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February 21 & 22, 2004
Forging A Head
Workshop and Demo with
at C&S Forge Shop
Animal heads have been a favorite of blacksmiths for centuries, and they are found in many applications such as architectural, jewelery, knife pommels, and canes. They can be large or small, realistic, humorous, or fantasy creations. In all cases they are art and it takes skill and practice to render the metal alive.
Bill Epps is a well known Texas blacksmith to say the least. You can find a large amount of educational how-to instruction at Anvilfire's iForge (see links below), and he is featured on at least four commercial video tapes he has published. Bill has been the resident blacksmith at the local Houston Ren Fest in Plantersville since it's begining a long time ago and you may have visited with him and his wife there and not realized his international status as he is a delightful conversationalist. Bill is a non stop teacher and he likes to help you learn the craft, so be prepared..
HABA is pleased to announce that the workshop has been extended to a second day! You can park your forge ovenight in the shop, and have a second day at it with Bill working us through more techniques. Another special feature of this workshop: Bill is bringing his No. 5 Fly Press to work with also! And please note: there is no charge for attending but you must be a current HABA Member to work at a forge.
Charles and Sharon Heathcock will host the meeting at one of HABA's favorite shops, and you will enjoy the drive out to visit them in Dobin, just north-east of Magnolia.
When & Where :
C&S Forge in Dobin, directions provided below.
Saturday, February 21
Here is the Agenda:
8:00 Sign In and Set Up :
9:00 HABA Meeting
9:30 Begin Demo and Workshop
Noon Lunch Break : We will try to have taco soup available there for $3.00
1:00 Participants will continue to make heads
4:00 Auction of items made during the day
5:00 Pack and Clean Up
Day 2 begins at 9 am Sunday
3:00 Pack and Clean Up
What to Bring
Bring safety glasses with side shields. This is a requirement!
Bring your coal or gas forge and tools if you have them.
Bring a chair in case you have time to take a break.
Materials recommended per person:
Day 1&2 : Heads and critters (ducks, swans, horse head, longhorn, ram head, humming bird, etc)
Day 2 : tongs
- 5/8 x 5/8 x 18"
- 1/2 x 1/2 x 18"
- 3/8 x 3/8 x 18"
- 1/4 x 1/4 x 18"
- 2x2 x 1/8 x 4" Angle
- 1/2 x 1 x 18"
- 1/2 x 1/2 x ? for tong jaws
- pair of 3/8 rods for tong reins
HABA intends to have these materials available as kits for the attendees for $10 per kit. Bring your own if you can!
If you do not have a forge and tools, please come anyway. There will be plenty of room at some forge during the workshop and someone to lend you a hand if you need it.
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.
Please take a look around and see what you can donate to this.
Directions to C&S Forge
From the North side of Houston, go North on Interstate 45 to Conroe. At Conroe go West on state highway 105 about 20 miles. You will go by Lake Conroe and the town of Montgomery. About five miles West of Montgomery you will come to the town of Dobbin. There is not much to see in Dobbin so you need to pay attention about now.
There will be a caution light. Slow down and continue through the caution light on 105. You will be making a left hand turn. Continue up the hill past the caution light to Mount Mariah Road. Turn left on Mount Mariah and go south. C&S Forge will be at the second drive on your left.
From the West Side of Houston, go Northwest on state highway 249 (which turns into FM 1774) through Tomball, Decker Prairie and Pinehurst to Magnolia. FM 1774 will “T” into FM 1488 in downtown Magnolia. Go right at the ‘T’ across the tracks and turn immediately to the left and continue Northwest on 1774.
Continue Northwest on 1774 two miles or so to FM1486. Turn right on FM 1486 and go North about twelve miles to 105. Turn left on 105 and go towards the top of the hill. Make a left turn on Mount Mariah Road. The C&S Forge will be at the second drive on the left.
More information on Forging A Head is available at these sites....
Here is a collection of photos fro the two day event. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge.
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