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Berkley Tack March 2017

Mentoring Center Demonstration

Berkley Tack: Scroll Jigs and their use, and heat treating

Photographs by Dan Bowyer

Terry Carson April 2017

Mentoring Center Demonstration

Terry Carson: Handles, Hooks and Door Pulls

Photographs by Dan Bowyer

Mini Maker Faire

Calling all makers!

Whether you work with tech, crafts, cars, robots, sculpture, robots, mad science, or something in between, we want to show it off at the 2017 Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

We’re seeking makers of all ages including individuals, hobbyist groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Think about what your exhibit space will require to run
  • Provide good photos or video content, if available
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about something (contact us at makerfaire@MoPOP.org)

For examples of projects, visit our Makers page or browse the archive.

See you at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire September 16-17 at MoPOP.

Application Deadline: June 26, 2017

Become a Sponsor page for more information.

Here are just a few of the things we’re looking for:

  • Robotics
  • Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Drones & RC Fun
  • Homesteader & Domestic Arts
  • Kinetic, Fire & Installation Art
  • Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
  • Open Hardware Projects
  • Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
  • Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Foundry & Blacksmithing
  • How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
  • Electronic Projects
  • Textiles and Arts and Crafts
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Puppets
  • Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is a 10’ x 10′ outdoor space.  If you need more space for your exhibit or project, please let us know. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something.

Performances, presentations, or workshops receive 10, 20, and 30 minute time slots.  These can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations. Any maker-spirited entertainers may apply to perform at Seattle Mini Maker Faire.

ABANA Conference 2018 Poster Contest Voting

2018 Conference – Poster Contest

Click here for Contest Rules

Voting has started and ends July 15, 2017
How can you vote?

Anyone can vote. You will need an email invitation to vote. These invitations will be sent to all who are signed up to receive Emails though ABANA’s Constant Contact and have opted to receive ABANA News and Announcements.

Scroll to the bottom of this (or any ABANA website page) and select the White Sign Up Now button, and follow the instructions that will require you to enter your email address, name and as a minimum your City, State, Country, and Zip/Postal Code. Be sure to select: ABANA News and Announcements.

Once you have signed up you should receive an email invitation to vote after the submission deadline or within one day if you sign up for Constant Contact after voting begins. Once you vote, if you don’t want to receive any additional emails from ABANA Constant Contact, you can click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the Voting Invitation Email or any other Constant Contact email you receive from ABANA.

 

2017-2 Hot Iron News

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Arnon Kartmazov: Lightweight Tongs

Arnon Kartmazov was the guest instructor for October 2016 4th Saturday event at the mentoring center in Longview. His Bridgetown Forge in North Portland welcomes visitors but does require a phone call setting an appointment (503-804- 1524) rather than just dropping in. Please check the Forge website for classes and product off erings. A mix of Uri Hofi (Israel) and traditional Japanese cutlery training have created a unique blend of techniques and the system that he presents, is not claimed to be anything more than what he does and what works for him. His systems have developed over a long period of study and practical application but are always growing and evolving; always open to a better idea or process.

read the whole article in the pdf below: 

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Nitzan Lilie: decorative spiral, various animal heads, and flowers

From November 12, 2016 Mentoring Center Demonstration  Photos by Dan Bowyer

A pictorial essay of Nitzan Lilie’s demonstration:
Working bar stock into a decorative spiral, various animal heads, and flowers…

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Longview Outdoor Gallery

Beautifying Longview 

The Longview Outdoor Gallery program was inspired by the Visual Arts Commission trip to see the Puyallup, Washington outdoor gallery in 2009. A small task force started and has increased over the years. The City Council made a resolution to support the project and citizens and organizations have been supporting this important program.

Our Mission:
Provide a rotating exhibit of outdoor sculptures in historic downtown Longview and acquire new pieces for the City of Longview’s permanent art collection.

Our Vision:
Enhance the beauty of our community and attract more visitors and citizens to the downtown area.

Increase community involvement through volunteer programs, student education, tours, festivals, and other activities.

YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM!

Artists contribute sculptures to be installed at various public spaces in the city of Longview.  The pieces remain on display for approximately 2 years. At the end of the 2 years the public votes on which 1 or two sculptures to purchase for the city of Longview. The city or donors fund the purchases.  Our very own Berkley Tack installs/welds the sculptures in place.  During the loan period your sculptural work can be for sale to the public.

Visit the Longview Outdoor Garden website for more information and to see the previous and current exhibits.

Contact in Longview: Janeen LeRay  360-414-3103
or NWBA contact: Billy O (Ottaviani)  360-701-8451

 

Bill Apple February 2017

Mentoring Center Demonstration

Bill Apple: hammer handle install, hinges, and door pulls.

