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July 29, 2017 NWBA Board Meeting Minutes

Attached are the minutes as approved from the July 29, 2017 board meeting in Longview, WA.

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Mark Aspery Workshop 2018 Registration

Register for the Mark Aspery Workshop to be held at the NWBA Mentoring Center March 27-29, 2018

Dates: Tuesday, March 27th through Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 9-4 with a lunch break.
Location: NWBA Mentoring Center, 1900 7th Avenue Longview, WA
Cost: $350 per student,  $125 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space.
Audit option: $50 per day, payable at the door the day of the event.

This class is limited to 8 participants.  

To be put on a wait list email: nwbainfo@gmail.com  with your name and contact information. 

The class is now full. Auditing option is still available. 

1-Day Audit (Change quantity in Shopping Cart to add days) 

 

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NWBA Conference 2018 Schedule

This is a tentative schedule, updates will be posted as available.

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 11th

  • 8:00 a.m. registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Main demonstrator 
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. Main demonstrator 
  • 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 
  • 9:00a.m.-12:00 hands on demonstrator 
  • 12:00-1:00p.m. LUNCH
  • 1:00-4:00p.m. Main demonstrator 
  • 1:00-4:00p.m. hands on demonstrator 
  • 6:30 p.m. Banquet and General Meeting – everyone welcome
  • After Banquet:
    Competition to be announced… Prizes
  • Midnight Madness!

SUNDAY MAY 14th

  • To Be Announced
  • Conference Break-Down

Registration Now Open

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2017-4 Hot Iron News

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NWBA Election 2017 Candidates

This year we have six excellent candidates offering time, energy, talent and organizational skills to the continuity of our group. There are 5 positions open, with 6 nominees and a space for a write-in candidate vote. Please participate and cast your ballot for the five volunteers you feel best represent what you think the NWBA should become as we grow and move forward.

Positions are a two year term, 2018 & 2019

Kellen Bateham

MISSION STATEMENT-
I have been a serving board member for two years now and have spent the last year of that as Vice President. As I see it, there are two halves of the NWBA: Conferences and the Mentoring Center.
CONFERENCES- I’m a conference guy and absolutely love to see them go off well. I feel that with the occasional exception, they have been getting better every year recently. Adding Swaptoberfest to the schedule really filled a void for us and I want to work to make it a Fall staple for us and the tool selling community. The Spring Conference is already running fairly smoothly and I would work to maintain that as well as expand on aspects like competitions and merchandise. Planning these events and having boots on the ground during them would be my main focus if I am reelected.
MENTORING CENTER- I live a little too far away to make many of the mentoring center events and would expect that trend to continue for me. I do feel that it is time for a change in how it is ran and managed though. If the NWBA is committed to the success of the Mentoring Center it is time to hire and pay someone to manage it. When we needed the website and the HIN to run smoother we hired Amy Mook (who does an outstanding job!) to solve our problems. This is no different. If reelected I would advocate for making this happen.
BIO- I currently live and work as a Sole Occupation Blacksmith in Bend, Oregon with my son Silas and my dog Doon. Beyond the NWBA I am also on the Board of Directors for CCAC on Mt. Hood, where I am working towards expanding craftsman programs, helping to put on events like Blacksmith Week, and acting as liaison between the NWBA and CCAC. I am also the Education Czar for the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild (COMAG).
Cheers and happy forgings,
Kellen Bateham

Lee Cordochorea

In my opinion, the real job of a director of the NWBA is twofold. A director must serve the best interests of the collective general membership. A director must impliment the Association’s Mission Statement. I have not always been successful at these. Not always.
I do think I’ve done a good job overall. If you agree, please consider voting for me to continue for a third and final term.
Whether you think I’ve done a good job or not, PLEASE consider running for the board of directors yourself next year! Serving on the board is the single best way I know of to insure the continuing success of this terrific Association.
Lee Cordochorea

Silas Maddox

In the early 2000’s my first real exposure to blacksmithing was attending an NWBA conference in Mt. Vernon. This was a life altering experience. I was already hooked on metalworking but had little idea of what blacksmithing was. The energy and enthusiasm at those first few conferences that I attended nudged my path in life and led me to the road that I currently travel.
After travelling the country to train and work with different smiths I ended up back in the Northwest working for blacksmiths in Seattle and eventually opening my own business, Forge & Nail, in 2011. I have since moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA where I am self employed doing architectural blacksmithing and assorted other pursuits.
The NWBA gave me the exposure to blacksmithing that started my journey and has provided me with some of my best friends and access to some of my blacksmithing heroes. I figure it is time to pay it forward and help to keep the NWBA the best and most active blacksmith association in the land.
Thank you,
Silas Maddox

