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HABA Meetings Archive for 2007

December, 2007

Happy Hammer Holidays


HABA Members have been blessed with another great year of demonstrations and activity that gives us an exciting start towards a New Year.

Franks Anvil HABA Wreath Once again as this year packs up, we can step back and see it has been busy, fun, and full of opportunity. For this we are grateful to the many HABA volunteers and participants who have kept the flag held high. Now is a good time to look over the pages of this website you may not have visited lately. Now is also a good time to suggest what you would like to see HABA do in 2008. We are laying out plans now.

In January we will have the Big Annual Auction and Knifemaking Workshop at Cowboy's in Bellville. Gather up tools and stuff, and make something special that can be donated.

In February we will feature bowls and vessel making at Ed Malmgen's shop to support the Empty Bowls Initiative. More News will be posted shortly.

As you do the seasonal shopping, please give a look at our HABA Sponsors page and tell them you saw their link here and appreciate their donated support for our Auctions.

Come back often this month as the new web pages will become active and the Calendar updated. Download the preliminary version of our calendar (pdf) at HABA 2008.

We've had a really good year. Let's do it again. Until then, have a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season!


Annual Knife Making Work Shop and Auction - January 19, 2008

It will soon be a new year, so it must be time to make a new knife at our annual Knife Workshop, and to donate and bid at our Annual Fund Raising Auction. This year's workshop is again hosted by Cowboy Szymanski of Phenix Knives at his shop in Bellville, Texas.

This year we feature the Camp Hawk Hatchet with a few new features. Our web page is at HABA Camp Hawks for more information and links.


Candle Holders for the Season - Hammer-In was November 17

three legged candleholder The November HABA meeting was all about applying some of the things learned during the year like, forming sheetmetal, rivet joining and drawing out. The project for November is forging a three legged candleholder. This is a fun and challenging project. Dave Koenig hosted us at his Tudor Forge in Magnolia on Saturday November 17.

Our web page is posted with 4 pages of photos at Candle Stick Holder Project, and has a special How-To Make It PDF download for you.


Armand Bayou Nature Center Martyn Farm Fall Festival is November 10-11

Armand Bayou Nature Center’s (ABNC) Martyn Farm Fall Festival celebrates a period of Texas history some refer to as “the good ole days”. This Festival shares a glimpse of life on the Texas Gulf Coast year during the late 1800s to early 1900s. Fall Festival will recreate the sights, sounds and color of 1900’s Texas Gulf Coast farm life with music, food, arts and crafts, farm animals, wagon rides, canoeing and games common during the 1900s.

HABA will be demonstrating at the ABNC Farm on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (setup at 8 a.m.) Les Cook is our crew chief and welcomes you to stop by and visit or help out. Any one interested can email or call him at H-281-481-2457 or C-281-450-6441.

Photos and report are posted on the web page HABA at ABNC.


“Smithing in Texas” at Barrington Living History Farm

HABA Cultivator at Barrington Farm On October 27 and 28, Barrington Living History Farm invited HABA members to the farm for a magnificent weekend of forging. Several years ago the farm asked HABA to consider building a steel harrow the team of oxen can pull to till the garden. In the past, several HABA members showed up to make or repair whatever was needed. It is always an enjoyable weekend for the members and the public who stop by to see what is being built.

On Saturday Tee Hines, Dave Koenig, Richard Boswell, Russell Parrish, Ed Malmgren, and Christian Darce were the demo team. On Sunday Richard and Tee welcomed Steve Arial to the barn to meet and show the many visitors what this art/craft is about today and yesterday. The Full Harvest Moon and magnificent weather added to the ambiance in a magnificent manner.

HABA extends a warm and special thanks to the Farm staff and Mark Sanders for their hospitality and appreciation of the tools we can make for them.

More information with three pages of color photos is available on our page HABA Smithing in Texas 2007.

Christian Darce recorded some comments by the smiths who were there to demo and he prepared a dowload with audio and images for your viewing pleasure. Please click HABA at Barrington and stay tuned for future enhancements such as this.


