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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.

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.

 

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

 

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!!

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

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Add all the items you need for the conference and check out when you have added everything.

Conference Fees:

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3-Day Household, $115 

1-Day Individual, $65 

1-Day Household, $80

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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.

Now Casting History Channel’s Forged in Fire!

  Currently casting competitors for the hit show Forged in Fire on the History Channel, and after taking a look at your website, I thought you might be interested in hearing more!
 
We’re searching nationwide for charismatic bladesmiths, blacksmiths and armourers looking to showcase their skills on a national level. This series focuses on enthusiasts that pride themselves on producing the best blades in the world, whether they be historical or modern, large or small. Participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their talents for a chance to win a substantial cash prize.

Contact the Casting Producer: castingforgedinfire@gmail.com

For more information on Forged in Fire, please visit http://www.history.com/shows/forged-in-fire.
 
 
 

The Devil’s Blacksmith Documentary

Starring: Walfrid Huber and Zoltán Takáts and Directed By: Zoltán Takáts and and Tamas Lehoczky

Zoltán Takáts and Walfrid Huber  Zoltán Takáts and Walfrid Huber at the forge

The NWBA was treated to a special showing of “The Devil’s Blacksmith Documentary” at the NWBA Conference in May, the first showing in North America, brought to us by our demonstrator Gábor Szombathy. There was silence in the room during the viewing, everyone was enthralled. The movie, a film still in production, features Walfrid Huber with Zoltan Takats forging hinges for a restoration of the doors on the cathedral at Notre Dame. This is not a standard restoration, the doors and the work of the blacksmith are legendary.

“During the 13th century, there was once a young blacksmith. His name was Biscornet and his talent was known throughout the entire kingdom of France. In charge of decorating the side doors of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the young craftsman was scared to work on such an impressive monument. The devil, true to his reputation, offered him a deal. In exchange for his help, the blacksmith gave his soul. The big day finally came when the paintings were finished, revealing an extraordinary beauty. But the side doors refused to open. To open them, they had to sprinkle holy water, which eventually freed the craftsmen from the consequences of his deal with the devil. Biscornet was saved.”
From website: http://www.hotelnotredameparis.com/blog/notre-dame-and-the-devils-door/

Full view of doors   Great Door detail, Notre Dame Paris

Age and disaster took their toll on the cathedral. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991. And yet, the restoration of these spectacular hinges remained to be undertaken. For centuries the techniques used to create the hinges were unknown, the secrets of the master craftsman who created it were lost to history, no one knew how to do what had originally been done in the 13th century! The restoration was finally made possible by the genius and diligence of master blacksmith Walfrid Huber, from Austria. Walfrid, now 70 years old (or in his 70s?) has made a lifetime study of ancient techniques of the blacksmith.. He is perhaps the world expert in many of the blacksmith styles and methods from antiquity (these cathedral doors are Gothic style). The breakthrough came when the original hinges became available to Walfrid for close examination, removed from the door so the backside of the work could reveal its secrets.

Detail of one section of the hinges   Scale drawing for hinge detail

Filming began in 2014 of ’The Devil’s Blacksmith documentary’ with Walfrid Huber and Zoltán Takáts at the Austrian Federal Monuments Office in Mauerbach, Austria with the support of the Austrian Locksmiths and Blacksmiths’ Guild and the Monuments Office. Unfortunately, this work is not ready yet. The dream is to finish our movie with shooting in Paris, France at locations of Notre Dame and Musée de Cluny and finally to translate the final version of the movie to English.

In the synopsis of his 1995 article “The Medium is the Root of the Art” for Hephaistos an online Art Metal site (www.artmetal.com) Huber points out: (the article) is not a scientific treatment of iron. Rather, it is a brief look into the historical background of our ancient material with its peculiar properties. Many of the questions about the typical forms produced by the masters of the past can be answered by scrutinizing their technique. Many puzzles can be resolved surprisingly quickly with a knowledge of how the ancient iron was made and worked. (http://www.artmetal.com/project/News/Hephaist/MedArt.html) It is clear in watching Walfrid Huber in this documentary, that he has applied these principles in spades.

