There are few things more exciting when working at a forge than having a white hot piece of steel escape your grip and go landing in some remote and hard to get to corner of the shop. Invariably, this will likely be near some combustible material. That said, a good pair of tongs goes a long way towards keeping the excitement levels limited to the piece you’re working on. Different shapes and sizes of pieces being worked in the forge typically require a well equipped smith to have a variety of tongs varying in weight and grip.
In the following video, David Robertson at www.artistblacksmith.com demonstrates how to make a simple pair of bolt head tongs. These tongs are useful for smaller light work and can hold both square and round stock. David starts with two 13″ pieces of 1/4″ x 3/4″ flat stock to make the project.