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July 19, 2014
Annual HABA Picnic at Magnolia Forge
The HABA July meeting will be our fourth annual Picnic at the Depot get together. Since July is always very hot instead of lighting fires for forging we light fires for BBQ and have cold drinks and food.
We will be having a potluck picnic lunch. The Magnolia Depot has made their outdoor pavilion available to us. It is covered and has electrical outlets. We will man the grill to cook up hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share with the group. Bring whatever you want to drink (soda, water, etc.).
The club will be providing the following food items:
Please bring additional food items that you would like to share with the group. A web page has been created that shows who is bringing which items. To add your name and item to the list please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, dish and phone number (the phone number will not be displayed on the web page). The page will then be updated each evening. We usually plan on there being between 20 and 30 people attending.
We are looking for items in the following categories but we welcome anything you think people would like:
Directions to HABA Magnolia Depot Shop
The Shop is located in the south corner of the yard for The Depot which is managed by the Magnolia Historical Society, Inc.
From Tomball head NW on TX-249 N/Tomball Pkwy for 5.3 mi. Continue onto Farm to Market Rd 1774 for 4.8 mi. When you arrive to Magnolia, turn right onto Buddy Riley Blvd at the stop light. Cross the RR track and take the 1st right onto Melton St. The Depot is next to the Community Center on this corner.
From Conroe or Spring on I-45 take FM 1488 west to Magnolia for 18 mi, and turn left on to Melton St. Proceed 0.3 mi to The Depot at Butler.
A flyer is available to download.
June 28, 2014
The HABA June meeting will be held at Newman's Castle in Bellville, TX. Our demonstrator will be Cowboy Szymanski (http://www.phenixknives.com) who will take us through creating a knife from a railroad spike. "The old world arts have always held a special appeal to me, with knives being the forerunner of my passion. I choose to utilize this time proven old world tradition to design and craft my knives, incorporating skills from the Orient as well as European and American techniques. - Cowboy Szymanski"
Schedule Saturday June 28:
A flyer with more directions is available to download.
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:
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).
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 email@example.com.
Schedule Saturday January 11:
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:
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.
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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.
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HABA Events Calendar for 2014
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ABANA Hammer's Blow
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ABANA Demonstrator Guideline
ABANA Controlled Hand Forging
Gulf Coast Blacksmith
Four States Iron Munchers
River Bluff Forge Council
Mississippi Forge Council
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
of Houston/Harris County
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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