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*********** Jim Morre: 1935-2016 **************
It is with great sadness that we convey the news of the passing of D. James Morre. Jim will be missed by his loving family and the many blacksmiths who had the pleasure of working with him at the blacksmith shops at Fort Ouiatenon in West Lafayette and at the Prophetstown State Park in Battle Ground, Indiana.
His joy of blacksmithing was contagious. His patience with neophyte blacksmiths was quite appreciated by the many people he helped to teach.
Jim was instrumental is setting up the blacksmith shop at the Fort and also at Prophetstown. For many years he taught a beginners class in blacksmithing at the Fort. His influence on the blacksmith community in the West Lafayette area will live on for many years to come. He will be missed.
The obituary can be found in the Lafayette Journal & Courier
9:30 AM is the regular meeting time for IBA Hammer-Ins with beginner training available at 9:00 AM unless otherwise noted. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ASK FOR HELP!
The IBA would like to announce a new satellite group that meets at Parke County 4-H Fairgrounds in Rockville, IN. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month. For more information please contact John Bennett (by phone at 812-877-7274 or by email at johnbennett1959 atsign gmail.com). This group, called the Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild, is also hosting a Facebook page that you can locate in Facebook by searching for Covered Bridge Blacksmith Guild.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
For those of us who enjoyed the Forged in Fire shows last year, History Channel will be airing season #2 episodes starting February 16.
This new show brings together talented blacksmiths in a contest setting. Season Premiere, Tuesday, Feb 16, at 10/9c.
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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