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3 Nail Forge
The HABA April meeting will be held at EJ McCann's 3 Nail Forge in Kinder, LA. EJ will host us at his shop that boasts 20 x 40 shop floor with 10 anvils, a 25 lb Little Giant hammer, a 65 lb treadle hammer and coal and gas forges. He will be able to provide a camping & RV area with water, shower and electricity. He is also going to treat us to some good Cajun cooking on Friday and Saturday nights (gumbo, red beans and rice, etc.).
Last year's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo - Yum!!
Instead of having any set demos we are inviting attendees to come ready to demo something that they have been working on. EJ has some forges and anvils and you can bring your own equipment. And it does not need to necessarily be straight blacksmithing. Any metal work such as copper smithing or other materials and/or specific techniques. No pressure if you don't have anything you want to demo but the door is open. At the very least we will all share what knowledge we have.
Daniel and Chris demonstrate making a hammer last year.
EJ McCann - 3 Nail Forge
From Houston take I10 east past Lake Charles, LA. Turn north on Highway 383, exit 43. After 10 miles turn right on TV Tower Road. EJ will be 1.25 miles down the road, the second driveway on your left after passing Tate Road. EJ will have HABA signs at exit 43, one on TV Tower Road and 383 and one on the entrance to his driveway.
See the meeting flyer.
Trammel Double Candle Stand
Magnolia Depot Forge, Magnolia, TX
The HABA March meeting will have Gary Jameson demonstrating the creation of a Trammel Double Candle Stand. Here is his biographical description:
I was able to jump head first into all things blacksmithing in the mid 1970's after completing a sculpture/drawing degree, two years in the Peace Corps in Turkey and a few more years recruiting for the Peace Corps. Once back in Illinois, I was mentored by a small town farm blacksmith who shared the fundamentals as well as a great love for ironwork. I soon began doing demonstrations at fairs, festivals and centennials and was eventually asked to teach a summer blacksmith class at the junior college.
From this class a group was formed that is now one of the oldest ABANA affiliates, The Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association (illinoisblacksmith.org). My work has been accepted into the Illinois Artisan Program, a state agency that promotes fine craft in the state. I have continually maintained a one person shop doing one of a kind commission work. I have taught workshops on an ongoing basis with some time out to teach art and in one instance blacksmithing at the university level.
I attended my first ABANA conference in 1976 at the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University. In my early years of learning, I sought out illustrations and photos of early colonial ironwork and then attempted to reproduce them by trying to figure out how they were forged. These items included fireplace devices and tools, kitchen utensils, handles and hinges and many types of lighting devices. This process helped immensely to become familiar with all fundamental forging processes and led me to devising my own colonial variations such as the trammel double candle stand that I will demonstrate at the Magnolia event. My work interest ranges from the very traditional to the very contemporary.
Magnolia Depot Forge
The Shop is located in the south corner of the yard for The Depot which is managed by the Magnolia Historical Society, Inc.
See the meeting flyer.
Steephollow Forgeworks, Bryan, TX
The HABA February meeting will be held in conjunction with the 5th annual Combo-Demo at Steephollow Forgeworks in Bryan,TX. Alan and Jeff Lee host this "Forge Fest" each year. This is a one day mini blacksmithing conference, free of charge, and open to the public. It is a once a year rendezvous of all the blacksmithing groups in Texas and Louisiana with demonstrations, vendors, art displays, auction, iron smelt, tailgating, food, and music. The Combo-Demo is only possible because of the generous support of the blacksmithing community at large. Volunteers are always needed. Auction and donations help pay for the whole thing.
Demonstrations will be from 9:30-11:30am and 1-4pm. a number of demonstrators have been booked including:
Action will be constant following the side by side Demo format.
The following will be showing and selling their latest creations:
James Johnson with Anyang Powers Hammers will demo one of his hammers.
The smelt will be led by Richard DelaHousaye from Carencro, La. The bloom will be tapped near 4pm.
The auction of donated iron artwork at 11:30am is what covers the expenses and is only possible because of the generous donation from the group members of:
HABAPlease consider donating your latest creation and don't forget your checkbook.
The Combo- Demo forging competition is a “Doorknocker” this year. The winner gets bragging rights for one year. Show your skills and creativity and bring it! Also bring your latest forged creation for display or sale. Sell your old tools or buy some new ones.
Directions to Steephollow Forgeworks:
Steephollow Forgeworks is located at 7286 Mesco Dr., Bryan, TX 77808. From Houston take 290 west. Turn right (North) on State Highway 6. Exit to FM 1179 and go right. Mesco Drive will be about 2.5 miles down the road. Google Maps link
Check out the meeting flyer here.
The Efficient Farriers Forging Techniques
and Bladesmithing Forging Demonstration
Daniel Riffe's Forge, Needville, TX
Daniel will start the demonstration by describing the progression of his forging career from selling ornamental items at farmers markets to forging hammer, tools, and knives through to deciding to expand his capabilities to include a career as a farrier. There will also be a discussion of how his shop's capabilities have progressed as well as the reasoning behind what equipment and tools were deemed important during each evolution of his journey as well as the how and why of the location, construction, and mounting requirements.
In order to make a living, farriers must be adept at quickly assessing a horses shoeing requirements, determining the stock dimensions required to make the shoes, and then working quickly, efficiently and precisely when forging the shoes. Over many hundreds of years, farriers have continually worked at improving upon their forging techniques and analytical skills. At first blush, and because of the speed with which they accomplish their task, the farriers' ability to forge and shape a shoe may appear to be a singular effort with a very defined goal. And it is; the ultimate goal being to improve the horses life and the farriers ability to make a living through pleasing their clients. However, upon closer examination of the farriers efforts you find that their work may be dissected into many discrete forging elements that all smiths may benefit from understanding and applying. Daniel will be demonstrating and discussing many of the efficient methods applied by the horseshoer.