Photographs by Dean Mook

Local Blacksmiths Star in ‘Forged in Fire’

Local blacksmith Nick Marcelja of Red Troll Forge crushed the competition in the “Forged in Fire” Episode that aired on April 11, 2017.  NWBA invited Nick to demonstrate at our Mentoring Center in July 2016, where he demonstrated blade making.  You can watch the entire episode HERE.

And, coming up next week, April 18, 2017, our very own Rashelle Hams will be competing on the show as well.  Tune in Tuesdays, 9/8c pm on the History Channel. 

GO RASHELLE, we are cheering for you!!

Conference Galleries

Mentoring Center Demonstrations

President’s Message 1st Quarter 2017

Hello, Everyone!

Each year elections bring changes to the Board of Directors. Sometimes the changes are big and sometimes small. This year we needed 4 Directors but had only three names on the ballot. John Paul has agreed to accept appointment to the vacant seat. We need no less than five nominations for next 2017. Do expect to hear from our Elections Committee as we earnestly seek out candidates!

As always, PLEASE DO let your Board of Directors know how we may better serve YOU the membership! Feel free to contact any board member with questions or ideas. Our contact info is inside the front cover.

Here are just a few of the excellent ideas Members just like you have brought forth:

Bringing back the Potluck at our Conference; Taking our Archives to the public with travelling displays; Using the Mentoring Center not only for teaching and learning smith craft, but teaching and learning how to demonstrate; Holding an event this coming October.

That’s right; there will be a special event in October! Long time NWBA members Andrea and Dave Lisch have, for many years, hosted the Blacksmith’s Swap Meet under the bridge where their shop was. They’ve moved, of course. They also tell us the area under the bridge has had changes and no longer works for a swap meet. The NWBA will be helping to fill this void with an event in October. This won’t be a Conference, but it will be fun! In addition to opportunities to haggle and trade, there will be demonstrations and open forge time in the Mentoring Center. Look for details in this and future issues of the Hot Iron News and also on our Website (blacksmith.org).

The NWBA Conference is right around the corner (May 12 through 14 – Save the date!)

We’ll need help at the Registration desk, especially in the mornings. We also need volunteers for late-evening fire-watch. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Peggy Gudgell, and offer your help with these details! (You’ll find her contact information on the inside of the front cover.)

Speaking of details, you can find plenty beginning on page 11 of this issue of the Hot Iron News.

Don’t forget the County Fair in July (26th-29th)! We’ll be re-arranging the Mentoring Center to accommodate the public. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Peggy, and let her know which day you would like to greet the public.

Stay Inspired!

-Lee Cordochorea

(You pronounce that just like it’s spelled.)

NWBA President

 

2017-1 Hot Iron News

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NWBA Conference 2017 Schedule

Repousse All Day Friday and Saturday

Black Smoke Alley Open All Day Every Day
(individuals set up forges and demonstrate and work, often a great hands on opportunity)

FRIDAY MAY 12th

  • 8:00 a.m. registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Main demonstrator David Lisch
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. Main demonstrator Maegan Crowley techniques with tubing
  • 1:00-4:00p.m. hands on demonstrator (let you know)
  • 6:00 P.M. POTLUCK!!!!!!!!
  • Bring some meat and a side to share, a grill will be provided.
  • 7:00 p.m. Eagle Eye Competition to be announced PRIZES!!
  • Midnight Madness!!

 

SATURDAY MAY 13th

  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 main demonstrator David Lisch
  • 9:00a.m.-12:00 hands on demonstrator Arnon Kartmazov (let you know what he is making)
  • 12:00-1:00p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:00-4:00p.m. Main demonstrator Maegan Crowley tubing
  • 1:00-4:00p.m. hands on demonstrator (let you know)
  • 4:00-5:00p.m. Metallurgy class in mentoring center by Arnon Kartmazov
  • 6:30 p.m. Banquet and General Meeting – everyone welcome
  • After Banquet:
    Eagle Eye Competition to be announced Prizes
  • Midnight Madness!

SUNDAY MAY 14th

  • Bronze pour demo by Matt Moore
  • Conference Break-Down

Registration Now Open

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NWBA Conference 2017 Registration

NWBA CONFERENCE 2017     
Shapes and Patterns

May 12-14, 2017

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN (until MAY 1st, 2017)
 YOU MAY REGISTER AT THE CONFERENCE, BUT BANQUET AND T-SHIRTS MUST BE PREORDERED.
Shirts and banquet tickets may be available but not guaranteed.
  T-SHIRT ORDERING AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 1st

Prefer to send it in the mail?  PRINTABLE PDF REGISTRATION FORM

DO NOT MAIL IN REGISTRATION AFTER April 28th , 2017

MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED: All conference attendees are required to be current NWBA members (or household members of a member.)
Please add Membership Fees to your conference registration if you are not currently a member.

