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New England Blacksmiths meet May 17-19

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Hi everyone,

The NEB spring meet is coming up.  Should be a good one.  For photos,the full flier and registration form go to the NEB website here http://www.newenglandblacksmiths.org/2013SpringMeet.pdf


There is camping allowed on site, and please note that you need to be a NEB member to attend but it's only $20 for membership, you can buy one at the door.  It's required by our insurance.  



The New England Blacksmiths Invite you to
NEB Spring 2013 Meeting

To discover, to help

May 17-19, 2013 at Morrell Metalsmiths, Featuring Toby Hickman


About Toby Hickman

Toby Hickman has been blacksmithing since 1970. He has been forging on self-contained pneumatic hammers since 1981 when he bought his first Nazel 2B Forging Hammer. He owned and operated Waylan Smithy outside of Petaluma, California from 1973 until he sold it lock, stock, and barrel, in the summer of 2002. He then opened his current shop, lost Coast Forge, on the Mendocino Coast of California.

For the New England Blacksmiths, he will be working three days: Friday, (a separate work- shop with a separate fee), a hammer workshop teaching basic hammer skills, freehand forg- ing, and the use and forging of hand-held tools. Saturday, with the help of a striker, he will forge a few flowers of different forging flavors. In the afternoon on Saturday, he will move on to surface chasing in steel plate. Sunday he will demonstrate the Habermann approach to repousse in copper as he has come to use it.






1:00 – 5:00 pm  Registration in the Morrell Metalsmiths showroom  Open forge in Teaching Tent, John D’Abate monitor

4:00—5:00 pm  Board of Directors Meeting @ Food Tent 

5:00 – 6:30 pm  Potluck Dinner 

6:30—8:00 pm  Slides with Toby in Shop


7:00 – on going  Registration in the Morrell Metalsmiths showroom

8:00 – 10:00 am  Complementary Coffee and Refreshments Registration@ Showroom

9:00 – noon  Open Forge at the Teaching Tent  Toby Hickman Demonstrations in Shop

Noon – 1:00 pm  Catered lunch in Food Tent 

1:00 – 4:30 pm  Demonstrations continue at the Pavilion

5:00--6:00 pm  Drawing for the Swage Block and Iron-in-the-Hat 

6:00 – 7:00 pm  Pig Roast @ the Food Tent

7:00 – 8:00 pm  Membership Meeting and Auction

8:00 – 9:00  Contest! Three-man teams, Project TBA—only equipment needed is hammer and tongs


7:00 – on going  Complementary Coffee and Refreshments

8:00 – noon  Open forge at teaching tent

 9:00 – noon  Demonstrations

Noon – 1:00 pm  Catered lunch

1:00-2:30 pm  Q&A with Toby Hickman

3:00 pm  Begin Breakdown—Help if you can!


Additional Information:

Potluck Dinner Friday: At 5:00 Friday, we’ll enjoy a meal in the old-fashioned pot-luck style. Please bring

your own meat, and a side dish to share, and we’ll provide the grills!

A note about Iron in the Hat: NEB is happy to provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes for your donation. All we need is to have the monetary value of the item you are donating. Thanks you!

Special Safety note: Safety glasses MUST be work at all demonstrations and at the Teaching Tent!


N.E.B. 2013 Spring Meet at Morrell Metalsmiths


Fee Schedule for the Spring 2013 Meet *Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!* Late fees apply after May 10, 2013

NEB member (adult or youth): $60 ($10 late fee)

Includes lunch and dinner Saturday, & lunch on Sunday

Spouse & children over 10 (not attending demo): $25 ($5 late fee)

Includes lunch and dinner Saturday, & lunch on Sunday

Children under 10: FREE

Includes lunch and dinner Saturday, & lunch on Sunday

NEB member/Saturday day visitor: $40 ($7 late fee)

Includes Saturday lunch & dinner

NEB member/Sunday day visitor: $25 ($5 late fee)Includes Sunday lunch


Area Accommodations

Kenburn Orchards B&B (4 miles from meet)

*Three rooms available at the rate of $159. He will serve an early breakfast to accommodate the meet. Please book online if you are interested.

Dancing Bear B&B (5 miles from meet)
413-625-9281 or 413-625-2496
*Beautiful rooms, one room with two twin beds available, if sharing is desired.

Days Inn (7 miles from meet)
Hampton Inn (7 miles from meet)
Free Wi-Fi, Heated pool, free breakfast

Quality Inn (7 miles from meet)
Free breakfast included

Places of Interest

Poet’s Seat Tower
Mt. Sugarloaf—a great place for a hike and/or a picnic, just a few miles south on I-91.
Magic Wings —especially for families with kids, a great way to spend the afternoon. Take a drive and see a beautiful atrium full of butterflies. Truly spectacular!
Northampton, MA—enjoy shopping? Take a drive down I-91 to Northampton. Many boutique stores to explore and eateries to try.
Shelburne Falls, MA —A few miles west on Rt. 2. Walk the beautiful Bridge of Flowers, check out the Glacial Potholes, and browse many different artistic stores downtown, including Josh Simpson’s Salmon Falls Gallery.


Morrell Metalsmiths, 205 Greenfield Rd, Colrain, MA 01340

From I-91: Take Exit 26 in Greenfield, MA, then take Rte 2 West for 3.5 miles, and turn right onto Col- rain/Shelburne Rd. Morrell Metalsmiths is 3.5 miles on the left.

From Wilmington, VT: Travel South on Rte 100. In Jacksonville, turn left onto Rte 112 to Colrain Cen- ter. Bear left on Greenfield Rd. Morrell Metalsmiths is 1.5 miles on the right.

From New York: Take Rte 2 East through Shelburne, MA. At Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters, turn left onto Colrain/Shelburne Rd. Morrell Metalsmiths is 3.5 miles on the left.



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