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December, 2009

HABA Happy Hammer Holidays

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

Frank's 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 2010. We are laying out plans now.

On January 16 we will have the Big Annual Auction and Knifemaking Workshop with Cowboy in Bellville. Gather up tools and stuff, and make something special that can be donated.

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.

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 16, 2010

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 will again feature Cowboy Szymanski of Phenix Knives in Bellville, Texas.

This year we feature the Smih's Knife made of spring steel with a few new features. Our web page from last year (2009) is at HABA Spike Knife for more information and links.

HABA Special Holiday Demo was November 21, 2009

This event agenda has evolved through out the year to an exciting conclusion. We headed to Kleb Woods Farm near Tomball for a special holiday demo with Bob Patrick of Everton, Arkansas. Dave Koenig created a very nice announcement you might want to tell your friends about. Download the pdf file Holiday Demo with Bob Patrick.

Photos from the day are posted on our Flickr site at Holiday Demo 2009

HABA Salutes Life Member Kennie Hall

HABA Lifetime Member Kennie Hall of Canyon Lake, passed away on November 18, 2009 at the age of 61.

Kennie was one of HABA's three lifetime members. Kennie and Susan contributed to HABA in a unique way by inviting HABA to their farm in Oldenburg during the Round Top Antique Festival in the spring and fall. HABA events at Oldenburg have taken place for at least 10 years. Initially the idea was to use Oldenburg as a place for HABA members to sell their work. After many different tries at selling, Oldenburg evolved into a venue for HABA educational events which it is today.

Kennie Hall

Kennie grew up as a neighbor to the Oldenburg Blacksmith Shop. This shop is still in service as part of the George Ranch Historical Park near Barker, TX southwest of Houston. Kennie's association with the Oldenburg shop was one motivation to extend his and his family's hospitality to HABA over the years. His interest went a long way to help HABA towards its mission of preserving and promoting the art and craft of Blacksmithing through education.

Kennie opened doors for HABA which created opportunities HABA would not have had otherwise. HABA will dearly miss Kennie and his involvement in HABA's work.

HABA was at Martyn Farm Fall Fest November 14 and 15

HABA was at Armand Bayou Nature Center Martyn Farm Fall Festival on November 14 & 15, 2009. Les Cook, Dave Koenig, and Tee Hines brought the tools and forges and demoed both days. Dave said "This Armand Bayou event is a wonderful place to demonstrate. We were busy all day yet were never overloaded. The volunteers who put this program together were very organized. Many families stopped by and spent a lot of time with us. More than the average number of people expressed a great interest in the craft.

ABNC_0549.JPG Two things about the exhibits got me excited. One was all of the old tractors and hit-and-miss engines running and on display. It would have been fun to play tourist and spend some time with these beautiful machines. The second was the exhibit of the working draft horses. The horses worked turning the cane mill, loading logs in a wagon, and pulling wagons and sleds."

HABA was Smithing in Texas Oct 31 and Nov 1

HABA Cultivator at Barrington Farm On October 31 and November 1, Barrington Living History Farm invited HABA members to the farm for a 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.

This year we enjoyed a stew cooked in the cast iron kettle we repaired last year, and made heavy duty support trivets for two more kettles we repaired. The forges were busy the entire glorious weekend and many items were made for the farm.

trivets.jpg For more information about helping out at Barrington, call Les Cook.

Please visit our page for previous years event for directions and information about the Farm at “Smithing in Texas” 2007.

Photos from the 2009 weekend event are posted on our Flickr site HABA Smiths in Texas at WOB. Dave Koenig provided many excellent photos contained in this download file HABA at Barrington Farm 2009 .

HABA ForgeFest was in Oldenburg

HABA returned to Oldenburg on Oct 2-4 this fall featuring our popular Hand's On Training Progression. All smiths are invited to bring themselves and forges for a weekend of fun forging. Our sequence of programs was disrupted last year by Hurricane Ike and we postponed the excellent program by Bob Alexander until last spring. So we are now having the excellent training progression program where basic skills and exercises will be performed by new and experienced smiths working side by side under the big pavilion at Kennie Hall's.

