Tunnel Mill Crafts Calendar, 2019
Revised: March 21, 2019
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May 2, 3 4, & 5th
Make a Slant Lid Tool Chest with Derek Olson and metal hinges for the chest with Tom Latane'
Tunnel Mill Woodwork and Blacksmith Class Combination
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)
Three Views of the Chest that we will make. It measures around 22.5 inches tall, 12.5 inches deep and 28 inches wide.
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
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.
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')
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).
-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'
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.
Should be a very interesting class as usual,
June 7, 8 & 9th,
with Jennifer Horn
Steel Trivet or Side Table
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
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
I operate Daisy Hill Forge in Sault Ste. Marie. I am
an active member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Horseshoers
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,
I am a member and regular demonstrator for the Michigan Artist
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
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 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,
Ric Furrer-Door County Blacksmith
Three Day Damascus Knife Class
$450 per person
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 with Sword
Check out Ric Furrer at http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/
Watch his videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/RicFurrer
October 11, 12 & 13th,
with Tom Latane'
Decorated Hammer Heads
(Fall catch up class to be scheduled)
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 Peter Ross & Mark Aspery
More details to follow
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, Carol Adams.
Lodging available in Spring Valley, 5 miles further south on CO RD 1.
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For more information on any of the classes contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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