Fall Forge Fest in Oldenburg, Texas

Harvey and Rudy The Fall Forgefest was a special day to remember, with over 14 active forges and many, many participants young and older, novice and experienced. More will be published soon.

Our Training Progression will begin with a dedicated instruction and hands on program at our Fall ForgeFest in Oldenburg on Oct 6.

The full agenda is on our meeting page ForgeFest 2007 You may down load a summary (pdf) by clicking FF 2007. The event will begin on Friday with setting up and free forging. Saturday will begin early at 8 am, with 5 specific sessions focused on the basic techniques of blacksmithing. The theme will change at 3 pm to free forging to allow participants to create works combining the basic skills. Sunday is free forging and cleanup. Each specific one hour session during the day will include 15 minutes of demo and 45 minutes of participant hands-on practice with instructor assistance.

This is a terrific opportunity for newcomers to learn some basic skills, and for oldcomers to practice the basics for teaching the rest of us.

Regardless of your present skill level, we need you there and invite all regional smiths to attend and help out!

We have a dozen pages of photos from the event to share with you. Click ForgeFest 2007 for more information and the links to a dozen pages.




Forging Horseshoes with Charlie Williamson in Navasota

Willamson Shoes Do people say, “Oh? You shoe horses?” when you tell them you are a Blacksmith? Then you explain to them you don’t shoe horses. Classic.....

Here’s your chance to say “I don’t shoe horses but I can make a horseshoe”.

Our September 15 ‘HABA’ meeting was at Charlie & Julie Williamson’s ranch just outside of Navasota.

Charlie started his career is a professional Farrier in 1973. After completing a 10 week Farrier school, Charlie went to work as an apprentice for a well established Farrier, for free. In other words with no pay! Today, he has a large clientele, some of who have flown him to other countries just to care for their horse’s feet.

Charlie showed us how to forge a couple of different kinds of horseshoes: a ‘Stamped or Cowboy’ shoe & a ‘Creased’ shoe. In addition, he provided a ‘Live’ demonstration of how to properly trim and shoe a horse’s hoofs.

Please visit our meeting site Shoe Horses for more information and photos.




HABA Board Meeting was September 5

Our recent Board Meeting was Wednesday September 5 at 6:00 pm until 9 pm at Stress Engineering Services. In addition to the normal ‘Reading of the Minutes and Financial Report’, there were two primary items we addressed:

Officer election results for 2007-2008:

  • President - Tee Hines
  • Vice President - Russell Parrish
  • Secretary - Richard Boswell
  • Treasurer - Ed Malmgren
Congratulations to each of these people, with a big thank you for keeping HABA rolling as an active non-profit, volunteer organization!




Joinery Workshop Hammer-In on August 25

There are a lot of different types of joinery. Forge welding, rivets, collars, mortise & tenon, pierced joinery and hot wrapping to name a few.

This month HABA is headed to Armand Bayou (a Non-Profit Organization) for a hands on ‘Hammer- In’. Dave Koenig, Tee Hines and Les Cook will demonstrate a few of the many different types of structural and decorative “Joinery”.

HABA demonstrators will discuss and show various stanadard methods of joining metal for decorative and structural purposes. Bring examples if you have some! Bring your forge and and tools, but mostly bring yourself and tell your friends to meet us there.

This is scheduled to be held near NASA south of Houston at the Armand Bayou Nautre Center. More information is available at our meeting web page Bayou Joinery .


Decorating and making Bi-Metallic Bowls featured Dave Koenig on July 21

Bi-metallic bowl by Dave Koenig Dave Koenig continues to develop his skill at bowl making which he will share with us at a hands-on demo and workshop at his Tudor Forge in Magnolia. Dave was recently featured in ABANA's Hammers Blow publication with the instructional handout he provided for our Feburary meeting Bowling with the Smiths. Click Raising a Bowl, Raising Awareness for a reprint.

More news is found on our meeting web page Bi-Metallic Hammer-In .

