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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!


May 15, 2004

Damascus Billet Demo
with Mitch Wilkins


P5010002b.jpg Conroe knife maker and jeweler Mitch Wilkins will demo how he makes damascus billets for his knives at Robert Killbuck's shop in Magnolia on Saturday May 15. Robert has a newly painted 50 Lb power hammer that he has been renovating and is eager to put it to work. He invited his friend Mitch Wilkins to show us how to do this. Mitch will also work on the anvil and treadle hammer.

We will have special billet kits for sale which include a combination of 1084 and 15N20 steel, a rebar handle, and a bag of flux material.

Mitch prepared a page of Demo Notes for us which you can download in advance. Please see photos below of the two different knives made. The damascus blade will be auctioned at a future meeting.

F002.jpg While the billet is heating in the forge, Mitch will demo various knife forging and shaping techniques.

When the billet is finished Mitch will continue with completing the knife.

Bring your coal or gas forge and anvil and you can work on your billet while Mitch can help out. He has a hand-held thermocouple unit to check the forge temperature. This is a HABA meeting you do not want to miss!

A special fund raising auction will be held at noon as we feast on Killbuck BBQ Brisket, and we want you to bring an item to donate to the auction. We will feature several pieces Bill Epps made earlier this year.

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If you plan to attend, please send me an email Richard Boswell to help us plan the food list (small donation required).

When & Where :

Saturday, May 15

10727 Crestwater Circle in Magnolia

Here is the Agenda:

8:00    Sign In and Setup :

9:00    HABA Meeting

9:30    Begin Demo

Noon    Lunch available on site

Noon Thirty    Special Auction

1:00    Demos continue

5:00 or later   Pack and clean up


More info can be found at these web sites :



Want to learn more about old and modern damascus? Try these sites :

Ancient Damascus
Steel Blades


Pattern Welding
Bladesmithing in Iron Age Europe


Wootz Steel (True Damascus)

Make Damascus Steel

Don Fogg Damascus

Jim Hrisoulas Pattern-Welded
and Cable Blades


Lively Knives

Cashen Blades

Hossom Knives

Wootz

Furrer Wootz

Crucible Damascus Steel



What to Bring

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

Bring a chair to sit in.

HABA Members are invited to bring their forges with your anvil, vice, and tools to work on projects.

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.


Here are some photos from the demo. Click to enlarge....


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Notes about this Website

This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.

The use any of the material from this site is at your own risk. All persons associated with this material disclaim any responsibility or liability for damages or injuries resulting from the use or application of this information. They assume no responsibility or liability for the accuracy, fitness, proper design, safety or safe use of any information presented here.

Please send all feedback/correction/omission/suggestions to your webmaster, Richard Boswell .
Enjoy!


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