THE HABA LETTER
The Newsletter of the Houston Area Blacksmith’s Association Inc.
To preserve and promote the art and craft of Ornamental Blacksmithing.
HABA Web Site: www.habairon.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS/OFFICERS
David W. Koenig – President
7418 Branch Point
Larry Newbern – Vice President
Frank Walters – Secretary
Larry Hoff – Treasurer
DECEMBER 15 HABA MEETING
TOUR SNOKHOUS BLACKSMITH SHOP
THE HABA LETTER CONTENTS
November HABA Meeting – Page 2.
Oct. Meetings Summary–Page 2.
December Meeting – Page 3.
Renew Membership – Page 4.
The Fine Print – Page4.
DECEMBER HABA MEETING
The field trip to see the old Louis Snokhous blacksmith shop in West, TX on December 15 is picking up interest. Seventeen people RSVP’d already and more are talking about it. REMEMBER! RSVP’s ARE REQUIRED. Food and refreshments will be provided by Ray Snokhous.
NOVEMBER HABA MEETING SUMMARY
The November HABA meeting focused on making a belt buckle from one eighth inch thick sheet steel. During the summer three other workshops focused on making the tools needed to make the buckle. Attendance for the November was low, nine members and no visitors, but production and learning were high. Six belt buckles were started and four were completed.
Dave Koenig led the workshop. An anvil buckle design was chosen for the demo. Dave used the treadle hammer to do most of the cutting. The four people who managed to complete the buckle found some time on the treadle hammer.
The shop was pretty busy with people working on the treadle hammer and the two shop anvils. There were three other forges going outside. These were provided by Les Cook, Charles and Sharon Heathcock and Larry Hoff.
A highlight of the meeting was coal forge brazing a nail to the back of the buckle. The nail was the pin to hold the belt buckle to the belt. After a few practice tries and a couple of tries on each buckle we seemed to get the hang of forge brazing. It was quite an effort. One person cranked the blower. One person to heat and hold the nail on the back of the buckle. The third person applied the brazing rod and cooled the buckle once the rod flashed. It probably looked just like it sounds but we succeeded and had a great time trying something new.
Let’s welcome a new member to HABA, Steve Green.
We first met Steve at
A long time member, David Bailey, and someone we do not see enough stopped by to take-in the action. David, it was sure good to see you again!
Charles Heathcock and Les Cook made some good progress on their buckles. Odds are the completed buckles will be at the January meeting. Jessica, Huckemeyer, Steve Green, Larry Hoff and Dave Koenig each finished a buckle.
Before all the hammering got started there was a
long meeting bringing everyone up to date on fall events and demonstrations. Kurt House donated a copy of his new book HABA. The title of the book is Hand Forged for
For those of you who are not familiar with this
title, Kurt’s book opens with some Texas history and the life, times and work of
blacksmith, Joe Bianchi of Victoria, Texas, 1871 -1949. Joe is best remembered as a loriner, a smith whose focus is making bits and spurs. Any one with a penchant for
Kurt House and Ray Snokhous
will be the featured speakers at the February HABA meeting. The February meeting location is the
Thanks for the treadle hammer news. I can't come but please tell folks ZI have a swedge block for sale. It is 18" square and 4.5' thick. ($ 400) It is an old one. Also have a very large wide belt driven grinding stone of victorian era vintage. ($ 300). A 1936 3 Hp mcormic Deering open crank hit and miss Kerosine burner. Want $ 600 for that. No magneto. Block, crank and piston for a little jumbo 3 Hp. ($ 150). No fly wheels.
THE FINE PRINT
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