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heavy duty dipping tongs

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Scott Harrison on thu 28 apr 05


Does anybody have a pair of those dipping tongs welded up from Channel
Lock pliers? Is there a supplier for these? Our metal shop could weld
these up if I had a decent image to work from. If anybody has a pair
and access to a digital camera or scanner and could email me a detail
of the jaw setup, I would be very appreciative. Yes, you can actually
scan 3D objects on a scanner and it works pretty good for some things!

Scott Harrison
South Fork High School
Humboldt Redwoods CA

Where we are enjoying our 4 new Axner 600 wheels Wheee!

marianne kuiper milks on fri 29 apr 05


hey...
don't know about the heavy-duty dipping tongs, but
please do let me know if you find/make them!!
Marianne
travelartnmusic@yahoo.com


--- Scott Harrison wrote:

> Does anybody have a pair of those dipping tongs
> welded up from Channel
> Lock pliers? Is there a supplier for these? Our
> metal shop could weld
> these up if I had a decent image to work from. If
> anybody has a pair
> and access to a digital camera or scanner and could
> email me a detail
> of the jaw setup, I would be very appreciative. Yes,
> you can actually
> scan 3D objects on a scanner and it works pretty
> good for some things!
>
> Scott Harrison
> South Fork High School
> Humboldt Redwoods CA
>
> Where we are enjoying our 4 new Axner 600 wheels
> Wheee!
>
>
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Ken Kang on sat 30 apr 05


Home made dipping tongs.
http://photos.yahoo.com/rakuken2000

Aloha, Ken

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Harrison"
> Does anybody have a pair of those dipping tongs welded up from Channel
> Lock pliers? Is there a supplier for these? Our metal shop could weld
> these up if I had a decent image to work from. If anybody has a pair
> and access to a digital camera or scanner and could email me a detail
> of the jaw setup, I would be very appreciative. Yes, you can actually
> scan 3D objects on a scanner and it works pretty good for some things!
>
> Scott Harrison
> South Fork High School
> Humboldt Redwoods CA
>

bonnie staffel on sun 1 may 05


I have a pair of those welded plier type dipping tongs. What I love about
them is that they stay rather narrow while expanding to hold a wider object.
I will bring them up to the scanner and send you a copy of the picture. I
have had mine almost 40 years, I would think. In fact, most everything I
use is pretty old. Having familiar tools is really nice, but I also like to
explore new ones too.

My Great Granddaughter is majoring in clay and art in college. She hopes to
come to my studio this summer for some private lessons. Wow, I almost gave
up hope that anyone in the family would carry on my tradition.


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Ellen Currans on sun 1 may 05


Dear Loren (I think it was you who asked about dipping tongs?)

Like Bonnie, I too have a pair of 40+ year old dipping tongs made from
channel locking pliers. They were available in the 60's in most of the ceramic
catalogs and supply houses. Over many years of use mine eventually began to slip
from one channel to the next at the most inopportune times - holding a platter
over the bucket to drip or moving it to a table. Sometime around l999 or
2000 there were ads in Ceramic Monthly for Channel Lock Dipping tongs. Haven't
seen them for awhile but they cost about $25 and my husband ordered one for me.
He is great about making sure you have the tools you need when you need
them!

When mine arrived I found them great in every way except the angle of the
welded on tongs were at the wrong angle for me. Just couldn't make them work as
well as my old ones. I sent them to my brother, who taught High School Metal
Shop in a rural community for 32 years. He removed the tongs and welded them
back on a new set of pliers he bought with the right angle.. For me, the
tongs (about two inches long) need to extend in the same line out from the top of
the plier and the pliers need to be bent at about 35 degrees from the
handles. The top prong has two tips 1 inch apart and the bottom prong has two tips
in a line l inch apart - one at the tip and one l inch back. The lower prongs
are a bit bigger than the top ones. They can't be too sharp or they will bite
into soft bisque.

