How to Forge a Fuller

Alabama farrier Phillip Box shows how he makes this farrier tool

The tool bug bit Phillip Box several years ago, motivating him to attend toolmaking clinics. The Notasulga, Ala., farrier drove across the Yellowhammer State once a week for years to learn from Russell Colvin, a well-known toolmaker. Since those weekly visits years ago, Box has become skilled in toolmaking, as well as a sought-after clinician

In early summer, Box presented at a Texas Professional Farriers Association clinic hosted at Texas Farrier Supply. He shared insight not just on making various tools, but how to modify tools to better fit the individual. During this 2-day clinic, Box showed how he makes a fuller. The certified journeyman farrier not only gave attendees advice on making the tool, but also insight on how design affects its performance.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Ensure the surface resting on the anvil is flat before punching the eye so the stock doesn’t twist and offset the eye. It’s easy to twist your tongs without realizing it.
  • The fuller’s blade width affects the tool’s energy dispensation.

Leaving a Certification Examination with Something New

What is the purpose of American Farrier’s Association (AFA) certification? On a surface level, it is the measurement of a farrier’s knowledge and ability based on a standard. However, Chelsea, Okla., farrier Craig Stark finds benefits to the program beyond testing oneself. He serves as the certification committee chairman for the AFA and attended the Phillip Box clinic at Texas Farrier Supply to conduct certification examinations. For him, it isn’t what the candidates learn along the way…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern is the former Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is president of American Horse Publications.

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