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President’s Message 3rd Quarter 2016

A Word From Whats-His-Name

Hello, Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the summer, I certainly am! In July I was one of a few NWBA members demonstrating our craft to the general public at the Cowlitz County Fair. Had me a blast! Our lease with the Fairgrounds allows for two options during the Fair. One is to evacuate everything from the building during the fair so the building may be put to use. The better option is to have our Mentoring Center open to the public. Being open to the public promotes our craft, generates interest and new memberships, and saves us a lot of packing and unpacking!

Keeping with our established theme of recruiting volunteers early and often… It is not too soon to volunteer to help with the fair in 2017! If you would like to demonstrate or to simply greet the public next July, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Peggy Gudgell is our Volunteer Coordinator. (Thank you, Peggy!) You can find her contact information on our Board of Directors page. She’ll be happy to hear from any member who wants to volunteer for any task. In addition to next July’s fair demonstrators here are a few more tasks needing to be filled:

  • New MC Coordinator – Line up demonstrators and keep an eye on the needs of the Mentoring Center
  • Mentoring Center Registrars – working under the direction of our Treasurer, these folk accept funds at MC sessions.
  • Conference Registrars – come help out at the registration desk in May at the Conference!
  • Mentors for Youth – teach safety and very basic skills to young people one-on-one in the MC.
  • Survivor Support – assist spouses and families of survivors of members with appraisal of tools and equipment (more on this in the paragraphs ahead…)

We are also still seeking nominations for candidates to run for the board of directors. Distance is no longer an acceptable excuse turn down this duty! Several current directors are attending via “Google Hangouts” and the general membership is able to tune in on “You Tube.” No matter where you live, you can serve on the board of directors!

You, the membership, are the life-blood of this Association. Wouldn’t it be great if we could always be there for each other? We each eventually depart, though, leaving our friends and family behind, along with all those tools and equipment. A good smith knows the value of their tools and equipment, but the surviving family often needs help determining fair market value. If you would be willing to help an NWBA family in your area when the time comes, please contact Peggy. Also, let your family know they may contact the editor of the Hot Iron News to obtain free classified advertisement when the time finally does come.

Speaking of equipment, your Board of Directors is attempting to procure a hydraulic press for the mentoring center. We hope to have this in place by springtime. There will be more said on that in the next Hot Iron News (early December 2016).

There will also be more news regarding the NWBA Conference May 12-14 2017, (Save the date!) In addition to our Conference Demonstrators (Dave Lisch and Maegan Crowley) and Hands-On sessions, we’re planning a metallurgy seminar, a Sunday bronze casting demonstration, Friday potluck social, contests, craft demonstrations, repoussé, and much more!

My last bit of news for now concerns our archives. The NWBA is fortunate to hold an impressive archive of ironwork. These are pieces made by conference demonstrators over the decades – a truly amazing collection. Many of these works are on display at our Mentoring Center in Longview. The time has come to put some of these before the public as well. In 2017 there will be at least two public exhibits of the NWBA archives. One will be in the springtime in or near Spokane, WA. The other will be in September in Oak Ridge, OR. If you know of an additional venue which would benefit from an exhibit of the archives, please contact any board member.

Stay Inspired!

-Lee Cordochorea

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

 

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS! CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

The board has created a new position of Volunteer Coordinator.  This is a large organization and we are trying our best to provide outreach programs, mentoring opportunities, and fun and informative conferences. Being a volunteer organization we can only accomplish this with the help of the members. Below is a list of areas we can use your help. We want to start a data base of potential volunteers. When a need arises we can call from our list of volunteers. Putting your name on our list in no way obligates you. If called you can decide then if you can help. We are not asking for long term commitments. An hour here and there can make a big difference. For new members this is a great way to meet people and get to know your organization better.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS

CONFERENCE: Help with the registration desk and auction. If you have a spouse attending who doesn’t see the beauty in hot steel, they can help at the desk. It has proved so helpful in the past. We also need help with moving the library and for set up and tear down

DEMONSTRATORS: Always a need for the Mentoring Center, outreach hammer-ins and the conference.

