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October 3-5, 2008




We regret we have little choice but to CANCEL the Bob Alexander Demo at our Fall Forge Fest.

At this time we have canceled the formal event due to bad boy IKE the light weight hurricane. Some members may be found there having an informal weekend of forging, but no special arrangements will be provided. Call him Lite Hike if you will, but he has left a big mess behind that we are all working to cleanup and help our neighbors with.

So for now, we are planning to have Bob come back in the Spring for our Annual Blacksmith Round Up in Oldenburg. More news will follow soon.

Plan now to attend the HABA Blacksmith Round Up in Oldenburg first weekend of April. We will feature Bob Alexander from Desoto, Missouri as our day long demonstrator on Saturday April 3-5, 2009!

Bob is an instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School where he teaches Traditional Chest and Hardware and Flowers in Metal and assists Jerry Darnell in Colonial Lighting and Hardware. Bob also teaches regularly at New England School of Metalsmithing.

Bob opened a shop in 1995 offering clients work from colonial to contemporary. He has studied with Clay Spencer, Doug Hendrickson, Jerry Darnell, Tom Clark, Uri Hofi, Joe Miller, and other renowned smiths.

B Alexander Irises B Alexander Lamp

The ForgeFest abd Round-Up weekends gives Blacksmiths across Texas, Louisiana and all points from there an opportunity to gather for the day, work and show their wares during the Antique Show Weekend of Round Top at Oldenburg, TX. Five acres of land is available to blacksmiths, thanks to Kennie & Susan Hall, during the famous Round Top Antique Show. The Round Top, TX antique show expanded over the years to include the neighboring towns of Warrenton, Shelby, Oldenburg and a few other places in between. The show occurs in April and October each year.

Oldenburg is located about 90 miles northwest of Houston. During the weekend over 1,000 vendors sell and 200,000 buyers enjoy the shows, buy and drive the beautiful countryside.

The owner of the property has an interest in smithing and played in the Oldenburg blacksmith shop while growing up. The original site of the Oldenburg shop is just a few stone throws away from the five-acre site. The original Oldenburg shop is now operating again at the George Ranch Historical Park south of Houston.

Again, thanks to our gracious hosts are Kennie and Susan Hall; there is no cost for the general grounds. A hat is passed to defray the expenses for power, water and porta-jons. Camping is available on-site with a hot and cold running water shower!

Bauer at 237 Where & When:

October 3-5, 2008

The HABA event site in Oldenburg, TX is located at the intersection of Highway 237 and Bauer Road. The site is north of town on the East Side of highway 237. See the site layout below.


Friday: Setup & free style forging and demos

Saturday, October 4:

  • 7:30 am: Sign in
  • 8:00 am: Demonstration begins in the big shed
  • 12:00 noon: Break for lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Demonstration continues in the big shed
  • 5:00 pm: End program & begin free forging

Sunday: Free style forging & clean up

This is the general layout with the pavilion which can hold a dozen or two or more forge setups easily. Come early to reserve your spot.

Layout 2007

Please Join and be a part of HABA today! Call or email Ed Malmgren at 713-673-3286 for the latest information.

Oldenburg Oldenburg is located about 90 miles northwest of Houston. During the Antique weekend over 1,000 vendors sell and 200,000 buyers enjoy the shows, buy and drive the beautiful countryside.

Tools For Sale
There is usually the traditional tailgating tool sales with old anvils, vices, and tongs!

Camping - Friday - Sunday :

Camping available in the field behind demonstration area.
No charge to members, their families and their guests (donations will be collected to help with expenses)
Portable toilets, water and electricity are available

Sales Tents - Friday - Sunday:

Club Information and Fundraising Tables - Memberships and Handmade items donated by members for sale to the public

Memberís Sales - Opportunity to sell your excess tools (anvils, forges, and hand tools ), supplies, hand made items to other members or to the public.

Demonstrations Friday and All day Saturday, and Sunday if you want to. You are the demonstrator.

What to Bring

Chairs, canopys, tents, food and drink.

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

Bring your forge and tools if you have them.

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.


Hammerfest sign at Oldenburg Blacksmith's Fall Forge Fest is held in conjunction with the Round Top antique festival
Open to the public - at no charge for admission to the grounds
Place: Highway 237 and Bauer Rd. Ė Oldenburg, TX

  • To promote HABA and attract new members
  • To share basic blacksmith techniques with new club members
  • To provide blacksmith tools (anvils, forges, hand tools) for sale
  • To provide social opportunity to meet new members
  • To provide social opportunity to meet members of other blacksmith clubs
  • To raise funds for club through donated items from members

Some relevent on-line links for your viewing....

HABA Letter 40 HABA Letter 30 HABA Letter 21
HABA Spring 2003 Hammer Fest HABA Fall 2003 Hammer Fest HABA Spring 2004 Hammer Fest
HABA Fall 2004 Hammer Fest HABA Spring 2005 Hammer Fest HABA Fall ForgeFest 2005
Spring Blacksmith's Round-up 2006 Fall Blacksmith's Forge Fest 2006 Spring Blacksmith's Round-up 2007
Fall Blacksmith's Forge Fest 2007 Spring Blacksmith's Round-up 2008

Directions to Oldenburg

The Forge Fest site in Oldenburg, TX is located at the intersection of Highway 237 and Bauer Road. The site is on the north end of town on he East Side of Highway 237. Below is a classic map from one of the first events.

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