Learning how to forge tongs is the one exercise I can say has had the most impact on my hand forging skills, accuracy, and confidence at the anvil. I have seen elements of the tong making process improve my work across the board. It has made me a stronger blacksmith and improved my sculptural work, functional work, and my research at the anvil. Tong making is a very rewarding process! You can see results clearly in the functionality and strength of your tongs and the next thing you know your tong rack is full and you need to build another one.