Please visit our web pages for more detailed general info at HABA Fall Forge Fest 2009.

Photos of the shine then rain event are posted on our Flickr page Forge Fest 2009.

HABA Demos for Culture Downtown on September 12

HABA participated in a demonstration venue for the Houston Institute for Culture was at The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park featuring the demonstrations of three different crafts as an adjunct program for a seminar at the Houston downtown library titled: Vernacular Architecture and the Building Arts in Houston.

HABA was invited to participate and Dave Koenig organized the special day with Guido Schindler, Bob Hensley, Ed Malmgren and Pat Boussart. Read more in Dave's great summary (pdf) HABA goes to Sam Houston Park.

HABA Demo-Work Day at Armand Bayou was September 19

Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena is near NASA, representing a delightful contrast of new and modern against old and natural. Weather permitted, and we were again be at the Center's Martyn Farm to work on projects and visit with the public. More info and directions are posted on our event page ABNC Hammer-In.

Dave Koenig provided some great photos posted on our FLICKR at ABNC Fall 2009.

Pinehurst Trade Center has Closed

Jim Wheeler reports that The Pinehurst Trade Center (Mr. B's place) which first opened in 1983, is going out of business. Sunday, August 30th, is the last day they will be open. In September, on the 19th I believe, there will be a one day auction of the entire contents of the premises. If you get a chance, come by and tell Gaylon and Cheryl thanks for all the neat old tools and "stuff" we've bought there over the years...and goodbye.

Blacksmith Discussions was August 15

The August meeting was held indoors and offered HABA members and members of the public to learn more about the craft of forging ferrous , blacksmithing. There were three speakers. Download a brochure by clicking Blacksmith Discussions

Dave Koenig lead off with a dynamic and well illustrated talk he has given to three groups since the first of the year titled A Story of the Smith and Forging. The focus of his talk is on the very beginnings of the craft, how it started and the role of the smith in antiquity.

Richard Boswell followed with a talk that discussed and brought the blacksmithing craft from the Middle East to the U. S. A. Richard's presentation will be a condensed class he presented to the American Society of Metallurgists last year.

Bob Nichols pepared two new talks on two subjects that smiths cannot seem to get enough information about, Wootz steel, the original Damascus and a bit of science about Heat Treating Ferrous Metals. Bob's talks will greatly augment and compliment the previous presentations.

Each talk allowed plenty of time for discussion and assured that everyone left Kleb Woods with a new appreciation of the blacksmithing craft. This day was not spent on 'How To' forging processes but on broadening our appreciation of the origins, development and impact of the person and the craft on world cultures.

The program was held in the excellent, in-doors, air-conditioned conference center at the Kleb Woods Nature Center near Tomball.

Click to our web page Blacksmith Talk-In for more info and downloads of the presentations.

George Ranch Looking for a Smith

J.R. Thomas is 1830's Site Lead at the George Ranch Historical Park. He is looking for a full time blacksmith for the Ranch which is a living history site, educating the public about Texas history as well as the crafts and skills involved in creating this beautiful state. He has been on the search for a month now and has had difficulty in finding a replacement. See contact details and more info on our Wanted Page.

HABA Open Forge Project Day was July 25

The plans for our July meeting have floated around and landed on a simple open forge demo hosted by Tee Hines at his Bucksnort Forge in Magnolia, just west of Tomball. We will have several forges available and you are invited to come out and make what ever you want. Particularly, we encourage you to come practice your demo pieces, simple stuff that the public would enjoy watching you make. You have learned many examples of this in our previous meetings. These are described in our Training Progression referenced elsewhere on this web site. If you are seasoned pro, please come and help our new smiths to their way of mastery.

A web page for the demo will be published soon. Until then please visit Bucksnort in June.