MENTORING STEWARDS AND REGISTER:A great program that always needs help. We need people who can take money and sign in attendees. You don’t have to do it every month. Sign up for one. We also need people who live near by willing to open and close the center and keep an eye on tool condition.

SURVIVOR BENEFIT: A new program we hope will help spouses of deceased members. We need volunteers to assess the value of the deceased’s shop and tools so the survivor will get full compensation in a sale.

MENTOR YOUTH GRANT: The NWBA board of directors is developing a program, inspired and funded by a generous NWBA member with a vision. The major stumbling block to implementing our youth mentoring grant is the requirement for oversight of the youths being mentored, i.e. VOLUNTEERS!

If you want to help, please send your name, phone number and email to:

Peggy Gudgell peggygudgell@msn.com

Let me know which way you prefer to be contacted and please put NWBA as subject on email so I know who you are.

 

NWBA Election 2016 Board of Directors Nominations

The 2016 NWBA Board of Directors nominations is open until November 15th, 2016.
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming part of the decision making process for NWBA? Interested in contributing to preservation of the art and craft of blacksmithing through NWBA outreach and offerings?

It is by the dedication and commitment of its members that enables the NWBA to be the great organization that it is. Please consider supporting your NWBA.

Contact one of the Election Committee Members with your nominations:
Jim Garrett nimba@olympus.net
Steve McGrew stevem@incandescent-iron.com
James von Mosch jim@mountainbrookforge.com
The NWBA has contributed to the education and success of many members.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE NWBA!

Ron Wailes 1934 – 2016

Ronald D. Wailes Jr. was born and raised in Edmonds, Washington and when he was 15 years old he earned his Eagle Scout badge under the guidance of Phil Smart.  He continued his studies at the University of Washington excelling as an oarsman at the UofW. Rowing consumed a great portion of his life continuing at Yale for his graduate work, and was proud to be given the opportunity to coach the freshman crew. These freshmen made him proud when they beat their arch rival Harvard 2 out of 3 races.

His business took him around the world. But first he settled down and married Bonnie, and as often happens, first daughter Jeannie was born followed by son David. This responsibility kept him grounded for some time, but it wasn’t long before he was filing a claim to dredge for gold on the Frazier river. His hard work was washed out in a flood, but his curiosity that there “indeed was gold in them there hills” took him on a long hike over the Chilkoot Trail.

While working in New York he had the thrill of a lifetime. His expertise was waterproofing and he had to climb out on the ice shield at the very tip top of the Empire State Building to inspect his company’s application. Shortly thereafter he was invited to go on a hike in Nepal under the expert guidance of Phil Erschler. He and his friends made it to the top of Kala Patar in the Himalayas at 18,300 feet. They looked down on the base camp of Mount Everest marveling at the mountains’ beauty.

In 2000 he finally retired. He and Bonnie sold the llama ranch and the log home they had built in Duvall and moved to a modest 3 acres in Cle Elum. The first structure to go up was the blacksmith shop he had been dreaming about for years. A corner of the shop was temporarily cordoned off for them to live in while the main house was being built.

Whether it was designing the tool to create the perfect acorn; or putting just the right pressure on the hammer to create the vein in an oak leaf, his forge was his friend.

The ring of his treasured Hay Buden anvil is silent now and he’s missed.

Blacksmith Week 2016 Updates

Blacksmith Shop at Summit CampThursday – Sunday, August 18-21, 2016

Demonstrations, open forge time, and great times with fellow smiths… don’t miss it!

Demonstrators: Dave Thompson, and team demo by Dave Tuthill and Silas Maddox.

Demonstrations for the public by Ben Czyhold.

A workshop has been added to the Blacksmith Week event in August 18-21, 2016.

Alan Flashing will be giving a workshop on Friday and Saturday, August 19&20.
He will be forging small totemic sculptures.

Two 4 hour classes: Friday and Saturday 10AM – Noon, 1 hour lunch break, 1PM -3PM
Cost is $110

*If you are planning to participate in the workshop please bring tools: Hand Chisels, Punches, top and bottom fullers.