I don't know if it was just my way of working that made the new dipping tongs
awkward to use or if it was a flaw in the design. They were well made
otherwise, and since I haven't seen the ad for some time, I wonder if they just
never sold well
for that reason. You could probably find the ad in CM around 2000 or so.

I could send you a scanned copy of mine by snail mail if you wish. Don't
like to send or receive attachments.

Ellen Currans
Dundee, Oregon

scott lykens on sun 1 may 05


seen them advertised in ceramcis monthly,
skim through some new ones, then some old ones,
or... just call the advertising dept at CM and ask the same question.
CM is awesome at knowin gtheir advertisers.


>From: marianne kuiper milks
>Reply-To: Clayart
>To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
>Subject: Re: Heavy Duty Dipping Tongs
>Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 18:41:41 -0700
>
>hey...
>don't know about the heavy-duty dipping tongs, but
>please do let me know if you find/make them!!
>Marianne
>travelartnmusic@yahoo.com
>
>
>--- Scott Harrison wrote:
>
> > Does anybody have a pair of those dipping tongs
> > welded up from Channel
> > Lock pliers? Is there a supplier for these? Our
> > metal shop could weld
> > these up if I had a decent image to work from. If
> > anybody has a pair
> > and access to a digital camera or scanner and could
> > email me a detail
> > of the jaw setup, I would be very appreciative. Yes,
> > you can actually
> > scan 3D objects on a scanner and it works pretty
> > good for some things!
> >
> > Scott Harrison
> > South Fork High School
> > Humboldt Redwoods CA
> >
> > Where we are enjoying our 4 new Axner 600 wheels
> > Wheee!
> >
> >
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> > reached at melpots@pclink.com.
> >
>
>
>
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bonnie staffel on mon 2 may 05


Dear Ellen,

I also bought one of those angled dipping tongs from adjustable pliers.
Hated them too. I bit through a number of bisque until I got used to the
grip. But they are stored away or I gave them away as mine with the two
equal loving arms from the ends of the grips just suit me fine. I think
that the former pliers had too long of a handle which made gripping easier,
but also more firm. The points were sharp and they went through the bisque
easily. Also the points were at an angle that didn't give you any ease in
holding the pots. But then, to each his own. Everyone works in a different
way so the tool must fit in.

Warm regards,

Bonnie Staffel
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http://vasefinder.com/bstaffelgallery1.html
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Ceramic Design Group on thu 5 may 05


Many years ago in Studio Potter there was an short article published
with drawings on welding up a pair of these tongs. I think it was based
on Herb Schumaker's design.

Jonathan



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Cynthia Bracker on thu 5 may 05


Sorry to be slow, but I'm behind on my clayarting and just now catching
up. As far as I know, the original person to market the channel lock
heavy duty dipping tongs, was Brown Tool. I'm not sure if they're the
ones that advertise in CM or if it's someone new who is now making them
as well. I think quite a few suppliers carry the brown tool line, so
check with your local supplier. For a picture of them, you can check
our website and see if that's what you're looking for:
http://www.brackers.com/store/results_detail.cfm?cat=144&prodid=BTGT
Good Luck!
Cindy

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Susan S on wed 18 may 05


In a message dated 5/1/2005 2:58:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
rakuken@HAWAII.RR.COM writes:

> Home made dipping tongs.
> http://photos.yahoo.com/rakuken2000
>
> Aloha, Ken

These look great! Does anyone know of someone who is selling these puppies?

Susie

claybair on thu 19 may 05


3 months ago when I was yard sale-ing
we bought an old work table and several boxes
of ancient tools.
Amongst those tools I found one that is a perfect
heavy duty dipping tong. One end was too sharp and
sanding didn't work so I put a dab of E-6000 on it.
I paid $10 for the table and all those wonderful old tools...
so I guess it cost about $0.25.... such a deal!
You never know where you might turn up a treasure!

Gayle Bair
Bainbridge Island, WA
Tucson, AZ
http://claybair.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan S

> Home made dipping tongs.
> http://photos.yahoo.com/rakuken2000
>
> Aloha, Ken

These look great! Does anyone know of someone who is selling these puppies?

Susie

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