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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!


January 17, 2004

18th Century Trade Knife Workshop
and Auction
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 suggested that each person should bring an old piece of saw blade/thin file or similar material and an odd piece of wood/bone/antler, then we would put together a trade knife style piece. As for sizes and shapes of the handle: a tapered piece, 1 1/4"hx3/4"w @ small end X 1 3/4"x 1"@ large end. Or any old broken hammer handles you have laying around the shop.

Oate's Trade Knife
Lee says "I'm figuring on a simple yet primitive looking trade knife. It can be cut from an old saw blade (I have several feet for use) or can be quick forged to shape from an old file, wagon rim, frying pan, etc. The handle will be made from an old hammer/axe handle, dried tree limbs, horn, bone, what have you, thats been broken & laying around in your shop/garages for the last upteen years. It will be attached by sloting it an inch - inch & a half, then sliding in the blade and riveting with two iron rivets ( # 8 nails). Simple & to the point, not cute or pretty or nice, just useable & sturdy."







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It is our tradition to have our Annual Fund Raising Auction at this meeting and we need you to provide and donate tools and stuff that we want to bid on. During the holidays you might crank up your forge and make something for us. And if Santa brings you a new anvil this will be the place to recycle your old one!

Here are some of the items we will have available :
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Trade Knife made and donated by Lee and Dave
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Demo tongs from Nov. Meeting made and donated by Dave Koenig
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Cablemascus opener made and donated by Mark Finstad
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Firepot made and donated by Mark Finstad
When & Where :

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!


The Auction

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....



Here are some photos from the event. Please click on a thumbnail to enlarge.


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Here are some photos from the Auction. Please click on a thumbnail to enlarge.


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