HABA Annual Board of Directors Meeting was July 14

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held Tuesday July 14 at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm in the Conference Room at Stress Engineering Services, 13800 Westfair East Dr, Houston, 77041. All members were invited to attend. Elections were held for the Board and for the Officers for the upcoming year.

Our HABA Board is composed of two alternating groups of terms. Each year one half of the Board is expired and subject to continued service. This year two of our distinguished members have elected to take a less demanding but greatly valued and appreciated position on our Advisory Board with specific tasks assisting our Officers in conducting the business of our non-profit organization. Please thank and congratulate Les Cook and Tee Hines for their many years of excellent leadership and service.

The health and vitality of any volunteer organization can be judged by the dedication and loyalty of it's leadership and the recruitment of new leaders who will continue the success of what has been established before them. This includes the fulfillment of member expectations, the protection of the organizations assets and liabilities, and the determination to continue and enhance the services and educational opportunities which our members and our community might expect.

Please welcome our new Board Member Bob Nichols and visit with each of our Board of Directors at our meetings and tell them what you think we should be doing to serve our membership.

  • Russell Parrish - President
  • Bob Hensley - Vice President
  • Ed Malmgren - Treasurer
  • Richard Boswell - Secretary
  • Tim Bailey
  • Steve Arial
  • Pierre Coppola
  • Pat Bossart
  • Bob Nichols

HABA demos for Bayou Bend History Camp June 17

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HABA demoed for Bayou Bend History Camp on 6-17-09 where Tee Hines and Les Cook worked with the campers. Photos from Les are posted on our Flickr page Bayou Bend 2009.
HABA Forge Welding Workshop was June 20 at Bucksnort

Tee sticks them For June we are going to gather at Tee Hines' Bucksnort Forge shop in Magnolia to try our hand at forge welding. Tee will be demonstrating the basic techniques associated with forge welding along with showing us several types of welds. The different parts of the welding process like upsetting, making a scarf, flux and so on will be discussed.

This is a hands-on work shop with the goal of teaching you the basics of forge welding. Hopefully you will leave this meeting with enough knowledge to practice at home and expand your skills. If you practice you will get better. Being able to forge weld greatly increases the scope of forging projects you can manage.

One project we will try to complete is a Fire Place Poker forged from 3/8” square bar with a faggot weld end. If you have another project you would rather try, have at it!

The website for the meeting is Forge Welding with Tee.

Bring your Coal Forge & fuel to this meeting!

Photos are provided at our Flick page collection at Forge Welding Demo .

HABA Divide and Caliper Workship was May 16 at Bucksnort

At Oldenburg, Bob Alexander was selling Tom Clark design double calipers along with the tongs, etc from Ozark School of Blacksmithing, and most were sold as soon as the van doors were open! Since Bob Hensley could not get a set he thought "Hey, you are a supposedly toolmaking blacksmith, make your own!".

Double Caliper Dividers Someone else from the group standing there said it might make a good demo project.

So, Bob went into his shop and made a set of double calipers, and a set of dividers as a side project, just to see if he could.

He will help us all to make these at Tee Hines' shop in Magnoila.

More details are on our web page Divide and Caliper .

Photos for the day include the Demo, Hammer-In, Show and Tell, and a leaf demo by Tee Hines. They are posted on our Flickr page at Divide, Caliper, and Measure.

HABA sends condolences to Mary Suedmeier Family

Mary Suedmeier, wife of Sid Suedmeier, passed away peacefully April 15 after her 3 year battle with ALS. Services are 11 am Monday at Christ Lutheran Church in Nebraska City, 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

Folks who want to can send their condolences via the internet by going to Gude Funeral Homes where there is a condolences link. Mary’s obituary lists the times of the visitation & funeral and can be found on the Gude website.

HABA Blacksmith Round Up was April 3-5

Bob Alexander Our HABA Blacksmith Round Up in Oldenburg was first weekend of April featuring Bob Alexander from Desoto, Missouri as our day long demonstrator on Saturday April 4, 2009! Our guests and audience were treated to sit on our new 4 piece bleacher stands!

