Gas Forge Work Shop
with Jay Hayes
Jay was a very pleasant and knowlegeable expert to visit with. He is a combustion expert with a background in electrical engineering with marine experience in the Corp of Engineers serving on dredge vessels out of Beaumont. His large manufacturing company in Weston, WVa serves many different industries including a shrinking glass industry in WVa. Also he is a major supplier of very large scale programmed Christmas lighting systems such as seen in San Antonio. He loves his blacksmith activities and is always eager to share his talents with others around the country.
If your were wanting to participate but could not place an order, please send Jay Hayes a note and he will have your kit ready to ship without delays.
A total of 20 forge kits were purchased by HABA members. One single burner kit is still available from HABA (plus some insulation supplies) and it will be at the HF Tool Fair in October!
We built 9 gas forges from kits at the workshop, and demonstrated how to use these and other commercial forges safely at their maximum capacities! Special thanks to Les Cook for the welding service, and to Jerome Klawinsky of C&M Supplies for hosting the event. Lunch for 60+ attendees was provided by C&M and was prepared by our favorite HABA bbq cooking and pit fabrication expert, Robert Killbuck.
When & Where :
Saturday, Sept 20, 2003 :
3565 S.Loop 336 East
We worked in the AP Tools shop with large covered patio.
If you ordered a forge kit you were provided a complimentary HABA Membership for the remainder of this year. If you are not yet a Member, and want to participate, you may purchase a 2003 Membership for $5. This is also a good time to renew your annual Memebrship if not done so yet.
The schedule looked like this:
Directions to Work Shop
is 3.3 miles east of I-45 at
3565 S.Loop 336 East
The shop is on the inner side of the Loop. If coming on the South Loop from I-45 go 3.3 miles and look for the yellow metal building surrounded by a chain link fence. It appears suddenly on the left past a long stretch of wooded forest.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Several years ago HABA had their first Gas Forge Workshop and many of the single burner atmospheric forges are still working fine for the builders. We sought a second version and discussed several designs and costs. Please review the links below for more information.
We wanted this event provide some amount of education on the use of gas burners, and how to use the forge in addition to fabricating the forge.
Our host for the event was Jerome Klawinsky of C&M Horse Shoe Sales in Conroe, just north of Houston. They distribute several brands of gas forges, anvils, coal, and tools for farriers and blacksmiths. He provided lunch for the workshop.
Some relevent on-line links for your viewing including Fuels Safety Info from around the world.....
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.
ABANA Hammer's Blow
ABANA Anvil's Ring
ABANA Demonstrator Guideline
Four States Iron Munchers
River Bluff Forge Council
Mississippi Forge Council
Alabama Forge Council
Florida Artist Blacksmith Association
North Carolina ABANA
Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild
Appalachian Area Chapter of ABANA
National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association
American Bladesmith Society
The Guild of Metalsmiths
Forge and Anvil
LAMA Electric Welding
The Blacksmith Anvil
Romancing the Hammer
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