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NEXT MEETING: December 13 Hammer-In at the shop of Ted & Carol Stout, West Point IN. Eric Shotwell will demonstrate the making of stone working tools, then he will demonstrate the use of those tools. Eric is an accomplished blacksmith so this should be an interesting and educational demonstration.
From I-74, exit at Waynetown (9 miles west of Crawfordville). Take highway 25 north thru Wingate. Proceed north to the flashing light where highway 28 intersects with 25 at Odel. (The sign reads Odel on both sides). Continue north for 2.5 miles to county road 700 South, turn west (left) on 700 south, Ted's shop is the first building on the left.
ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS: From Lafayette follow Highway 25 west to West Point. Proceed on 25 for 2.0 miles to road 700 south, turn west (right).
At the December IBA meeting at Ted Stout's shop there will be an auction of some very high quality blacksmith tools. See the Forge Fire December issue for some preview photographs. Proceeds go to the Rocky Forge Blacksmith Guild Building Fund.
The IBA is in the process of organizing a new satellite group that will meet at the Pioneer Village Blacksmith Shop at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis. Meetings likely will be held on the fourth Saturday of the month starting in March or April of 2015. For more information please contact Bill Newman (by phone at 317-690-2455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The IBA has created a Facebook group designed to encourage INFORMAL COMMUNICATION among our members and among all people interested in blacksmithing.The Facebook group name is "Indiana Blacksmithing Association (IBA)". Please feel free to "Join" the group on Facebook. It is a public group so anyone can join and post to it. In your posts, please be respectful of others. Please feel free to post photographs or create photo albums that relate to the mission of the IBA. FORMAL COMMUNICATION about the activities of the IBA and our newsletters can still be found at this web site.
Here is a little retrospective of our 2013 conference.
For the Curious Blacksmith:
A recent newspaper article about Tom Latane', one of our featured demonstrators in the 2014 IBA Annual Conference. Pepin, Wis., blacksmith achieves excellence in ironclad art. Our second featured demonstrator was Alan Kress.
South Bend Tribune article about IBA 2013 Rookie Blacksmith of the Year Jamie DePriest
At the 2013 IBA Conference in Tipton, IN, the Brotherhood of Friendly Hammermen forged a large split cross. View the video made by David Hammer.
Jim Claar's new power hammer.
Interesting video about Japanese smithing: Eric Chevallier: The Blacksmith`s Apprentice by Adam Marelli.
Interesting video about modern chain making: How it`s Made: Chains.
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