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To Preserve and Promote the Art and Craft of Blacksmithing Through Education.

Welcome to HABAIRON.ORG, the website of the Houston Area Blacksmith's Association, the Internet resource of choice for the blacksmith in and around Houston, Texas. We have the technology!


HABA Students Page

Yes, we are all students of this craft and continue to learn by seeing, reading, and doing. Many of us are experienced and even professional, and many are eager novices. But this page is dedicated to those people still in school from college on down. This is for our children and our grandchildren, and even our neighbor's curious kid. This is for the kids who might not have their first hammer yet, and for the kids with two of everything.

HABA has conducted several meetings in the past with young student themes in different venues . We enjoyed several parent/student pairs working at forges at a recent meeting and everyone benefited from the experience. Members have opportunities to work as mentors to students in their family, as scout masters, or simply as the neighborhood smithy. To facillitate these relationships we are developing this Student Page as a tool/service/vehicle to help the interested parties with sources of good reference material. Send us material to publish and share your progress.

Blacksmithing is the activity that made the world strong. If you are weak then learn. If you are strong then teach.

To teach well you should have some knowledge and know how to use it and share it. To get it you can learn by doing, and read books, or be taught by some one else. To help remind you of good tips to pass on to your students, we have provided a web page of tips suggested by HABA Members called HABA Mentor Notes and we hope you will contribute to the collection.

HABA has hosted several Boy Scout Troops in recent years to help them learn the basics of safe blackmithing through hands on practice with specific projects. This helps them earn a Merit Badge for Metalcraft, and cultivates their interest for learning more about this skill.

A local Scout Master for Troop 10 in Beaumont sent this note:

"Just to give you a little back ground on myself - My father was a welder for 25 years. He always talked about how he learned to weld was from a Blacksmith. My dad is 86 years old. so when the Scouts decided they wanted to do this I was really up for this. We have 2 other fathers in the Troop which are Machinist.

If I can help with any information on a web site for you please let me know. The below is a great starting place.

I would like to thank you for your quick response. I told the Assit Scout Master Tuesday that you had already replied.

Thank You So Much Again"

HABA is an Affiliate of ABANA which has a nice summary web page of the Boy Scout Metalwork Merit Badge requirements with contacts for more information, including the Boy Scouts of America.

We will be developing more programs to support this effort. Your feedback and support will be appreciated by many. Until then we encourage young people to attend our monthly meetings and observe and meet the smiths. If they wish to sign up they can then actively work at the forge and anvil under adult supervision with us. Sorry, this is an insurance requirement imposed upon HABA. Besides, Family Memberships are fun!

HABA Monthly Meetings

If you do not have a forge and tools, please come anyway. There will be plenty of room at some forge during the workshop and someone to lend you a hand if you need it.

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 at our meetings 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.

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.

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

Last updates were on February 07, 2004

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