Bob demoed all day Saturday and then Sunday until noon. Saturday's projects were two candleholders featuring forge welding methods in the colonial style. The day concluded with other items sucsh a pineapple twisting, and a corkscrew bottle opener. Sunday featured the processes for making two different flowers using special tooling and gas welding.

We had a spirited Auction on Saturday that featured many items worthy of your attention including the two candle holders that Bob demoed. Also included were new tools and books, used tools, materials, and the wonderful custom pieces made by talented smiths. This is always a unique opportunity to acquire and donate special and unique tools and art. So for next time forge or donate something special you have made or collected, or shop at our Sponsors Page and bring a cool tool or item to donate!

Our web page with much more information is at Blacksmith Round Up 2009

Photos from the event are posted on our Flickr site Collection at Round Up 2009 .

Did you finish your chain maille patch we started last summer at Kleb farm? Please bring your patches and Richard Myer will be putting them together for our new banner!

Kleb Barn Board Nail Up was March 7

The March HABA meeting was at Kleb Nature Center. It is officially located at 20301 Mueschke Road, Tomball,TX but the parking lot and Nature Center are off of Draper Road. Just follow the County, Precinct 3 signs from Mueschke Road.

The objective of the March meeting is to use the recovered boards to enclose as much of the barn as possible starting from the wide open north gabled end and working around to the East side.
While some people are nailing up boards, others will continue to make nails.

Dave Koenig has provided a flyer handout you may download for more details. Please click Kleb Nailing Boards.

Photos of the day are posted on our Flickr page Kleb Nail Up .
Regional Activities this Spring

Balcones Bluebonnet Workshop

Balcones Forge is pleased to bring award-winning artist-blacksmith Corrina Mensoff to Texas for its annual two-day demonstration event. The Balcones Workshop will be held March 28-29 in Manor, Texas, just 20 minutes east of Austin. That means Bluebonnet time here in Central Texas! Plan to ride some of our scenic country back roads and enjoy the finest display of wildflowers in America!

Saltfork Workshop in Paris March 7-8

On March 7-8 Saltfork Craftsmen will sponsor a cast iron welding / brazing seminar / workshop will be held at the Bois D'Arc Forge Blacksmith Shop, 33 NE 1st St. (Downtown), Paris, TX 75460. Focus is the repair of broken cast iron blacksmithing equipment. Also on the docket is demo of TIG/MIG as used in artistic blacksmithing. If you have questions about welding this may be the place to find answers. Bring your safety glasses and welding helmet plus any broken cast iron smith'ing equipment for possible repair.

Starts at 9:30 a.m. Call 903-785-2608 or 903-517-1667 or email James Allcorn if you are interested in coming as he can email you a handbill and negotiated motel rates.

LAMA Banging On the Bayou is March 14-15 in Lafayette

"Bangin' On the Bayou XV" LAMA Conference is coming up on March 14th and 15th in Lafayette. Great Demonstrators, good company and great food!

Demonstrators are Jim Wallace and Chris Marks.

The Auction of member metal work will be Saturday afternoon and will be open to the public.

Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association Mini-Conference April 25-26, featuring Jim Batson

The GCBA Fall 2008 Conference was postponed because of the damage to Buddy Leonard’s shop during Hurricane Gustav. We have rescheduled this conference to April 25-26 at his newly-repaired shop. For more information, contact Buddy at (985) 892-1137.

Our demonstrator for the conference will be Jim Batson. Jim is an avid blade collector and Master Bladesmith. He is presently President of the Alabama Forge Council. He has instructed at Campbell Folk School and is described in their catalog as follows:

“Jim Batson is a noted blacksmith and bladesmith who has been teaching since 1980. A Master Bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society, Jim’s knives are collected worldwide. He is author of James Bowie and the Sandbar Fight and How to Make Your Own Hydraulic Forging Press.