Dave Koenig was the featured demonstrator at the Balcones Forge Summer Demo hosted by John Crouchet at his shop near Marble Falls on July 28. Over 50 smiths attended from all over Texas and were welcomed with great hospitality to a uniquely green Hill Country vista. A short summary of the meeting photos is provided on our Dave at Balcones page.


HABA Main Page is now Archived

Our main page of announcements is now archived at Meetings 2007 First Half where you can find the summary and links for all of our meetings from January through June this year.


June Meeting was a Great Pair of Indoor Presentations

Our June 23 meeting was indoors, out of the heat and rain, and of great interest to many smiths who love history. The meeting was at the Heights Library in Houston, and featured presentations from David Furlow and Don Minzenmayer.

David discussed the Iron Age Weapon Technology and the Briton revolt against the Romans led by Queen Bouticca in the first century A.D. He and his wife have had a keen interest in these topics since their early Law School days at King's College in England.

Don discussed his upcoming book on the early technology and application of Historic Bit Rings for horses in early Texas from the days of the Conquisitidors through Pancho Villa.

Our web page Bits and Iron Age History contains the meeting details and photos.


HABA Annual Board Meeting was June 23

Our Annual HABA Board Meeting was Saturday June 23 following our monthly meeting. We welcome Russell Parrish to our Board to fill the term of Mark Finstad who is on the move to another state. All other Board Members and Officers will continue to serve our non-profit organization. Minutes will be posted soon.

Please contact our President Tee Hines if you have suggestions or business for The Board to include on the next agenda.


HABA Training Progression
One of the most important tools provided by HABA to the Membership is education, and this is offered in an organized structure within the HABA Training Progression. Steve Arial has volunteered to Chair the committee overseeing this program and welcomes your participation. The document has been revised to print easily and is presently in review for updating by the HABA Board. You may download the current Draft Version and use this to guide your activities and set your goals for the next year. Select either TP-Word or TP-pdf for downloading.

The Progression is defined as four levels commonly recognized within the art:
  • I. Introduction
  • II. Basic
  • III. Intermediate
  • IV. Advanced

At the conclusion of each phase is a signature block for a designated HABA reviewer and date. When the Progression is complete, the HABA President will sign and date the document, and arrange for appropriate recognition of the Member.


HABA Calendar for 2007 is Online

It's the annual clean-up and revise season here in the web shop. If something seems put away too good please let your web feller know. Last year's meeting schedule and topics have been archived on our HABA 2006 Calendar page. The 2007 meeting schedule and topics are announced on our HABA 2007 Calendar page which will be updated as often as possible. We hope you can attend and contribute to each meeting demonstration.

This front page of meetings announcement was trimmed back in December, and the complete listing for all of 2006 is still available at HABA 2006. Each of these sites contain links to each summary, photos, and announcement page we published for your convenience.


June 23, 2007

Ring Bits and Iron Age History with

David Furlow and Don Minzenmayer


Our June meeting will be indoors, out of the heat, and of great interest to many smiths who love history. The meeting will be at the Heights Library in Houston, and will feature presentations from David Furlow and Don Minzenmayer.

David will discuss the Iron Age Weapon Technology and the Briton revolt against the Romans led by Queen Bouticca in the first century A.D. Don will discuss his upcoming book on the early technology and application of Bit Rings for horses in early Texas.

Our web page Bits and Iron Age History contains the meeting details.


HABA Annual Board Meeting scheduled for June 23

Our Annual Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 23 at 3:00 pm until 6 pm in the Conference Room at Heights Library located at 1302 Heights Blvd (at 13th St) in Houston following our monthly meeting. Please contact Tee Hines if you have suggestions or business for The Board to include on the agenda. All Board Members and the Advisory Committee are requested to attend. All Members are invited to attend.


HABA Training Progression
One of the most important tools provided by HABA to the Membership is education, and this is offered in an organized structure within the HABA Training Progression. Steve Arial has volunteered to Chair the committee overseeing this program and welcomes your participation. The document has been revised to print easily and is presently in review for updating by the HABA Board. You may download the current Draft Version and use this to guide your activities and set your goals for the next year. Select either TP-Word or TP-pdf for downloading.

