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To Preserve and Promote the Art and Craft of Blacksmithing Through Education.

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!



January 17, 2015
The Efficient Farriers Forging Techniques
and Bladesmithing Forging Demonstration
at
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.

Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM - Sign In and set-up
  • 8:30 AM - HABA meeting and announcements
  • 9:00 AM - Daniel discusses and demonstrates
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch at your option
  • 1:00 PM - Demonstrations continue
  • 4:00 PM - Close of meeting

Location:

Daniel Riffe's Forge
13521 Oakwood Drive
Needville, TX 77461

Directions:

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 pmforging@gmail.com.

Schedule:

  • 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 Farrell 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 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.


Membership
Please Join and be a part of HABA today to receive the current Newsletter ! Contact Pat Bossart (832-656-4836) for the latest information. To receive your Family Membership Card or to update your records please send Pat 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 Pat about these for this year!

Thanks for your continued support!



HABA Events Calendar for 2015
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, Pete Farrell.
Enjoy!


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