columns on the corners,
John made a die from a pattern prepared by Tom and die forged columns for all who wanted them.
Students forged open face dies to produce moldings to trim to their drawers.

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.

coffee mill hopper
Here is the completed prototype Hopper

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

August 18, 19, and 20, 2017

Note!!! Just Posted~!!! We still have openings for this newly scheduled Ric Furrer Damascus class !!!
Don't miss out working with this master blacksmith and sword smith

Rick Furrer with Ulfberht style sword Rick Furrer at the anvil
We have been fortunate to be able to host Rick Rurrer for the past few years and look forward to hosting him again in August of 2017.

Here's just a recap on what rick has done previouly;
-We have created the damascus steel of the early eastern world.
Damascus Knife
-Some attention was paid to Wootz Crucible steel and it will be a continuing part of his upcoming workshop.
Wootz is the steel used in many of the famous Persian and Indian sword blades and research into its creation spawned the field of Microscopy in Europe.

-With the steel you make, you can make a tool of your choice, (Send blue prints to us prior to class) a chisel, gouge, or cutting edge tool.

Some images from Ric's 2017 Class:
Grinding a Knife Blade at one of the 2 X 72 belt Grinders Grind Knife Blade Blade showing tang preparation Chalk Talk on Damascus Gluing the Handle on a Knife Blade
Ric Furrer 2017 Tunnel Mill Class Picture
Ric Furrer 2017 Tunnel Mill Class Picture

We have and will continue using the $500# Little Giant Hammer.
Knife Billet in Gas Forge Hot Knife Billet
Hot Knife Billet Going to the 500 pound Trip Hammer
Work for the 500 Pound Little Giant Power Hammer

Check out Ric Furrer at http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/
Watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/user/RicFurrer

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 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, 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 Registration Form

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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