Jim received the Alex W. Bealer Award from ABANA; has been inducted into the ABS Cutlery Hall of Fame in Little Rock, AR; and has work in the Historical Arkansas Museum. He continues to study “old timey” methods of forging ironwork and tools.”

Texas Independence Day Weekend at Barrington Farms Feb 28-March 1

HABA will be demonstrating at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Barrington Living History Farm for Texas Independence Day on February 28 and March 1. Les Cook and Dave Koenig are arranging our demonstrators. Please come out to visit and bring the family for the festivities. See their web site where you are invited to...

Join us at the "Birthplace of Texas" and celebrate 173 years of Texas independence. We will honor the 59 men who met here in March to declare Texas a free and independent nation. Historical re-enactors, skilled craftsmen and period musicians transport visitors back to a time when Texas was a struggling young nation throughout the weekend celebration. A special ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon honoring Texas' past and present ending with a Texas sized birthday cake. Tour fees will be waived on this special weekend so all Texans can learn about our common heritage.

Photos from the windy and chilled weekend are on our Flickr page HABA celebrates at Barrington Farm. Dave Koenig and Les Cook were joined by Tee Hines, Richard Boswell, Russell Parrish, and Bob Hensley to demonstrate to the public for the Independence weekend where it all began.

Bowl Making Workshop was February 21 at Tudor Forge

Copper Bowl by Dave Koenig This February we featured bowls and vessel making at Tudor Forge with Dave Koenig at his shop in Magnolia to support the Empty Bowls Effort. This will be similar to our workshop demo last year on vessel making where the bowls were larger in diameter than the year before. Except......this year we will work with copper plate!

More details are on our web page Copper Bowl Making. Photos are placed on our FLICKR collection page Bowling in Copper.

Please join local artists and crafts people for Houston’s Fifth Annual Empty Bowls Event March 21, 2008

Empty Bowls Houston is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. The Houston Empty Bowls Committee, comprising the craft and art community, Houston Food Bank, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center, and Whole Foods Market are seeking contributions of handmade bowls and artworks from local artists and craftspeople.

Restoration of the Elissa in 1980 added to our History page

Our Historical Blacksmithing in Texas page has been updated with a three part article published in the ABANA Anvils Ring in 1985 and 1986, written by Joe Pehoski, Doug McLean, and George Holliday. These articles describe the vessel history and the work they provided in the original restoration of hardware on the historical sailing ship Elissa in 1980, now a popular tourist destination in Galveston. The Elissa is a wrought iron barque, with three masts built in 1877 at an Aberdeen shipyard.

HABA Board Meeting February 5, 2009

A Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 5 at 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm in the Conference Room at Stress Engineering Services, 13800 Westfair East Dr, Houston, 77041. Please contatct Russell Parrish or Richard Boswell 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.

Pearl Fincher Museum Fund Raising Gala Auction is March 28

Last year The Pearl Fincher Museum in Spring hosted the Metal Worked show featuring many great examples of HABA and Balcones smith's work. Nearly 6000 visitors toured our exhibit!

Their second Annual fund raising gala is scheduled for March 28, and HABA members are invited to submit items they have made or collected to benefit the museum. We have already received two outstanding items from artists who were exhibited in the show and we are hoping you will support this event with more submissions.

A donation form is available from the museum for your tax deductible contribution. Mr. Calvin Cobb is CEO of the museum, and he serves on our HABA Advisory Committee. He sent this note to me (your webfeller) to share with you:

"We had 9478 visitors (to the museum this first year) and I thought you would be interested to know 5900 of them visited your Metal Worked exhibition.

We are preparing for our 2009 Gala on March 28 and it is very exciting. We are working on the auction and I wanted to ask if the blacksmith group would consider donating something wonderful to be auctioned. Everyone I know who saw Metal Worked was so impressed with the exhibition I am sure they would like a chance to own a piece of blacksmith original art.

On the auction items, we have a donation form that records all of the information and the donor sets the value for the gift. We list the value with the item so bidders have some guidance on bidding.

