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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!

March 27, 2004

SPRING HAMMERFEST
at
Oldenburg

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This Spring we returned to our favorite Oldenburg site at HABA Lifetime Member Kenny Hall's place on Preview Weekend March 27, brought our forges and had a good time. In October we will feature a special demonstrator as we did last year, but this Spring we enjoyed a more casual, less effort required meet.

Our bi-annual Hammerfest event at Oldenburg was schedued for March 27. Click on the Poster by Frank Walters for the full image you can print and announce to your friends!

James Porter and Jim Wheeler discuss what big vices can do ... Blacksmiths across Texas, Louisiana and all points from there have an opportunity to gather for the day, work and show their wares the Preview weekend of Round Top in Oldenburg, TX. Five acres of land is being made available to blacksmiths 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.

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Everyone is invited to come to Oldenburg and demonstrate. Our gracious hosts are Kennie and Susan Hall. There is no cost. 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!

All Blacksmiths and friends and visitors are invited to sell, buy or just visit. Remember that this Hammerfest weekend is the same weekend as the Preview for Round Top Antique Show. Thousands of vendors and hundreds of thousands of buyers are roaming the countryside between Round Top, Warrenton, Oldenburg, Fayetteville and Shelby during this event.

When & Where :

The Hammerfest 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. See maps below.

Saturday March 27 :

The traditional schedule looks like this:

  • Friday 8:00 : Sign in and setup (tentative)


CAMPING - Friday - Sunday (tentative):

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 Fundraising Table - Handmade items donated by members for sale to the public
DEMONSTRATIONS - All day – Saturday

What to Bring

Chairs, canopys, tents.

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.


Please Join and be a part of HABA today to receive the current Newsletter ! Call James Porter at 281-337-5384 for the latest information.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Hammerfest is held in Spring and Fall in conjunction with the Round Top antique festival
Open to the public - at no charge for admission
Dates- Saturday March 27, 2004
Place: Highway 237 and Bauer Rd. – Oldenburg, TX

PURPOSE
    :
  • 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

This was a great event. Here are some photos from this blustery March event in 2004. Click on a thumbnail to view.


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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


Directions to Oldenburg

The Hammerfest 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.
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