primtechsmith

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  1. TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm Demonstrator: BRIAN BRAZEAL Topic: Rounding Hammers, Striking, and More!!!!

    NOVEMBER 21st






    Where: Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing
    15421 FIVE FORKS RD. AMELIA VA 23002

    LUNCH: Hot Dogs will be sold
    Reminders:
    IRON IN THE HAT! and bring a chair!
    Directions:NEWS page has custom map tool!!! Blacksmith Guild of Viriginia - Home

    IRON IN THE HAT INCENTIVE!!!
    $10.00 = 10 Tickets
    $20.00 = 30 Tickets
    $30.00 = 40 Tickets
    $40.00 = 50 Tickets
    $50.00 = 75 Tickets
    ...if you look closely you can find an even better deal within what is listed... RSVP To: Peyton Anderson [email protected] or 434-390-6203

    !!!SHOW AND TELL!!!
    We are going to have a table at the meeting for anyone to bring any of their work to show off. This is a great opportunity for you to show off your skills and help others learn too!

    MEMBER'S CHOICE!
    This is your chance to vote for the members you would like to see demo next year! Your vote COUNTS!!! You may vote by email of the name or names of members you want to see demo, or you can fill out a ballot and drop it in the ballot box at the next meeting.

    Take time to look through the photos on the "Member Gallery", and also photos of Iron in the Hat and Show and Tell items to help you make your list!
    Please vote! this is your guild! And we want your feedback!!!

    will be running an opportunity to "tap" into our own membership for a few demonstrations next year! This is your chance!


    PLEASE let me know if you are planning on attending! All are welcome...guild members and non-members!!!! We are all blacksmiths!!!!!!
    [email protected]

    Peyton


  2. Waterjets will also create some warping. I ran two jets for a while cutting a lot of materials from aluminum to brass, bronze, copper, mild steel, and stainless.

    The mild steel and stainless both would want to buck up off the table while cutting. 60,000psi of water and abrasive causes some heat to occur while cutting. I used to run the 2nd shift and would cut out the lights on the floor to save some energy on big jobs and you can see a glow following the cut....pretty cool to see happen...

    Also waterjets do couse somewhat of a bevel when cutting a radius unless the operator puts in some compensations for it....it is not much but could affect the outcome depending on your tolerences. I think about all cuts do that no matter what...not sure though. Can only speak for what I have seen first hand.

    Just my .02......loved the waterjet. One of the cooler jobs I have ever had.
    Peyton


  3. The fire pot was one of the long knife maker SOFA fire pots. The forge was square in shape lined with fire bricks to get a deep enough fire. The coke was industrial coke brought in for the demo. ...oh and a big elec. blower!!!! From what I heard from several people there and from the looks of it they pretty much melted the fire pot!

    I agree with Dave. I am sure Roger will have a good video well worth the cash!

    Peyton


  4. I was lucky with the pictures...

    I believe the tool steel plate was a piece of 1045....not sure though. But that sticks out in my brain. I know they punched the hardy and pritchel(?....I know the hardy hole for sure). They also used a flatter to even up the face somewhat....

    The anvil was auctioned off Saturday night and one of the SOFA guys won it. All those who helped stamped their initials into it and also the date it happened.

    I wish I had a few more coins in my pocket that night because that is a great piece of modern history for all of us. And I would have loved to have put that into our Blacksmith School for display...

    Peyton


  5. I posted a couple more photos....

    One is of Richard Postman "warming" us up on the history of forging the anvil based on his research for his book(s) while the anvil heated up. That was, to me, just as cool as welding the anvil. Guess that comes with beng a history teacher...

    I took a few at the beginning up high. There were no seats left so I scaled the back of the grandstands and held onto the rafters shooting with one hand for as long as my back would allow. I think for the first two tries. It took 4 to make it stick.

    Then I snuck down in front and laid down on the floor for the rest of the shots. That was really cool! I will remember that experience for many years to come!

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    Peyton


  6. I posted a couple of photos in the gallery of the Friday night anvil forge weld at Quad State.

    The guys striking are: Sheldon Browder and Steve Mankowski from Colonial Williamsburg, and Mark Gardner from Illinois. 3 of the weekend's demonstrators. I had talked with Mark about this about a month or so before when he and Mindy were at the school teaching their repousee class...

    I was lucky to have a good spot to take a few photos. I had about 250 or so...these were the more exciting ones.

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    Peyton


  7. I have a jig that makes the curls...and hooks symmetrical everytime. There are about 100 variations with several interchangable pins.

    PM me if you are interested in more info on it.

    I do like the style. Something I have not seen before and will put in my memory banks for later use!

    Nicely done!
    Peyton


  8. Hi all.
    Just spent some time with Mark while he was here for our Hammer In and class at the Yesteryear School. The class ended today and I had the pleasure of "sitting in" Monday to hear his lectures on the beginnings of the joinery project for the class.

    I did not get to see the demo much for the Hammer In due to the obligatory presidential "running around like a chicken with its head cut off" routine I usually do. There were some good photos taken and sent in to me for the guild site. the event gallery on the guild site is full of 'em if you are interested...

    But back to the class experience...
    I did not forge any, but listened as much as possible. I got a few things from his talks.
    1. Mark is every bit a Master smith. I have never seen a demo, read a book, or heard a lecture more in tune with the true essence of blacksmithing.

    2. The way he explains things and forges is based on true experience. He makes it a point to explain how "he" does it...not how it should be done. I find that to be a trap a lot of people get into.

    3. Looking at his new book...I would say it is better than the first. I am saving up now to buy it.

    4. I picked up some of the best insight on his tool making...not from the tool steel he uses, or the shape of the working end, but how he flattens an area below the striking surface to be able to hold it with a lighter grip. A fantastic idea and truly something I will now do.

    5. There were no "smoke and mirrors" moments. He presented the material in a way that everyone could gain something from it.

    ...there are a lot more things too...

    I just wanted to express to everyone to try and get a chance to see Mark demo if you can. Or take a class with him. He is an extremely nice guy and certainly one of the most knowledgeable people in this field that I have ever run across...

    Wish you guys coulda been there...
    Peyton


  9. ~NEXT MEETING~
    October 17th

    Where: Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing
    15421 FIVE FORKS RD. AMELIA VA 23002
    TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Demonstrator: DALE MORSE
    Topic: Yellin style Quadrafoil
    LUNCH: Hot Dogs will be sold
    Reminders:
    IRON IN THE HAT! and bring a chair!

    IRON IN THE HAT INCENTIVE!!!
    $10.00 = 10 Tickets
    $20.00 = 30 Tickets
    $30.00 = 40 Tickets
    $40.00 = 50 Tickets
    $50.00 = 75 Tickets
    ...if you look closely you can find an even better deal within what is listed... RSVP To: Peyton Anderson [email protected] or 434-390-6203

    !!!SHOW AND TELL!!!
    We are going to have a table at the meeting for anyone to bring any of their work to show off. This is a great opportunity for you to show off your skills and help others learn too!