Daniel will also be demonstrating the various forging techniques he applies when forging knives. He will forge a blade from the most often utilized flat stock (in this particular case; a farriers rasp). However, Daniel will also demonstrate the much lessor utilized but very efficient methods of forging knives from round stock and bar stock. In addition, Daniel will discuss his successes and experience in making Damascus from bandsaw blades and steel strapping material as well as the idiosyncrasies of forging brass.
Daniel Riffe's Forge
Hwy 288: Go south on Hwy 288 to 1462 and go west towards Rosharon. Pass through Rosharon and turn right on 762. Go past Brazos Bend State Park. The road will sharply turn left and then right again. At the next sharp left go straight onto Peters Road. Take Peters Road to Rawlings Road and turn right. Turn left onto Oakwood Drive.
Hwy 59: Take Hwy 59 south to Hwy 36 and go south. Turn left onto FM 1994. Turn right onto 762. At the sharp right turn, turn left onto Peters Road. Take Peters Road to Rawlings Road and turn right. Turn left onto Oakwood Drive.Google map link and Meeting Flyer
If you need help with directions, call (281) 974-0296.
HABA Controlled Hand Forging at ABNC
HABA will be holding a Blacksmithing meeting at Armand Bayou on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The focus of the meetings will be to have a group of interested members work their way through the controlled hand forging progression as a means of learning the basics of forging iron. The progression starts with the basic techniques for moving metal and shaping it. It eventually leads into advanced techniques. Along the way, participants will create various artifacts that are of use both in pioneer societies as well as the modern world. Please see our Armand Bayou Monthly Meeting Flyer for details.
To participate in the meetings one must be a member of HABA which only costs $20.00 per year. The public is welcome to observe without charge and we will have displays of items made by members.
The meetings will take place in front of the hay barn next to the wood working shop. We usually have some good shade and there is plenty of room for working. We will have at least 3 anvils, a leg vice or two and two forges. So if you don't have all the equipment we can share these.
Armand Bayou requests that we limit vehicle traffic between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. So if you are bringing something that needs to be transported be sure to arrive before 9 AM. Another reason to arrive before 9 AM is to be able to enter the area without paying the Armand Bayou entry fee of $4.00 per person.
Details of each upcoming meeting will be announced in the HABA Update email. If you want to be put on the list send an email to email@example.com.
On Bay Area Boulevard 7 miles east of I-45, approximately 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston, 30 miles northwest of Galveston, and on the southeast boundary of Pasadena.ABNC is the neighbor of NASA/Johnson Space Center, University of Houston Clear Lake and the Lunar Planetary Institute, the Bayport Industrial complex and is surrounded by significant residential development.
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HABA Calendar for 2015 is Online
It's the annual clean-up and revise season here in the web shop. If something seems put away too good please let your web feller know. The 2015 meeting schedule and topics are announced on our HABA 2015 Calendar page which will be updated as often as possible. We hope you can attend and contribute to each meeting demonstration.
This front page of meetings announcement was trimmed back in December, and the complete listing for all of 2014 is still available at HABA 2014. Each of these sites contain links to each summary, photos, and announcement page we published for your convenience.
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HABA Events Calendar for 2015
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ABANA Demonstrator Guideline
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Four States Iron Munchers
River Bluff Forge Council
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Alabama Forge Council
Florida Artist Blacksmith Association
North Carolina ABANA
Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild
New England Blacksmiths
Appalachian Area Chapter of ABANA
Forge & Anvil
Illinois Valley Blacksmith
Upper Midwest Blacksmiths
Rocky Mountain Smiths
National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association
American Bladesmith Society
The Guild of Metalsmiths
National Ornamental Metal Museum
Anvil Museum Collection
Magnolia Historical Society
Historic Magnolia Depot FB
Magnolia Depot Day
Magnolia Depot HABA Blacksmith Shop
Rockdale Depot Blacksmith Shop
Zilker Blacksmith Shop
Styles Of Forges
Brick And Steel Forges
A tale of two shops
Blacksmith's Coal Forge
Blacksmith's Coal Forge 2
Blacksmith's Coal Forge 3
Steel Sidedraft Forge
The Steel Sidedraft Forge Hood
Furrer Wootz Making
I Forge Iron
Anvilfire iForge Projects
Anvilfire Anvil Weight Calculator
Metal Artist Forum
Metal Smithing How-To
Forge and Anvil
U.S. Time of Day
Vulcan Restoration Project
Vulcan Park Birmingham
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Katy's Outdoor Learning Center
The Pearl Fincher Museum
Copper Metal Prices
Prevent Copper Theft
Cultural Arts Council
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for Contemporary Craft
Bayou City Art Festival
Texas Accountants and
Lawyers for the Arts
The American Blacksmith
The Village Blacksmith
Excavations at a Blacksmith Shop
Museum Of Our Industrial Heritage
Carriage Museum of America
Blacksmithing in the 21st Century
Tempil Color Guide
ABA Coal Info
History of Bolts
Tool & Shop Tips
LAMA Electric Welding
The Blacksmith Anvil
Romancing the Hammer
Men and Women of Iron
Rural Craft Pulications-UK
Heat Treating Data E-Book
Practical Blacksmithing 1888
Last of the Blacksmiths
John Lienhard and
Modern Blacksmithing In 1902
Crafticulation & Education Conference
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