Camping Fees will be paid at the registration desk when you arrive at the conference.
Trailer Hookups w/ water and electric: $15 per night
Dry camping in the Tent Barn, and outdoor camping: $5 per night

The shopping cart appears on the right when something has been added. 
Add all the items you need for the conference and check out when you have added everything.

Conference Fees:

Household is a Member and the members of their household, same residence.

3-Day Individual, $90

3-Day Household, $115 

1-Day Individual, $65 

1-Day Household, $80

Banquet Dinners:

Change Quantity in the Shopping Cart to purchase more than one dinner

 

T-Shirts:

Men’s Sizes:

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NWBA Membership:

By Submitting Payment for NWBA Membership you agree to the following RELEASE OF LIABILITY:

US Resident membership, $60 per year:

Foreign Resident membership, $70 per year:


 

NWBA Election 2016 Results

The results of the 2016 elections of officers to serve in 2017 were as follows:
68 Ballots Returned.
Votes Tallied:
Running Candidates:
Peggy Gudgell 64
Steve McGrew 63
Jeff Cawley 62

Write-Ins:
John Paul 9
Jim Garrett 9
Dave Lisch 3
Joe Elliot 2
Morgan Kirk 1
Scott Szolch 1
Tim Middaugh 1
Alan Flashing 1
Dean Mook 1
Reece Whitacre 1
Matt Moore 1

The Board of Directors met on January 28th, 2017 and determined the winners from the write-in ballots, and elected officers.
John Paul agreed to serve as a board director.
Jim Garrett declined to run and will continue as chair of the Elections Committee.
No other write-ins added to the board.

2017 NWBA Board of Directors:

Lee Cordochorea – President
Kellen Bateham – Vice President
Jim von Mosch – Treasurer
Secretary – Peggy Gudgell
Directors at large: Jeff Cawley, Hunter Dahlberg, Lynn Gledhill, Steve McGrew, and John Paul.

Andy Blakney January 2017

Mentoring Center Demonstration

Andy Blakney treated us to a great demonstration of production style hand forged tongs.  In just over 2 hours Andy forged 4 sets of tongs, 4 different bit styles. Look for an article coming out in the Hot Iron News 2017 Quarter 1, due out mid March.  

Photographs by Dan Bowyer

President’s Message 4th Quarter 2016

Hello, Everyone!
    The NWBA Conference is ON TRACK for May 12 through 14. (Save the date!) We’ll have a Friday potluck dinner, of course, in addition to Saturday’s banquet. There will be forging contests with prizes. Our repousse station will be open as usual. Randy Cryderman will provide a bronze-pouring demonstration on Sunday morning. We’ll have dandy hands-on classes. And naturally we’ll have our spectacular headliner demonstrators, Dave Lisch and Maegan Crowley!
Be thinking about your auction item! It doesn’t have to be big or fancy to help out the cause. Most of last year’s auction was comprised of smaller-ticket items, and the auction was highly successful. Our gallery will be available for showing off your special pieces. Gallery and Auction display will once again share the space with our NWBA Library.
It wouldn’t really be a Conference without Tailgaiting. This year, we’ll be asking a 10% fee for items other than tools and materials. For example, if I’m selling sucker rod or tongs, I’ll pay no fee, but if I sell wall-art I would contribute 10% of receipts to the NWBA. This will be on the honor system, and our treasurer will happily provide a receipt.
Please do consider volunteering to help out with the Conference! We’ll need help at the Registration desk, especially in the mornings. We also need volunteers for late-evening fire-watch. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and offer your help with these details! (You’ll find her contact information on the inside of the front cover.)
Since you’re thinking of volunteering (you ARE thinking of volunteering, right?) The Mentoring Center is still in need of some Registrars and some Coordinators. Registrars will greet folk, accept the daily fees, and record attendance. Coordinators will make sure materials and consumables are stocked, make sure repairs and maintenance take place, and draw up schedules for our volunteers.
In the meantime, be looking for your ballots in December. We’ll be voting to fill four seats on the Board of Directors. In January, the new board will meet, determine who is to fill which of the offices, and will continue working on your behalf. PLEASE DO let us know how we can achieve that goal more completely! Feel free to contact any board member with questions or ideas. Our contact info is inside the front cover.
Stay Inspired!
-Lee Cordochorea
(You pronounce that just like it’s spelled.)

2016-4 Hot Iron News

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