Paul Thorne

Dear Friends,
During the Spring Conference I was nominated to serve on the NWBA board. The NWBA is very special to me and I can’t imagine what my career would have been without it. I have been a fulltime smith for 35 years and a member of NWBA since 1988. Most of my work is interior architectural/ sculptural in nature. Many of you celebrated these good years with me and helped me through the lean ones. You are my core friends. Thank you.
We live in confusing times. I believe that there is a strong desire from the pubic, particularly young people, to learn smithing and to get in touch with a worthwhile life focus. During the last few years I’ve refocused my work into teaching and tapping into the expertise of other smiths. If elected, I would like to focus on education and training.
Paul Thorne
thornemetals.com

David Tuthill

I’ve been a member of the NWBA since around 1995. In that time I’ve had varied levels of involvement, and have seen a lot of changes- some good and some not so good. One thing that has not changed, has been the need for a core group of people both professional and non professional, to keep the club moving forward. I served on the board in the early 2000’s just prior to our groups journey into the dark ages. I’m happy to see that we have mostly recovered from that episode, and thanks to the determination of some of the board members that followed that chapter, there have been some new and exciting things taking place.
By re-joining the board, I hope to help generate even more momentum, so that we can not only continue growing as a group, but also meet a much bigger challenge, which is to create events that are higher profile, involve the public, and bring a more modernized and contemporary perspective into our unique and amazing craft. I am of the opinion that this would benefit professionals and part-timers alike, by challenging many of us to get out of our comfort zones, and try new things. In my numerous conversations with smiths and other tradespeople both in our country and abroad, there have been a number of parallel themes. One that stands out for me, is that ultimately it is up to us as blacksmiths and designers to understand the ideals and esthetics that come with todays architectural trends. If we can’t speak their language, we are doomed. Likewise, we must know how to communicate to our clients, both literally, and physically to show that we are up to the task of participating in the dialog of contemporary architecture, sculpture, or what have you, and be a relevant part of the conversation.
As both a participant and an observer, I have numerous thoughts on how we can implement some of these concepts as a group. However, it will take a concentrated and coordinated effort between our board and our membership to see these things come to fruition. Among the ideas that I have are bringing more interdisciplinary craftspeople into the loop at conferences, so that we have an opportunity to gain perspective on how our work can interact with the work of others. Also in the forefront of my mind is how to tackle the challenges associated with involving the public either at our conferences, or by bringing a group, or groups of smiths to events that could support the building and completion of sculptural work that would be for permanent public display. We have so much potential as a craft and as an art form, and though I have seen some things moving forward over the years, I believe that we still need to be wary of stagnation if we are going to keep going in this world. Let us make our presence known!
Thank you,
David

Jim von Mosch

I am Jim Von Mosch, and have been the NWBA treasurer for this term. There are a lot of details to the treasurer’s job and a long learning curve. I have met some of my goals, not so much on others. I am interested in serving a second term in order to complete these goals in order to pass on to future treasurers a turn-key system of record keeping and budgeting.
Thank you for your support.
Jim von Mosch

NWBA Elections 2017 ballots are in the mail, you should receive yours by mid-December.
If you are a current NWBA member and you do not received your ballot please contact Jim Garrett, the Election Committee Chairman, nimba@olympus.net

RETURN YOUR BALLOTS POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

Darryl Nelson Forging a Ram’s Head Tomahawk

Swaptoberfest 2017 Demonstration

 

Bridgetown Forge

Bridgetown Forge
Email: arnon@bridgetownforge.com
Website: www.bridgetownforge.com
Phone: 503-804-1524
Location: 1812 North Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR, 97217
  
Bridgetown Forge has been established by its owner and operator, Arnon Kartmazov.  Arnon has spent 12 years in Japan, where he has apprenticed to a knife -maker, and then a sword-maker, prior to establishing his own smithy in the hills of Northen Kyoto. Arnon has arrived in Portland in 2000, and has been at the same location ever since.  He counts Uri Hofi of Israel as one of his main teachers, as well as Ashli Hiroshi of Japan. 

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2017-3 Hot Iron News

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Blacksmith Week 2017 Gallery

Blacksmith Week 2017, at Government Camp, Mt. Hood Oregon.

Photos are taken by Amy Mook, and are basically in chronological order, and unedited.

April 2017 NWBA Board Meeting Minutes

Attached are the minutes as approved from the April 22, 2017 board meeting in Longview, WA.

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Date Change for August Mentoring Center Event!

EVENT DATE CHANGE:  
The Fairgrounds are host to a car show on the 26th. No one gets into the grounds without paying car-show admission. 
We moved the maintenance day to Aug 12.

WHAT IS HAPPENING ON AUGUST 12?…

Help NWBA maintain our Mentoring Center.

Put in a few hours of work fixing the fuel lines at the center and a few other maintenance tasks in exchange for an afternoon of open forge, no charge… And you will be doing a great service to YOUR organization, helping the NWBA to offer many more great events in the coming months.

