Wim added a topic in South African HighveldForge In at Paul and Wiebke Mikula, HekpoortHi everybody,
For those that are coming to the Forge In on the Saturday of the 28th November 2009 at Paul and Wiebke's plot, to close off the year, here is what is happening.
You are welcome from about 8.30 AM.
Paul has got the steel and the coal, just bring your safety gear and hammer and some handtools.
Bring your own food and drinks for the during the day, and everything for the Bring and Braai. Some charcoal is welcome. To relief Wiebke, also bring your own plate, eating utensils and cups, dish drying cloth, toilet paper, camp chair. Make sure you bring everything, because the nearest shop is about 30 km from the plot.
We are all going to make Christmas gifts and everybody that made or brought something goes home with something. It’s all about enjoying the day, and learning from each other. You can bring friends, as long as they share a real interest in Blacksmithing.
From 16.00 hr we will probably start braaing (barbequeing) and eat and chat till you go home, 21.00 party is over, everybody will probably be too tired to make it later than that.
How to get there:
Take the R512 past Lanseria airport towards Broederstroom.
At the T-junction turn Left
Travel straight past the Hartebeespoort dam on your Right hand side
At the T-junction turn Left
After 12 km turn Right into dirt road Hartebeesfontein road
After you passed over the Bridge, at the T-junction go left
After 300 m you see Paul’s place marked by a big pair of Blacksmith Tongs on the Left
Turn in the Drive way and drive through to the smithy.
Hope to see you there,
If you get lost phone Paul at 083 400 9983
Wim van Dijk, :cool: 083 263 7325
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Wim added a topic in South African HighveldSouth African Blacksmiths Mailing ListDear everyone,
Since our becoming a distinct group of Blacksmiths at Wheel at the Vaal 2006, and our starting a Forum for South African Blacksmiths on www.iforgeiron.com we haven’t only grown as a group, but we have also made contact with Blacksmiths in the far corners of South Africa. I have at this moment 44 Blacksmiths in six of the nine provinces of our country on record.
Some we know from iforgeiron.com, others from the Ystervegter forge in at Coenraad’s place and the forge in at Paul’s place, and the ever growing “Wheels at the Vaal” event.
This not even close to everybody that is involved in Blacksmithing. There are numerous lone smiths out there, that we don't know about yet.
If you are or want to be involved in Blacksmithing and you live in South Africa, or maybe in one of the neighbouring countries, I would like to put your name on our mailing list. If you want to be on our list, please send me your name and surname, email, cell phone, the area or town you live in, your level as you see yourself, for example, wannabe, amateur, hobby artist blacksmith, professional artist blacksmith, professional farrier, etc. Also what facility you have to do blacksmithing, basic forge, anvil, hand tools, at home, at work or at someone else, so that we have an idea of where each of us is and how people can help each other.
Of course the idea is that once the list is complete I will forward this to all of you, so that people can make contact with each other direct.
If you know of people that should be on the list, please give me their contact details, so we can include as many people as possible.
Also I would like to hear what you think about us starting an official Blacksmithing Guild or Association, and whether you would be interested in being a member. What would you expect from an Association like that.
The idea of this initiative is not to make money at all, I just want to help grow the Blacksmithing craft in South Africa, and I believe that networking between Blacksmiths is a very important key to achieve this.
Wim van Dijk, Hobby artist blacksmith
083 263 7325
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Wim added a topic in South African HighveldIndoors or Outdoors ForgingHow do you normally forge, inside or outside, under a shadow or in the open daylight. What are the whether conditions in your part of the global village, too hot or too cold. Would you like it differently?
How important is working in the shade to you, to be able to spot the correct metal temperature.
I for one enjoy outdoor work, it relaxes me and reminds me of why I came to Africa in the first place. Sometimes the sun is too hot to work in. Normally I keep my Blacksmithing work for later in the day, from 15.00 onwards. The evening twilight is quite short here, so by 19.30 it is already dark even in Summer. The area I live in is not too densely populated, so I can still make a noise, up to 21.00 hr.
How about you?
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