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May 15, 2010

Forging Hardware


Tee Hines
at Bucksnort Forge
in Magnolia

In May we are going to Tee Hines shop in Magnolia to try our hand at forging hardware. Tee plans on demonstrating several pieces of hardware along with forge welding strap hinges.

This is a “Hammer-In” so bring your forges.

We are going to start with a door hook & staple. Then forge a door stop. And finish with a hinge. Hook and Staple
Doorstop Strap Hinge

Photos by Dave Koenig are posted on our Flickr site at HABA Hardware.

PLEASE NOTE: As is the custom at most workshops, sharing tools is common. Please remember to do a couple of things if you borrow a tool. One, remember from whom you borrowed a tool and make sure you return it by telling that person you are returning it. Two, make sure you look over your tools before you depart to make sure you have only what you came with...nothing missing and nothing extra. It takes more effort to return or find a tool than to double check before leaving the meeting!

Caution! If you forge weld, pay attention to those around you. Sparks will fly as flux is forced from between the pieces you weld. Wear an apron. You can burn holes in your shirt or someone else’s. Remember, flux is around 2400 degrees and molten when you strike a forge weld.

When & Where :

Saturday, May 15 :

The schedule looks like this for Saturday morning:

  • 8:00 am : Sign in and setup
  • 8:30 am : HABA Meeting and Announcements
  • 9:00 am : Begin Demo
  • 9:00 am : Begin Workshop
  • 12 pm : Break for Lunch
  • 1 pm : Continue Workshop
  • - pm : Conclude before dark

Where :

Bucksnort Forge Tee Hines's Bucksnort Forge
21803 Ann Circle, Magnolia, Texas

Directions to Bucksnort Forge

From Houston:

Take Hwy 290 west passed Barker Cypress to Mueschke Road. Turn right. Go to FM 2920. Turn left. Go about 2 miles to the stop light at Roberts Cemetery Road. Turn right. Go about 1 ˝ miles to Glenmont Estates. There is a redwood subdivision monument on the corner. Turn right. Go to the stop sign and turn left. You’re still on Glenmont Estates. 1st street to the left is Ann Circle. Turn left. This is a blind intersection BE CAREFUL when you turn! 1st house on the left.

Or if you are Coming from Tomball:

Take FM 2920 from Tomball (west) to Roberts Cemetery Road. Turn right and follow instructions above.

What to Bring

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

Bring your anvil, hammer, tongs, coal forges and vice. A number of forges will be available to share. Gas is ok. Bring your fuel.

Plan to bring a lunch or eat at a local restaurant.

Bring a chair to sit in.

HABA will have a limited supply of material available. Please bring your own if you have another project in mind.

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.

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Last updates were on April 18, 2010

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