“Smithing in Texas”
Barrington Living History Farm
“It was here that on March 1, 1836, delegates elected from each municipality in Texas convened in an unfinished frame building. While the forces of General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo, the Convention of 1836 declared Texas' independence from Mexico, wrote a new constitution which established the Republic of Texas and organized an interim government.”
Barrington Living History Farm
On October 30 and 31, Barrington Living History Farm is inviting HABA members to the farm for a weekend of forging. The purpose is to forge additional utilitarian items primarily for use at two outdoor cooking areas, one at the main house and the other at the slave quarters. These items will, like similar items used 168 years ago, make life on Barrington Farm easier for those working it and more educational for the visitors who come to learn more about life in early Texas. Period clothing is desired but not required. Click for the WOB Press Release Smithing in Texas
The Wish List
The following items are on the wish list of the Barrington Farm staff. Pictures and a conceptual drawing are provided in the download file :It_was_here.doc.
The sketches below are from the book Hooks, Rings and Other Things by Frank T. Barnes.
HABA members from the region are invited to bring their forges, tools and stock to Barrington Farm on the weekend of October 30 and 31, 2004, and work on an item or items of their choice. A few of these projects lend themselves to working in teams.....like making chain, the standing crane, or the fire pit cranes. The list above is not exclusive so additional items are welcome. Differences in design other than those shown in the pictures below are welcome. Duplication of pieces are welcome. And, the expectation is not to complete the wish list in one weekend. Hopefully there is enough on the list to give every skill level a bit of a challenge.
The public is invited to this event and a large turnout is expected. Since this is a work weekend, forge welding and heavy forging is required. This means special precautions will need to be taken to make sure no member of the public is in harms way while this work is being done. One solution is to rope off a large area, keep the public well away from heavy forging and forge welding and use dedicated interpreters to describe to the public what is being done.
Only HABA members in good standing will be allowed to handle tools at this event. This means only HABA members may forge or work as forge helpers. Personal sales to the public are not permitted.
All people working in the forging area are required to wear safety glasses with side shields. No Forge Welding is permitted except in an approved area. This means that a piece started in a non-welding area that requires a forge weld will need to be taken to the welding area for completion.
Washington on the Brazos State Park has no camping facilities of any kind. However an exception will be made for tent camping and RV parking for this event. Tent camping and RV parking will be made available in and around the Barrington Farm Parking lot.
NOTE: Tents and RV’s may be set up only after the park closes and the tent and RV setups need to be removed before the park opens. Open flames of any kind are not permitted at camp sites.
The following motels are available in the area:
Questions and Comments
Period clothing is desired but not required. Please direct any questions or comments to Dave Koenig at: 280-855-2869 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Family, Friends, Relatives and In-laws
Washington on the Brazos is the birthplace of the Republic of Texas and has a lot to see and do. Here is a summary:
The story of independence and the beginning of the Texas nation
New trails and exhibits
Unique living history programs
How to Get There
Via the web: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/washingt/hist.htm
Via the Road:
From DFW/Waco take I-35 to Highway 6 South. Come down Highway 6 South to Navasota. From Navasota take Highway 105 West 7 miles and turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
From Houston take Highway 290 West to Highway 6 at Hempstead. Take Highway 6 North to Navasota. From Navasota, take Highway 105 West 7 miles and turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
From San Antonio go I-10 East to Highway 77 North, then take 290 East to Brenham. From Brenham, take Highway 105 East 14 miles and turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
When & Where :
Saturday & Sunday, October 30-31 :
The schedule looks like this:
Barrington Living History Farm at Washington on the Brazos State Park
What to Bring
Bring safety glasses with side shields. This is a requirement!
Bring a chair to sit in.
Period clothing is desired but not required.
HABA Members are invited to bring their forges and tools.
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.
Notes about this Website This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.
This website is Under Development and will continue to evolve for HABA Members.