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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!


April 3, 2004

Katy Folk Life Festival


Frank Walters at the Forge in Katy HABA was invited and participated in the 19th Annual Katy ISD Folklife Festival on Saturday April 3, featuring Frank Walters as the lead demonstrator in the red barn. He was assisted by Dave Koenig. James Porter and Richard Boswell brought their coal forges and setup in a special area behind the barn and demonstrated and met the expected 2500 people that usually attend the event. Several other HABA Members attended to greet the public which included many young school children and we generated great interest in the young and older.

HABA Memebers wewre requested to bring their coal forges and setup in a special area to demonstrate and meet the expected 2500 people that usually attend the event. Period costumes are not required, what presenters wear is their choice. If you have period clothing and choose to wear it that would be great.

HABA Members were invited to bring their coal forges (sorry, no gas for public safety) with your anvil, vice, and tools to show the public outside the barn what we do. Due to HABA structure as a Non-Profit, we will split into two camps: one representing HABA making stuff for HABA sales table, and the other for public sales (covered with your own insurance). Bring two tables if you want, one for both.

If you plan to demonstrate, please send me an email Richard Boswell or call (713-562-2043) to reserve your spot and get on the food list.

These photos were taken by Ray Wolman of the KFLF.....click to enlarge
Frank Walters Dave Koenig
James Porter Richard Boswell
Richard Boswell Richard Boswell

When & Where :

The Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center is a facility owned and operated by the Katy Independent School District. The OLC, as it is most often called, is located about 1/4 mile west of the Katy ISD Administration building at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas.

The Houston Chronicle supplement listing this annual event is on the web: www.houstonchronicle.com/bazaars.

Saturday, April 3

Here is the Agenda:

7:00    Sign In and Setup behind the Red Barn in Area 14 :

9:00    All vehicles to be cleared from the area

9:00    HABA Meeting

9:30    Begin Demo

11-12    Lunch available on site

1:00    Demos continue

5:00    Pack and clean up

What to Bring

Bring safety glasses with side shields. This is a requirement!

HABA Members are invited to bring their coal forges (sorry, no gas burners for public safety) with your anvil, vice, and tools to show the public outside the barn what we do. Due to HABA structure as a Non-Profit, we will split into two camps: one representing HABA making stuff for HABA sales table, and the other for public sales (covered with your own insurance).

You do not have to be a member to attend our meetings! Bring a Guest!

Bring your Membership Dues if you want to work at a forge and are not a current Member !

Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Here is a special invitation from Ray Wolman who is Instructional Officer for Katy Independent School District:

I am really excited to be able to include you and members of your organization in our annual Folk Life Festival. Also, I think the idea of having your organization have meetings in our barn and blacksmith shop is a really good idea. It’s the donation of the time, skills and resources of people like you and your members that have made this event possible and successful the past eighteen years. I am looking forward to including you and your group in the NINETEENTH ANNUAL KATY FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL which is planned for SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Katy ISD Kenneth D Welch Outdoor Learning Center in Katy, Texas.

The festival visitors always enjoy the blacksmith demonstrations. Since many of the visitors are young parents and children from suburban and urban environments, getting to see the blacksmith is a new and very special experience for them. Each year, McDonald’s restaurants provide lunch at no cost for festival presenters. I just need to know how many people in your group will be attending for lunch count.

I will be sending a reminder and other information in early March. I am looking forward to meeting you and your members. Hopefully you or members of your group will be able to come out before the festival to explore our facility. Please feel free to call or email at anytime.


Directions to Outdoor Learning Center

The Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center is a facility owned and operated by the Katy Independent School District. The OLC, as it is most often called, is located about 1/4 mile west of the Katy ISD Administration building at 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy, Texas.


Additional information may be found at these sites:



Here are a few of the photos taken at the festival. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge.

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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.

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