The Progression is defined as four levels commonly recognized within the art:
  • I. Introduction
  • II. Basic
  • III. Intermediate
  • IV. Advanced

At the conclusion of each phase is a signature block for a designated HABA reviewer and date. When the Progression is complete, the HABA President will sign and date the document, and arrange for appropriate recognition of the Member.


HABA Forged Heads at Bucksnort May 19

Tee_Heads.jpg March and April was a very busy time in the region, and especially with HABA which plowed full speed through both months with Tee Hines at the head ot the team! The season may have concluded with Depot Day in Magnolia on April 21. Next, we will headed out to Tee Hine's wonderful country home and forge shop for a demo in his own backyard in Magnolia to forge a couple of kinds of animal heads!

Many new and seasoned Members attended this hammer-in on a beautiful late Spring day. Find all the info on our web page at Tee Heads at Bucksnort .


HABA Rings a Salute

This past month our blacksmith community is smaller and we salute the passing of a Texan and one who influenced many Texans. It is customary to ring an anvil when one of our smiths is no longer with us

Jim Galish of San Antonio passed away April 19. Jim has been a long time member of Balcones and was very knowledgeable about blacksmithing. He liked knife-making and his work was excellent.

Recently on May 5, long time ABANA member and former ABANA Board Member, Doug Hendrickson (Dr. IRON) succumbed to his ALS ( Lou Gehrig"s Disease ) and passed away. He Will be missed by all his friends and the ABANA community. Dave Koenig said that Doug was "my mentor in all things smithing..... There are not many people in the ABANA community who do not know Doug." Dave then wrote some of his special memories which you can download at Dave's tribute to Doug , and other notes from friends may be found at the blog http://driron.blogspot.com/.


June Meeting will be Indoor Presentations

Our June 23 meeting will be indoors, out of the heat, and of great interest to many smiths who love history. The meeting will be at the Heights Library in Houston, and will feature presentations from David Furlow and Don Minzenmayer.

David will discuss the Iron Age Weapon Technology and the Briton revolt against the Romans led by Queen Bouticca in the first century A.D. Don will discuss his upcoming book on the early technology and application of Bit Rings for horses in early Texas.

Our web page Bits and Iron Age History contains the meeting details.


HABA provided demo to Magnolia's Depot Day April 21

Magnolia Depot Day 2007 Magnolia's Depot Day was bigger than ever, and the day was Texas beautiful for forging. Tee Hines and Richard Boswell brought their forges and were assisted by Lawrence Childress as visitors steadily streamed by the site next to the Depot and Caboose all day. Many came and stayed specifically to watch and learn what blacksmithing was about, and to tell stories and share memories of their Grand Dad's and even Great Grand Dad's forge shop.


HABA's Spring Blacksmith Roundup was a Special April 6 and 7

Our Spring Blacksmith RoundUp at Oldenburg was focused on Friday and Saturday this year. Download the pre-event info at Round-Up 2007 and the updates will be posted shortly. This was Special because of the Easter weekend, and because the artic blast and cold spring showers did not put our fires out and we forged overtime! Photos and summary are posted at Chilly RoundUp 2007.


Katy Folklife Festival was March 31

HABA was represented at the Katy Folklife Festival by Tee Hines who shared the Red Barn Forge with Larry Newburn (a HABA founding smith). More news will be posted soon!


HABA visits St. John's School again on March 30

HABA was invited again this year to demonstrate the craft of ‘Blacksmithing’ during Colonial Day at St. John’s School in Houston.

Tee Hines volunteered to demonstrate and had a great day with 60 of St. John’s forth grade students and their teachers. The students, who had been studying Colonial times, were well versed on blacksmithing. They knew how important the blacksmith was to the survival of the community during Colonial times and realized that without the blacksmith no other craft could exist.

Thank you, Sarah Ralph for the invitation to demonstrate for the students. And thank you, Allison Strawn for coordination with Tee and making his visit so enjoyable.


