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Welcome to HABAIRON.ORG, the website of the Houston Area Blacksmith's Association, the Internet resource of choice for the blacksmith in and around Houston, Texas. We have the technology!


April 25-27, 2014


Demo Fest

at
EJ McCann's Shop
22890 TV Tower Road
Kinder, LA 70648

The HABA April meeting will be held at EJ McCann's shop 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).

Activities:

Demos
  • Chris and Daniel Riffe will demo on making a hammer
  • Dana Flanders will demo making of flowers
  • Other demos to be announced
Schedule:
  • Friday:

  • Arrive any time on Friday - free forging
  • 6:30 PM - Dinner
  • Saturday:
  • 9:00 AM - Start of meeting
  • 9:30 - Demonstrations
  • 11:30 -12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Demonstrations continue
  • 5:00 - Close of meeting
  • 6:30 - Dinner followed by a bon fire
  • Sunday free forging and tear down
Detailed directions are available in this flyer for download Demo Fest.


HABA "You Can Handle It!" Experiments in Twisting is rescheduled for May 17, 2014

Dana Flanders will show and discuss various examples of twisted handles. Classic and creative approaches using square bar, flat bar, multiple strands, groups of strands, square tube, angle iron, cable, and pipe will be featured.



He will then demonstrate the twisting of a few new set-ups and making one into a rake / poker by drawing out and forging the ends. After the demos, members will work together to create forge rakes and pokers.

Schedule Saturday May 17:

  • 8:00 : Sign In and set-up
  • 9:00 : Dana discusses and demonstrates
  • 11:00 : Members work to forge tools
  • 12:00 : Lunch at your option
  • 1:00 : Members work to forge tools
  • 4:00 : Conclude/li>
Where :

Ziwa Forge
9510 FM 1489
Simonton, TX

A flyer with more directions is available to download at Handle It.


HABA Controlled Hand Forging at ABNC begins January 11, 2014


For 2014 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. Plese see our HABA Update #37 for details and handouts for the January 11 meeting.

To take participate in the meetings one must be a member of HABA which only costs $20.00 per year. This is to cover liability issues. 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 there 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 pmforging@gmail.com.

Schedule Saturday January 11:

  • 8 - 9 AM - setup
  • 9:00 AM - Work through the lesson for the day.
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Continue the lesson of the day or work on individual projects
  • 4 - 5 PM - tear down
Directions:

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.

General Meeting Information:

  • Safety glasses are a requirement! Hearing protection and gloves are recommended.
  • Bring a chair to sit in.
  • You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings! Bring a Guest!
  • Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Bring your Membership Dues if you want to swing a hammer and are not a current Member!
For more information email Pete Farrell at pmforging@gmail.com


HABA Update is a great email service to our members and friends

Board Member Pete Farrel is our Communications & Event Coordinator, and has been publishing a routine update by email to our members and interested friends called The HABA Update. This includes rpeorts of current and future activities of HABA and our regional friends.

Contact Pete at pmforging@gmail.comto be added to this distribution if you are not already receiving this.

A link to this Update and our Facebook page hosted by Dana Flanders is included in the link list on top left of our main page.


HABA Calendar for 2014 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 2014 meeting schedule and topics are announced on our HABA 2014 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 2013 is still available at HABA 2013. Each of these sites contain links to each summary, photos, and announcement page we published for your convenience.


Membership
Please Join and be a part of HABA today to receive the current Newsletter ! Contact Ed Malmgren (832-381-8155) for the latest information. To receive your Family Membership Card or to update your records please send Ed an email with a Membership Application.

Family Membership for are still only $20. Special offers are available for the 3 and 5 year Memberships. See the HABA Membership page and ask Ed about these for this year!

Thanks for your continued support!



HABA Events Calendar for 2014
Please visit our Calendar for details.



Notes about this Website

This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.

The use any of the material from this site is at your own risk. All persons associated with this material disclaim any responsibility or liability for damages or injuries resulting from the use or application of this information. They assume no responsibility or liability for the accuracy, fitness, proper design, safety or safe use of any information presented here.

The webmaker's speller-checker does not always work and your tolerance for those items not caught and fixed has been and will continue to be appreciated!

Please send all feedback/correction/omission/suggestions to your webfeller, Richard Boswell .
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