More info about Alan Flashing at his website, and facebook page.

Blacksmith Week Details:

  • Demonstrations will take place Friday and Saturday, morning (9AM-Noon) and afternoons (1PM – 4PM), and Sunday morning.
  • Thursday: Registration and Group project forging.
  • Open forging every evening.

Bring your works to display and sell to the public!

The gallery will be located right in the middle of bustling Government Camp and will be open during business hours to the public.

Cost:

  • Individual Entire Event       $90
  • Individual One Day            $45
  • Family Entire Event           $120
  • Family One Day                $60
  • Student (valid ID req.) Entire Event   $60
  • Student One Day              $30

Registration at the door.

Click here for Government Camp Map

Sponsored by Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts.

Ron Wailes Passes

Longtime NWBA member Ron Wailes, and friend of many of our members, passed away early June 2016.

Anyone who is so moved may want to contact Bonnie Wailes, Ron’s wife, and send your condolences personally.

The NWBA was a very important part of Ron’s life and Bonnie would love to hear from some of Ron’s friends and colleagues.

Read Ron’s Obituary Here

You can contact Bonnie through the following contact info,

Bonnie Wailes
341 Pioneer Trail Rd
Cle Elum WA 98922
509-656-3144

There will be a memorial for Ron at his and Bonnie’s home on Pioneer Trail Rd on August 14th, 2016 between 1 and 4 pm.

Blacksmith Shop For Sale

Ron Wailes’ blacksmith shop contents is for sale. Please contact Bonnie Wailes for more information. Serious Inquiries Only!

Blacksmith Swap Meet July 23rd 2016

2016! 2016! 2016!  So, its time to tell your friends and spread the word the Blacksmith Swap Meet is July 23rd . so bring some tools bring some cash and add some good tools to your stash. it will be held at the same location by friends of mine of the same vocation. 3600 E Marginal way south seattle wa see you there 9 to 3.

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Donate to Ypres 2016

PoppyThe NWBA participated in the Ypres Poppies WWI Memorial event in January 2016 by making over 100 poppies to send and include in the project.  Some of our members are going to Belgium in September to be part of the blacksmith event there. Others of you may want to support this event with a donation.

Ypres Poppies  World War 1 Memorial Event

In the War of 1914 -1918 blacksmiths and farriers were indispensable in sustaining the war effort on all sides and the blacksmiths of today are coming together once more to use their skill to craft the Cenotaph. In September 2016 a striking new World War 1 Cenotaph is being created in Ypres, Belgium.

Hundreds of blacksmiths and farriers from around the world will come together to create the Cenotaph in a week-long event in Flanders.

Two ways to donate in the USA

  1. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ypres-2016-blacksmith-farrier-cenotaph#/ This is the crowd funding site. If you contribute through this site you can use a credit card or pay pal. You can also receive a perk for your donation. Poppies, key fobs and tshirts are some of the perks available. Postage will be added to your contribution.
  2. Send a check in dollars to

Kate Dinneen
1582 N 1500 Rd
Lawrence, KS  66046

Make the check out to Kate Dinneen Ypres 2016 Fund. Kate will coordinate with Steven Pitt who is the person sorting the Finances for the event. The money raised will be used to help get the US Master over there, lodged and fed for the week and any other expenses we have on the US side. Any remaining funds will be sent to the main account overseas.

Mark Aspery’s Stag Horn Hinge

Stag Horn HingeStag Horn Hinge: Mark Aspery Demo, 12 March 2016, Longview, WA. Notes by Ike Bay

Editor note: Dan Bowyer took extensive pics of this demo.  See the full gallery of images HERE.

Best Quote: “Find the difference between handmade and custom made”

General info: This style hinge can be in pairs of matched sides, unmatched sides or on pintles. Suggested referances, “Professional Smithing” by Donald Streeter which gives a detailed how-to section. Examples of original pieces can be found in “Early American Wrought Iron” by Albert Sonn and Colonial Wrought Iron, The Sorber Collection” by Don Plummer.  This demo was for a non pintle style hinge.

