Nov 16, 2015
My guest today is Andy Blakney, one of the owners of the Quick &
Dirty tool company. They specialize in making affordable
tongs made here in the US out of Auburn Washington. On
October 20, 2015 there was a large warehouse fire that burned in
their shop and most of the contents, tools, machinery, stock.
Andy tells us where they stand right now in assessing the
damage. The very next day after the fire a Facebook page was
created to help raise some money to help support the owners of the
business and their families. People have been donating tools,
knives, blacksmithing classes with all of the money going directly
to Andy Blakney and Larry Langdon.
What We Talked About
- Quick and dirty Tool Co started in March of 2014 when Andy
started working with Larry on making blacksmith tongs. The business
has grown quickly to where Andy was making tongs 60 hours a
week. In 2014 he made over 4,000 lbs of tongs.
- Both Larry and Andy learned a lot of tool making skills from
Grant Sarver who owned Off-Center Tools, which eventually was
bought by Kayne and Sons.
- The staple tongs that Quick and dirty Tools make are the v-bit
- Typically they buy 60 bars of ½” round 1045 steel stock which
yields about 810 lbs of tongs or close to 400 pairs of tongs.
- When the fire happened in their shop, luckily they had been
mostly caught up on their orders. They had the freshest tongs going
in the US!
- Andy is talking to a few blacksmith friends who might be able
to continue the process of fulfilling tong orders in the near
- When the fire happened, Andy was just about to start teaching a
beginner’s blacksmithing class at Pratt Fine Arts Center in
Seattle, WA. A half an hour after starting the class his cell phone
was ringing off the hook and gathering texts from people asking him
if he was OK. Andy immediately called Larry and his wife to
make sure everyone was OK and then finished teaching his
- Quick and Dirty Tool Company has hired a professional advocate
to help them with the insurance process and estimation of damage
- The landlord of the building has offered Andy and Larry to move
the contents salvaged from the fire to another shop across the
street rent free. This is because of the close relationship they
have with their landlord over the past 10 years.
- A day after the fire happened a few blacksmiths created a
Facebook page called the Quick & Dirty Fundraiser to help support
Larry and Andy by asking people to auction items and have the
proceeds go directly to Larry and Andy.
- There is also a Go Fund Me page for monetary donations.
- Andy talks about the “magic” punch lube they make and how it’s
become known as the best lube for punching. The lube will soon be
available for sale on the Quick & Dirty website.
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