Bayou City Art Festival was March 23-25

HABA was invited to demonstrate at the famous Bayou City Art Festival, under the umbrella of the Houston Arts Alliance. The festival includes over 300 jurried artists in 16 differernt categories, selected from 800 entries.

As part of the festival, HAA organized a section of the festival where craftspeple will demonstrate their craft....no selling...just demonstrating. All sales at the festival are part of a jurried show only. The festival takes place in Memorial Park in the spring and downtown in the fall.

HABA demonstrated for the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to show everyone how art is made, and how craftmanship is done. Please see our pages with photos at HABA on the Bayou Art Fest.


Belt Buckle Hammer-In was March 17

HABA Belt Buckle The Belt Buckle Hammer-In at Dave Koenig's in Magnolia brought out many old and new friends to forge up useful buckles from a piece of sheet metal. The proposed design was an anvil and several other designs were also made. The summary and photos are posted on the web page to remind us of a beautiful Spring day in the Texas woods.


Texas Independence Day at Barrington Living History Farm was March 3-4

As part of the Texas Independence Day Festivities at the site of the home of the last President of Texas, HABA provided demonstrators at the barn on both Saturday and Sunday.

The blustery weekend demo was staffed by Tee Hines on Saturday, and Dave Koenig joined Tee on Sunday. Fred Titera brought his forge and was there both days as well. Approximately 2000 visitors came through the farm and most of them stopped at the barn to visit with the Blacksmiths. We made trivets for the farm kithen, and made nails, leaves, hooks, and more all day long for the visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Russell and Locke Parrish, and Dan Halpin helped out and several other HABA Members stopped in to visit. The Springtime weather was magnificent and the wind blew hard all day. See our summary and photos at Texas Independence Day Demo.


Prez Sez Thanks for Winter 2006

Our HABA President Tee Hines updated the Prez Sez for the Winter of 2006 with a message of thanks and invitations to come out to a meeting and enjoy this special industrial art and craft opportunity available because of your active support.


Bowling with the Smiths was February 17

In February we featured bowls and vessel making at Ed Malmgren's shop in Houston to support the Empty Bowls Initiative. More News and useful links are posted at our page Bowling with the Smiths, and photos will be posted soon. This was similar to our demo last year on vessel making except the weather was excellent and everyone stayed to each make several bowls at the forges.

Please Join Local Artists and Craftspeople for Houston’s Third Annual Empty Bowls Event March 3, 2007.

The Empty Bowls Initiative is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. The Houston Empty Bowls Committee along with the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft are seeking contributions of handmade bowls and artworks from local artists and craftspeople.

HABA Empty Bowls Seven of the 15 or 20 people who worked on or completed a vessel at the February HABA meeting donated one for Empty Bowls. The meeting was a huge success because so many people worked long and hard on at least one vessel. Some made more than one. Dave Koenig plans to take he donated vessel to the Craft Center next week. Vessels can be donated up to the time of the big event on March 3. So, if your are finishing a vessel at home and would like to donate it to Empty Bowls, please take it to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft at 4848 Main Street or get it to Dave before the 26th.


A Special History Note

'Tis the season to Remember The Alamo and what people did there during the years leading up to the harsh winter of 1836.

As New Spain was developed, the blacksmith was here. One of the early smiths was Juan Banul who was working in San Antonio de Béxar by 1719. According to a Belgian-Texas history site, "Banul accompanied the Marqués de Aguayo to East Texas on an expedition to build missions and presidios and stayed until 1723. Back in San Antonio, he did much of the ironwork at the missions of San Antonio de Valero and San José. In 1730 Banul and Maria Adriana García, a Flemish widow, were married. They lived at Valero, later called the Alamo, where Banul ran the blacksmith shop and sawmill."

Here is a note from How the Alamo got its name ....

"It's difficult to pinpoint when the Valero mission was first called "Alamo." Many early references address La Compañía de Alamo de Parras as "El Alamo," which was often seen as an abbreviated name form in correspondence and other official documents.

