18th Century Trade Knife Workshop
at Bearclaw Knife Shop
In January we had our annual Knife Workshop at Lee Oates' Bearclaw Shop in La Porte. This year we featured simple 18th Century (1700's) Trade Knives and had a good time.
Lee's new shop at 215 Utah in La Porte, directions provided below
Saturday January 17 :
8:00 Sign In and Set Up :
9:00 Program : Lee will demonstrate the steps in making a Trade Knife.
Noon Lunch Break : taco soup will be available there for $3.00
Noon Thirty Auction of tools, materials, and special donated items
1:00 Participants will make blades. Lee is also planning on having some other bladesmiths there to help him guide us through this workshop.
What to Bring
Bring safety glasses with side shields. This is a requirement!
Bring your forge and tools if you have them. This workshop will not require one though.
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!
This meeting is also HABA’s annual fund raising auction. This year there will be some pretty nice pieces on the auction block.
Please take a look around and see what you can donate to this auction.
Lee Oates of Bearclaw Knives graciously accepted HABA’s fifth invitation to conduct another one day knife making workshop. This year the workshop will take place at Lee’s new shop in La Porte, TX. Directions to his shop are below.
Lee began putting knife kits together in 1985 and continued to read and study to learn more about knife making. After a course in bladesmithing in 1989, he began forging his own blades. In 1994 he went into custom knife forging and heat treating full-time.
Directions to Lee’s Shop
From the East 610 loop travel east on Hwy 225 until you get to Hwy 146. Turn south on 146 and go to Spencer Hwy/Main St. Exit in La Porte. Turn left on Main Street. and go east on Main passing the downtown area, (several traffic lights). About two blocks past the downtown area, there is a large old antique shop on the left (…used to be an old feed store). The next street is UTAH. Turn left and go to the barricades. HABA signs will be up at the turn on Utah Street. Just follow the signs to the shop.
More information on Trade Knives is available at these links....
Notes about this Website This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.
This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.
ABANA Hammer's Blow
ABANA Anvil's Ring
ABANA Demonstrator Guideline
Gulf Coast Blacksmith's
Four States Iron Munchers
River Bluff Forge Council
Mississippi Forge Council
Alabama Forge Council
Florida Artist Blacksmith Association
North Carolina ABANA
Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild
Appalachian Area Chapter of ABANA
National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association
American Bladesmith Society
The Guild of Metalsmiths
Forge and Anvil
LAMA Electric Welding
The Blacksmith Anvil
Romancing the Hammer
What is blacksmithing...
Topp Wrought Info
Men and Women of Iron