Stock: 1 1/4″ X 1/4″ was used, Mark would have preferred 1 1/4″ X 3/16″

Draw an even, centered taper 4 to 4.5″ long, 3.5″ is rather short. Do not put a fine point on the end, as is mass needed here when the piece is cut in half length wise.

Cutting: point bar on anvil to strong light source so shadow does not distort your vision of center line. Index end and a few other points on proposed cut line as witness marks.  Use chisel with slight radius face and walk up cut line. (1/16″ good radius on this type chisel).  Start on end of taper and walk up to end of cut point. Cut from one side and use cut plate for last part of process.  Cutting from one side like this results in a ragged edge, but forging two sides in the “S” curve in will eliminate this.  Chisel with front and side cutting edges gives you a sight reference when using the front cutting edge.  Use narrow fuller to clean up the cleft of the cut.

Spread horns: First push one side down so both sides are accessible to the hammer. Then bend the horizontal “S” shape over the horn.  Forge so both sides are equal in form that pleases your eye.  Get both sides close and then tweak, rather than getting one side right and then trying to match it.  Flip back and forth to eyeball for uniformity.

Draw out (peen and dress) humps, Do both top first and then both bottom. Keep things even with eye.  DO NOT LET GET OUT OF EVEN/UNIFORM AND PLAN TO CORRECT LATER. Through all steps keep sides even and uniform.

Prongs: can cut now or later but do not turn out. When cutting prongs, give them a tall root or will be too thing when you form them later. Use round face chisel as before. Technique- tongs between legs, chisel and hammer in hand.  Remember tool migrates to path of least resistance when cutting, punching, slitting, Etc.

In retrospect might do face and barrel first.

Face: Preform to spreading/fullering face is two half face notches with a “butcher profile” on outside. This is below the horns and before the barrel of the hinge. Work inside notches with fullers that are fir for the space. Take bar to slightly less than half thickness and move extra mass evenly to sides.

Barrel Math: how much length needed to form barrel. Bend takes place in the neutral axis of the bar (center line) not inside.  If bar tapered still the same but a different calculation.  3/8″ ID plus two half wall thickness less a little for taper = about 1.5 inches.

Bend such: bend in a bar will produce a cup on the outside of bend. This makes for loose hinges if not compensated for. Counter bend is solution. Face up to counter bend and face down to start rolling barrel. If nesting barrel with another parts of barrel must be removed.  Barrel is divided into three sections, center (major) is always larger than outer two (minor).  When cutting layout lines for major/minor determinations cut outside lines, not on them, so you have a snug fit in final hinge, not bad if parts do not fit and careful file work needed to fit.  For this demo Mark anticipated major and did a slot punch without removing tab.  This allowed him to break off major at end of process.

Spread prongs at this point. Push to one side of horn so accessible by hammer, work over horn for curve. Mark used special tongs to hold hinge by barrel while finishing up the final forms.

TOOLS ARE IMPORTANT!! THESE ARE SOME OF THE TOOLS MARK USED AT THE DEMO:

hammer  fuller side  Fuller front  hinge tongs  hinge tongs 2  Tools in rack  Tools on deck

Editor note: Dan Bowyer took extensive pics of this demo.  See the full gallery of images HERE.

 

 

 

April 23rd 2016 NWBA Event Update

Berkley TackWe proudly present to you :

Berkley Tack demonstrating
Skills and Trinkets: Small projects building skills

Demonstration begins in the morning.  There will be open forge in the afternoon, when NWBA members can get into the forge fire and try their hand at the demo tricks and tips.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:00 AM: Demonstration Begins
Noon: Break for Lunch
1:00 PM: Open Forge time until 4 PM

(The demonstrator for April 23rd was changed, Tim Gabriel is not able to demo, hopefully he can reschedule a fly press demo)…

Also scheduled on April 23rd is an NWBA Board meeting, the meeting begins at 12:30 PM.  All current NWBA members are welcome to come. The board meeting location has been changed.  The meeting will now be taking place at the Longview Public Library,  1600 Louisiana St., Longview WA 98632