9:00 AM: Mentoring Center Cleanup
Noon: Break for Lunch
1:00 PM: Open Forge

Cost: $10  We’ll waive the normal fee for folk who are willing to help clean-up in the morning.
Attendees must be current NWBA members due to insurance requirements

In praise of ‘Thomas Wilson’s Ironwork Notebooks: Inspiration from a Master’

by Sally Adam, forward by H. Russell Zimmermann, Review by Amy Mook

Stunning and comprehensive, this book is an invaluable resource and a treasure trove of inspiration for students and aficionados not only of ironwork, but of all arts, crafts, and design. Wilson is a master artisan in the old world European sense of the term, through decades of study and apprenticeship with some of the most accomplished in the fields of drawing, ironworking, and sculpture. With tireless dedication to inquiry and practice, he has traveled widely to observe, draw and feel the masterpieces of many great artists, from the ironwork of Cyril Colnik close to home in Milwaukee, to ancient and modern European masters of ironwork and architecture. Wilson has synthesized his broad-ranging experience and phenomenal skills, earning his place as a world- renowned and distinguished blacksmith, architectural designer, and an astounding drawer. In addition, he is an important historian and archivist, preserving a vast panoply of historical ironwork with his prolific drawings.

The book is well designed, dividing the drawings into sections: seating, tables, grilles, doors, etc. This is helpful for easy reference, and many cross applications of design and technique become apparent (e.g. elements of a chair that could easily be adapted to a window grille or brackets that might become parts of a table). His drawings range from realistic to fanciful, practical to impossible, but every one shows his command of the pencil and pen and unfailing eye for detail. For those interested in how the drawings translate to forged metal, there are several photos of finished work.

The progression of drawings on each page, and in each section, reads as an instruction manual for design development. We are invited to an intimate view of Wilson’s imaginative process when we follow his torrent of ideas spilling out onto the page, leading to unforeseen solutions, unconstrained by preconceptions. Students of design and architecture, who commonly are assigned a Chair Design Challenge, will take special interest in the extensive seating section. Every possible configuration is represented, hundreds selected from thousands of his original drawings. The dreamers who imagine that innate skill and creative vision will carry them to success will be hit over the head with a reality check; work this good takes innumerable hours of unflinching dedication to repetition, experimentation, trial and error, which Wilson has pursued with a rare passion.

When you hold this book in your hands, when you turn the pages, you will know youare in the presence of the work of a great artist, an unusual mind, and an exalted passion. You will be inspired, and hopefully not paralyzed by the enormity of Thomas Wilson’s example. I highly recommend you add this one to your library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Adam resides in the Puget Sound region and invites inquiries at sj.adam@yahoo.com She is available to sign books or display original drawings by request.

President’s Message 2nd Quarter 2017

Hello,​ ​Everyone!
Our 2017​ ​Conference​ ​was quite successful. Folk really liked it. I wish to again thank everyone who worked so darn hard to accomplish so much! This was a fine example of teamwork among many volunteers. Hopefully even more members will want to join in our ongoing endeavors as a true “association.”

The 2018 Conference is already being worked on. We’re lining up demonstrators and a “dessert dash.” Of course there will be contests and a potluck. We still need a presentation for Sunday morning. What would YOU like to see at the 2018 Conference? Contact your Board of Directors and let us know! Just peek inside the front cover of this Hot Iron News to learn how to contact us.

As I write this, we still need a ninth Director. (Lynn Gledhill has had to step down in order to be a full-time caregiver for his Dad. Our hearts go out to him.) If you know someone who could fill this void for the remainder of this year, please step forward! Also remember – we are CONSTANTLY on the lookout for folk willing to serve on the board. Elections happen every year, per the Bylaws.
I sometimes wish we called the board something other than “the board.” I think it might put folk off. It sounds like we’re important or something. What we really are is this: a hand-full of folk who love this Association enough to help keep it in existence. We’re a timid & confused lot, but we’re a determined group who wants the best for this Association and is willing to work toward that end. If this describes you, YOU should consider serving on the board.

There’s lots of excitement among the board right now concerning Swaptoberfest. What’s “Swaptoberfest?” Check page 42 of this issue and find out! We’re soliciting a few folk to help out with the Swaptoberfest “Orphans’ Booth.” This will be compensated work. Contact Peggy Gudgell or Kellen Bateham if you would like to help out in the Orphans’ Booth. Don’t forget to start work on your mask for the Masquerade Metallique competition!
One need not wait for October for NWBA excitement: August is Maintenance Month! Each year in August we waive the Mentoring Center fee for those who will help out in the morning. This year will see more than just handle-replacements & un-mushrooming of the top tools: Professional pipe-fitter extraordinaire Jim von Mosh will lead us in upgrading our fuel system. We’ll have open forge as usual in the afternoon.

In July, after the Mentoring Center demonstration, we’ll be re-arranging the Mentoring Center. We do this annually to accommodate the public at the County Fair. Your help will be appreciated! As for the Fair itself, we’ve got a few volunteers lined up to represent our Association before the public, but we could certainly use more.

One last note: Have you noticed how BIG this issue of the Hot Iron News is? Keep those contributions coming. Active participation by folk like YOU is what’s keeping every part of this Association great!

Stay​ ​Inspired!
-Lee​ ​Cordochorea
(You​ ​pronounce​ ​that​ ​just​ ​like​ ​it’s​ ​spelled.)

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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