The predominant name forms used by the company from its arrival in 1803 until and after 1807 were "San Antonio de Valero" or "Bejar", referring to the Presidio de Bejar to which the company had been sent as reinforcements.

However, in January of 1807, Antonio Cordero, in his correspondence to the commandant at Trinidad wrote:

...Among the 25 men from the Alamo, who in compliance with orders of the day, must go from that post to Atascosito, you will send the gunsmith of that company with his anvil and other implements...

Again in February of 1807, Nemesio Salcedo writes,

"...Your Lordship, should give heed to the necessity of furnishing horses to the troops at Bejar, Bahia, and Alamo..."

[Spanish Archives Translations, J. Villasana Haggard. Vol.22]"


Several years later the natives got restless. Well, maybe it was the new settlers stirring up the politics. Down in Gonzales the spark was lit in the Fall of 1835 when they said "Come and Take It".

The Alamo defenders were significantly aided by a blacksmith who was in charge of the cannon during the Gonzales confrontation. Almaron Dickinson (Dickerson) came to Texas from Tennessee. His wife and daughter survived the battle and were sent out to tell Texas that Santa Anna was coming. He was good with the artillery pieces which were plentiful in The Alamo thanks to General Cos leaving them behind when he was graciously allowed to leave after the first Seige of Bexar.

The events begun that Fall and Winter in Gonzales, Goliad and The Alamo concluded in Springtime at San Jacinto which also benefited from forged iron. See this Twin Sisters story about what people can still do when they want to. It begins....

"Texas history is a blazing saga of legends and myths that transcend time. The fiery spirit that hurled the shackles of an oppressive tyrant into the fires of revolution and forged a republic on the anvil of the Alamo has never died."

There were many blacksmiths involved and participating in the events creating Texas. Even after the creation, we can find them active, such as John Beckmann who helped rebuild The Alamo starting in 1846.

Our page on Historical Blacksmithing in Texas contains more info, and you are invited to submit content. For instance, send us the story of your grandfathers shop and how you benefited from such.


Annual Knife Making Work Shop and Auction was Jan 20

In January we had our Big Annual Auction and Knifemaking Workshop in nearby Bellville. This year's workshop was again hosted by Cowboy Szymanski at his shop in Bellville, Texas. He has helped in many of our previous knife demos and was a featured addtion at our 2005 Fall Forge Fest in Oldenburg. This year the weather was a lot like last year so we had a great but rainy day of hammering inside his shop. Everyone was invited to bring their forges and tools for this hammer-in. We hoped to setup outdoor in the field next to the shop for work after the indoor demo, but the rain had made the ground too saturated so we stayed inside the shop.

This year we made the Ancient Blacksmith Knife with a few new features. More info (with photos now on two pages!) are posted at Annual Knife Workshop 2007.

The Auction and tailgating sent treasures home with everyone.


Coal Miners

Once again the coal miner community mourns another loss, this time at Cucumber, WVa. CNN reports "Two members of a coal mining crew removing pillars in a mine died Saturday January 13 when a portion of the tunnel collapsed and the men were buried in debris deep underground, authorities said.

None of the other miners in the 35-member crew was injured, said Ted Pile, a spokesman for Alpha Natural Resources, whose subsidiary, Brooks Run Mining, operates the mine.

Pile said the crew was working on a process called retreat mining in which the miners work back toward the entrance extracting coal from the pillars that support the ceiling, Pile said.

Dispatchers said the accident scene was up to 1½ miles beyond the entrance to the mine, about 90 miles west of Roanoke, Virginia.

Last year, 47 miners -- 24 of them from West Virginia -- died in the nation's coal mines. The toll was the highest since 1995. The deaths included 12 men killed in an explosion at the Sago Mine in Upshur County. Also last January, two miners died in a fire at the Aracoma Alma No. 1 Mine in Logan County."


HABA Salutes The Texas Forge Review

HABA Members have been blessed with another great year of demonstrations and activity which gives us an exciting start towards a New Year.

