primtechsmith

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  1. Looking like Quad State will be the place where we will not only unveil Mike's new tooling....but also several classes scheduled for 2010! Some will be historical remakes of artifacts!!!

    QS is always a great time! I am really excited. These few days are always better than Christmas for me.

    Peyton


  2. 4th Annual Yesteryear Hammer In

    September 4-5 2009

    MARK ASPERY => DEMONSTRATOR
    "I started to forge metal in the metalwork room of my high school in the UK in 1974, it was my third year at high school. I developed a great passion for the work, not as one would expect, out of an artistic bent, but out of a love of physically making the steel move. The ability to shape metals at heat, with their plastic qualities fascinated me. Upon leaving high school I started as a blacksmith with Charles Watts and Sons, Rugby, UK.

    It was during this time that I found out that making metal move and controlling the movement are two very separate skills. Not then calling myself an artist, I dabbled in natural forms as I continued with traditional designs. I enjoy the Art Nouveau and the Craftsman styles. As time went on I found myself working for other smiths that had developed a style that was very organic in design, come stylized, some literal. At this time I was exposed to nonferrous metals, such as bronze and copper. My own style now is one of a semi-literal, flowing representation of the natural world. I prefer to use traditional methods of joinery in my commissions, where the design and budget allows."

    Mark is also the author of the widely renowned book:


  3. I will be there set up with a forge lit and demonstrating some of Mike's tooling like usual...this year there is something fresh out of the R&D dept. of Mike's brain and machine shop too...

    You can also hear Roger D.(781) a mile a way...."Blacksmith Videos...5 dollars...."

    Anyone there look for the "Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing" and "Blacksmith Guild of Virginia" banner. I will be there. Come by and see me.....it will be good to see some of you again and meet new guys and gals too!

    Peyton


  4. We also have a raffle that will take place for a Doug Merkel 3# cross pien forged hammer. This is a Hofi style hammer that is well balanced and great quality. It comes with paperwork and everything. I have a photo of it posted on the guild site. He has stamped the hammer in and year into the hammer....so it is a one of a kind!!!!!!

    Peyton


  5. ~NEXT MEETING~
    SATURDAY JULY 18, 2009

    Where: Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing
    1918 West Virginia Ave. Crewe Virginia 23930
    TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Demonstrator: JERRY DARNELL
    Topic: COLONIAL HARDWARE

    "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
    When: JULY 17th
    Time: 5pm-9pm
    Open forge time at the school to work on a project, make something for Iron in the Hat, or just play around with other smiths hanging out for guidance. This also will give our "traveling smiths" something more when making the trip in for the meeting! This will happen the Friday before EVERY meeting! Who knows this could be a chance to get some free tutorials from professional and veteran smiths there! Come by and forge...or just hang out!
    Cost: $35.00 to the Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing to pay for the materials used. You can bring your steel or purchase some at the school. Let us know if you are interested and we can get you all ready! [email protected]


    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!

    Everyone is always welcome! Looking forward to seeing some of you for one of the country's best colonial smiths!

    Peyton


  6. Well,
    I just sold my house and am buying a bigger one. Also having to buy a bigger mower....And Sarah is looking at a new car in a few months once we settle into everything. We were able to get out of our house with what we needed to get the other one and get up and started.

    To me...from where I sit things are looking a little better.

    At least I am doing my part to pick it back up! HA!

    Peyton


  7. Hello all,
    I just wanted to touch base with everybody and wish you all a happy and safe Memorial Day Holiday here in the USA! I would also like to say a special thank you to any of the IFI members and guests out there who have served or are serving our country. Without your sacrifice and willingness to serve we would not be able to assemble every month to enjoy blacksmithing!

    I have posted a photo and note on the main page of our guild site for the upcoming holiday. Please check it out and forward the link to anyone serving or who has served so we can share our appreciation with them as well.
    Blacksmith Guild of Viriginia - Home

    Best regards,
    Peyton

    Here is a link for anyone curious on the holiday: Memorial Day History


  8. ~NEXT MEETING~
    SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2009

    Where: Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing
    1918 West Virginia Ave. Crewe Virginia 23930

    TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Demonstrator: DOUG MERKEL
    Topic: COLONIAL LIGHTING AND COOKWARE

    "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
    When: JUNE 19th
    Time: 5pm-9pm
    Open forge time at the school to work on a project, make something for Iron in the Hat, or just play around with other smiths hanging out for guidance. This also will give our "traveling smiths" something more when making the trip in for the meeting! This will happen the Friday before EVERY meeting! Who knows this could be a chance to get some free tutorials from professional and veteran smiths there! Come by and forge...or just hang out!
    Cost: $35.00 to the Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing to pay for the materials used. You can bring your steel or purchase some at the school. Let us know if you are interested and we can get you all ready! [email protected]

    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!


    We would love to have anyone come and join the fun on the 20th!
    Peyton


  9. Mike had a request to teach a one day intro class on Friday May 15th. He
    is going to do it and I asked him if we could put this out to the members
    as an opportunity to enhance the meeting! He said yes!

    So:
    Anyone interested in taking the intro class with Mike OR having some "open
    forge" time to work on a project(s) can totally sign up for the class
    rate. I personally am hoping we get a few people to sign up so I can call
    in sick to work and come assist!
    All day forging/class: 100.00
    Materials Fee: 35.00(pays for the coal used)
    Total cost: $135.00 for a full day of forging at the school to practice,
    work on something with another smith there to give suggestions, or even to
    learn and practice the basics! Bring anything you want to work on or
    material(can also buy it there).

    Let me know if you are interested in this chance. This might make it a
    little more worth the trip for those members who are coming from far away!

    The meeting is on the 16th!
    Clay Smith!!!!!!!!


  10. Big Blu also sells a similar type of hammer. There was a link in a post a few above mine....but it mysteriously disappeared when someone made a "url correction"....hmmm. Weird.

    I have never used a Hofi or Big Blu....I have heard people being happy with both.

    Peyton


  11. We are going to have Clay Smith come and demo for us on May 16th. He is going to do a gunsmithing demo. He used to work at Williamsburg in the Gun Shop and leaned under Wallace Gusler. He is now out on his own making guns....There is a photo on his website of him and one of the guys from "Last of the Mohicans" holding a gun he made for him.

    I am excited about the demo!
    Clay Smith Go there and look around. He has some beautiful stuff!

    Peyton


  12. ~NEXT MEETING~



    SATURDAY MAY 16, 2009




    Where: Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing
    1918 West Virginia Ave. Crewe Virginia 23930
    TIME: 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Topic: CRASH COURSE IN GUNSMITHING...GUN BARRELS, BUTT PLATES, AND MUCH MORE!!!

    Demonstrator:

    Clay Smith



    clays_guns.jpg

    Reminders: IRON IN THE HAT! and bring a chair!




    RSVP To: Peyton Anderson [email protected] or 434-390-6203

    FREE TO ATTEND! ALL ARE WELCOME! MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS...We would love to have you join us!