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The Sailors Trusted Tools with Med Chandler: July 24-27

The Sailors Trusted Tools
 
with 
 
Med Chandler
 
 
Class runs: July 24-27
 
Tuition: $550
 
Material Fee: $50
 
Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, basic blacksmithing skills recommended
 
 

  

There are two things a sailor is rarely caught without, a rigging knife and marlin spike. With these two tools you can do just about anything needed to run and manage a vessel and divert disaster at sea. In this class we will forge, handle and finish a 4" fixed blade rigging knife(1084) and forge and finish a 6''-8'' marlin spike(4140).  Each tool will be forged of a specailty tool steel for its use. We will go over the forging, grinding and heat treating of each tool which is what makes them stand up to such rugged abuse. At the end of the class you will have a set of tools that will last you a lifetime. Based on the steels being used and shapes being forged it is recommended that you have basic blacksmithing skills under your belt.

 In 2003 Med started blacksmithing at The Fort At No. 4 living history museum in Charlestown, NH.  In 2006 he moved to Maine and worked at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, while there he was making tools for boat builders and hardware for wooden boats, as well as participating in the state of Maine apprentice shipwright program. In 2007 an opportunity opened up to work at Ball and Ball Reproductions in Exton Pennsylvania and He moved down there.  Med's focus is on traditional techniques, mastering the hammer and anvil, creating custom designed pieces as well as continuing to reproduce original ironwork and functional tools.  

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