To close out this year we are pleased to bring you copies of The Texas Forge Review newsletters from the 20th century's eighth decade. These issues document the amazing early years of blacksmithing's rebirth in Texas, starting with the Francis Whitaker Workshops organized and hosted by Joe Pehoski of Salado! See our Historical Texas page for the Forge links to the collection on loan from Wendel Broussard.


Balcones Bluebonnet Workshop will feature DOROTHY STIEGLER

Balcones Forge has renamed and changed the date of their annual Winter Workshop. This is now the Bluebonnet Workshop March 31-April 1 at Marble Falls, Texas and will present a dynamic and entertaining two-day team demonstration by world famous blacksmith Dorothy Stiegler and her very accomplished apprentice, Jake Hill. This very special exhibition will include a wide array of Dorothy’s own practical and productive forging secrets and tricks of the trade, as well as exciting displays of team forging. Sign up now and get the details in their current newsletter which also has a registration form.


Little Giant Rebuild Class Schedules

Sid Suedmeier has announced the schedule of classes for rebuilding and adjusting the old and new style Little Giant Power Hammer. Two classes in Nebraska City, Nebraska are set for March 16-18, and March 23-25. Click Registration Form to download their brochure. Another class is scheduled at the Forgery School of Blacksmithing in Moriarty, NM August 3-5, 2007.


HABA Calendar for 2007 is Online

It's the annual clean-up and revise season here in the web shop. If something seems put away too good please let your web feller know. Last year's meeting schedule and topics have been archived on our HABA 2006 Calendar page. The 2007 meeting schedule and topics are announced on our HABA 2007 Calendar page which will be updated as often as possible. We hope you can attend and contribute to each meeting demonstration.

This front page of meetings announcement was trimmed back in December, and the complete listing for all of 2006 is still available at HABA 2006. Each of these sites contain links to each summary, photos, and announcement page we published for your convenience.


Membership
Please Join and be a part of HABA today to receive the current Newsletter ! Contact Ed Malmgren for the latest information. To receive your Family Membership Card or to update your records please send Ed an email with a Membership Application.

Annual Memberships are due at start of the year! Click Family Membership Form to download a pdf of the application.

Family Membership for 2007 are still only $20. Special offers are available for the 3 and 5 year Memberships. See the Membership page and ask Ed about these for 2007!

Thanks for your continued support!



HABA Events Calendar for 2007
Please visit our Calendar for details. HABA Monthly Demo Meetings shown in bold.


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  • January 20 - Annual Knife Workshop with Cowboy Szymanski in Bellville, Texas
  • February 17 - Bowls and Vessel Making Hammer-In with Dave Koenig at Components in Houston
  • March 3-4 - Barrington Farm Texas Independence Day Demo
  • March 10-11 - LAMA's Conference "Banging On the Bayou " at Beaver Park in Lafayette, LA.
  • March 17 - Belt Buckle Hammer-In at Dave Koenigs
  • March 23/25 - Bayou City Art Festival
  • March 31 - Katy Folklife Festival featuring a HABA demonstrator.
  • March 31/April 1 Balcones Bluebonnet Workshop with Dorothy Steigler
  • April 6/8 - Spring Blacksmith Roundup at Oldenburg
  • April 21 - Magnolia Depot Day in Magnolia, Texas
  • May 19 - Hammer-In at Tee Hines Shop in Magnolia
  • June 23 - Archeometallurgy with David Furlow
  • June 29/July 2 - CanIron VI in Victoria, Canada
  • July 21 - Vessels with Dave Koenig at Tudor Forge
  • August 25 - Joinery Workshop at Armand Bayou
  • September 15 - Farrier Demonstration
  • October 5/7 - Fall Forge Fest at Oldenburg
  • October 13/14 - Saltfork Craftsmen Blacksmith Conference
  • October 27/28 - Barrington Living History Farm "Smithing in Texas"
  • Nov - Spanish Tracks and Trails at Goliad
  • Nov 17 - Candlestick Smithing with Dave Koenig in Magnolia
  • Dec - Happy Hammer Holidays !

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