All of the items from your group that were in the show were great so I am confident the artistic talents and visions of the group will provide items that our bidders would find most attractive. I don't have a good feel for the value range of interest but I would think somewhere in the $400 to $2000 range would make sense. How does that feel to you? My son made a very artsy wooden box for last year's auction and it sold for around $400. He had sold a few of them in that same range before. Unfortunately, of the items we sold last year, none were in the unique category of original blacksmith art.

We will need a description (in very general terms) and the filled-out donor form as soon as we can get them. However, for really good stuff, we can wait until the first of March or even later. Good stuff takes precedence over being fast with the forms!

Does this answer your questions? If not, let me know what other information I can provide."

Annual Knife Making Work Shop and Auction was January 17

It is 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 was held on Saturday January 17 will again featured Cowboy Szymanski of Phenix Knives at his shop in Bellville, Texas.

This year we will revisit the 2006 Spike Knife with a few new features... a Fork! Our web page is at HABA Spike Knife and Fork for more information and links.

Photos from the demo and auction are posted on our Flickr Collection page for January 2009 Demo. This is the demo fork that Cowboy made (click to enlarge).

Cowboy's Demo Fork from Spike

The local newsapaper had a very nice feature on the meeting prepared by David Emswiller for their January 22 edition, and a pdf of the article can be read in this scanned copy of The Bellville Times !

HABA Article Scanner Project

Bob Hensley, our scanner person of projects and interesting items from newsletters and magazines, is looking for old copies of the "Anvil's Ring", especially early issues from the 70's, 80's, and 90's. These items would be scanned for projects and other info useful to our members, and would then be cheerfully returned to the original owner.

Or send him a scanned article (pdf) to use!

Bob has some of these issues scanned already, but there are articles that continue into issues he doesn't have access to. This information will become available to members in the future, as additional time is available for him to ready them for access thru our website.

Please email bhensley@mctitle.com with dates or volume and issue numbers of any issues you may have that you will let us share with the group, and he will make arrangements to get them from you and scan and return them in a timely manner. PLEASE mention HABA ARCHIVES in the subject line, since he gets so much spam that he sometimes miss things that don't jump out at him.

Thanks for your help!

HABA Happy Hammer Holiday Moves into 2009

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

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 2009. We are laying out plans now.

In January we will have the Big Annual Auction and Knifemaking Workshop with Cowboy. Gather up tools and stuff, and make something special that can be donated. Or shop at our Sponsors and bring a cool tool to donate!

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.

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

Internet Technology for the Blacksmith

Several websites have been brought to our attention that push the educational frontier further along by bringing it closer and within reach of many who want to learn the skillls and techniques we admire and seek. This HABA website for instance, is simple, almost primitive by today's standards, but is still useful for our Membership. As our computers continue their evolutionary path of increased performance, we can find content that was once not so easy to view. Our Flickr photo site is an example. Another popular technology being deployed is You Tube where we can find educational videos at no cost such as the ones listed below submitted by California Blacksmith Mark Asperry as part of his Smithing School. Once you get there in You Tube, many similar video choices will be offered. And you can search for more on any topic you choose.

Several more have been suggested as worth your attention...

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 2009 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 2008 Calendar page. The 2009 meeting schedule and topics will be announced on our HABA 2009 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 2008 is still available at HABA 2008. Each of these sites contain links to each summary, photos, and announcement page we published for your convenience.

Please Join and be a part of HABA today to receive the current Newsletter ! Contact Ed Malmgren (832-381-8155) 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 2009 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 this year!

Thanks for your continued support!

HABA Events Calendar for 2009
Please visit our Calendar for details.

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.

The webmaker's speller-checker does not always work and your tolerance for those items not caught and fixed has been and will continue to be appreciated!

Please send all feedback/correction/omission/suggestions to your webfeller, Richard Boswell .

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Spark Chart

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Practical Blacksmithing 1888


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