15014 Turkey Trail Ct.
Houston, TX 77079



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!

HABA Board and Board Minutes

HABA Annual Board Meeting was April 26, 2016

Our Annual Board Meeting with Officer Elections was Tuesday April 26, 2016 via conference call.

Officer elections were held. Please welcome our continuing Executive Committee! If you have been attending our monthly meetings and Board meetings, you should know these people well and we look forward to another great year of HABA growth and service.

President: Dana Flanders
Vice President: Pete Farrell
Secretary: Bill Price
Treasurer: Pat Bossart

2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors

The HABA Letter
Editor Emeritus

HABA Web Site


  • Bob Collier
  • Dave Koenig
  • Frank Walters
  • Kennie Hall (deceased)
Previous Board Members

  • Larry Newburn
  • Larry Hoff
  • Lee Oates
  • Frank Walters
  • James Porter
  • Cathy Porter
  • Mark Finstad
  • Steve Arial
  • Pierre Coppola
  • Dave Koenig, Past President
  • Les Cook, Past President
  • Tee Hines, Past President
  • Russell Parrish, Past President
  • Richard Boswell, Past President
Advisory Board Members

  • Jerry Baker
  • Gary Evensen
  • Rob Kirby
  • E.J. McCann
  • Frank Walters
  • Christian Darce
  • Calvin Cobb
  • Ed Malmgren
  • Chris Riffe

HABA Board Meeting Minutes
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  • HABA By-Laws

  • February 21, 2006
  • August 22, 2006

  • January 29, 2007
  • June 13, 2007
  • September 05, 2007
  • November 26, 2007

  • February 11, 2008
  • May 07, 2008
  • Aug 05, 2008
  • Oct 23, 2008

  • February 05, 2009
  • July 14, 2009

  • January 11, 2010
  • February 01, 2010
  • April 05, 2010
  • June 14, 2010
  • September 27, 2010
  • November 29, 2010

  • February 08, 2011
  • May 10, 2011
  • August 09, 2011
  • November 08, 2011

  • February 21, 2012
  • May 08, 2012
  • August 21, 2012

  • February 12, 2013
  • May 12, 2013
  • August 17, 2013

  • March 11, 2014
  • May 5, 2014
  • August 11, 2014

  • February 11, 2015
  • May 6, 2015
  • May 28, 2015
  • June 15, 2015.
  • June 25, 2015

  • January 7, 2016
  • April 26, 2016

  • Generic Meeting Sign-In/Release Sheet 2011

  • HABA Strategic Planning and Objectives

    At the Feb 9, 2011 Board Meeting, Dana Flanders presented his report with the Board's encouragement and input for Strategic Planning and Objectives that can be used as as guiding metric for the activities we support and are engaged in. This was approved unaminously by the Board and is presented here.

    Houston Area Blacksmiths Association
    Strategy Summary


    We are the premier resource in the Houston area for information and hands-on experience in the art and craft of blacksmithing.


    Preserve and promote the art and craft of blacksmithing.


    Integrity (uprightness, honesty, sincerity)

    Commitment (dedication, perseverance, involvement)

    Fellowship (mutual association on equal and friendly terms)

    Generosity (willing to give or share, unselfish)

    Craftsmanship (mastery of a skill, art, manual labor)

    Service (helpful, beneficial, or friendly actions for others)


    1. Increase public awareness and appreciation of blacksmithing

    2. Attract and retain new members

    3. Improve the depth and breadth of members’ skills

    4. Expand members’ access to resources (facilities, tools, coal, etc.)

    5. Broaden members’ commitment and participation

    6. Interact with similar regional and national organizations

    7. Build and maintain an accessible information / knowledge base

    8. Contribute to the communities in which we live

    9. Effectively administer the legal and financial responsibilities of the organization to ensure its sustainability

    Tee Hines and HABA at Bayou Art Fest 2007

    Founding Board
    Richard and Hammer Richard's Hammer HABA anvil
    Russel and Locke Parrish Bob Hensley Russell Parrish
      HABA Texas anvil  

    HABA is organized exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes as defined in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. These activities will include, but are not be limited to:

    A. Becoming the premier resource for information and hands-on experience for people who seek information about the art and craft of ornamental blacksmithing. Ornamental blacksmithing refers to the hot forming and fabrication of metals for architectural and utilitarian purposes.

    B. Seeking out and sharing for the purpose of preserving the aesthetic and technical skills related to art and craft of ornamental blacksmithing.

    C. Conducting regular meetings, and special workshops for people to experience ornamental blacksmithing by seeing, hearing and feeling how ornamental blacksmithing is done.

    D. Demonstrating the art and craft of ornamental blacksmithing for the public at venues like state and county parks, schools, museums, and local festivals.

    E. Creating and sharing written and electronic information about the art and craft of ornamental blacksmithing.

    F. Performing pro bono ornamental blacksmithing for other nonprofit organizations, public agencies and institutions.

    Notes about this Website

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

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    Last updates were on October 14, 2012

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