The October South East Regional Meeting will be held on October 19, Saturday and will focus on Conference Preparation! Please come and volunteer! We need all hands on deck!
November - As our annual tradition, South East Region members are teaching the boy scout metalworking merit badge during Scout Advancement Weekend at the Tanah Keeta Boy Scout Reservation (Osceola Camp Site) in Jupiter, Florida. 8501 SE Boy Scout Rd, Tequesta, FL 33469
December - No meeting due to the Holidays.
Basic Blacksmithing #2: This class builds on Class #1. As always, we’ll start with safety, followed by a brief study on metallurgy. This class teaches you more on fire maintenance and proper hammer technique. We’ll build on previously learned tapering techniques. Learn different twisting and scrolling methods as well as adding the skills of splitting and riveting. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing #1 or equivalent skill.\
Again, If you lack significant prerequisite skills, you may be asked to audit only, so that attention is not taken away from students who are prepared. This is solely at the discretion of the instructor, and there are NO REFUNDS.
Safety: Safety is a concern when dealing with metal often in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. No synthetic fiber clothing! Synthetics melt, stick to your skin, and burn you! Natural fibers only! In Florida, that means wear cotton. Jeans and a long sleeve cotton shirt are suggested, most of us wear jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Wear shorts at your own risk, they are not recommended. Closed-toe shoes are required; we recommend high top boots. If you show up in flip-flops we will ask you to change your shoes before entering the forging areas. A hat or a bandana to hold up long hair and keep the soot off your head is desirable. Gloves and leather or heavy canvas apron are optional depending upon personal preference.
Safety glasses are required at all times in the forging areas. Earplugs are highly recommended. If you have your own, great! If not, they're available at many stores and will be for sale at the conference.
Basic Blacksmithing #1: If you’ve never hit hot metal before, this is the class for you. Learn how to start and maintain a fire in your forge, how to find a comfortable anvil height, good hammer technique, and basic blacksmithing safety. You’ll utilize these as you learn the skills of cutting, tapering, spreading, bending, punching, twisting and scrolling steel into a decorative and functional shape.
This intermediate level class will cover the forge welding, patterning, and finishing of Mosaic Damascus using propane forges and powered forging equipment. Participants must have prior basic pattern welding experience or at least extensive forge welding experience, a familiarity with the safe use of power hammers and/or forging presses.
Topics that will be covered will include
- Forge design, atmosphere, and temperature
- Billet set-up and preparation for successful welding
- Fluxed and flux-less welding
- Deliberate pattern manipulation
- In process cleaning and preparation
- Re-stacking and re-orientation
- Forging on the bias and end grain pattern development
- Other general mosaic and pattern welding concepts
Participants will be provided two pre-cleaned and stacked 22–26 layer billets constructed of 15N20 and 1095 (approximately 2 ¾ lbs each) with 1/2” stubs attached. This will be more material than will be able to be completed in the allotted time, but it will ensure that participants will not run out of material to work on during the class. If successfully completed, each participant will leave with a finished mosaic billet and a partially completed billet.
This workshop has been specifically developed for a parent and a child to work and play together while learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing in the process. Minimum age requirement for the child is 11.
One ticket gains entrance to this class for one parent and one child.
As part of our Family Activity offerings during the Conference...
Come and spend an hour with Ki Harrison, FABA's Artisan Leather Craftsman and learn some basic leather working skills while completing a simple project such a hammer loop, a leather wrist cuff or something similar.
There will be 6 spots available each hour. Please RSVP for the Time-slot you are interested in. To confirm your spot please prepay your session prior to it starting . All tools and materials will be provided. No experience is necessary!
Tuition :$20 to be paid directly to the instructor prior to workshop.
Please arrive at least a few minutes early.
Something new this year. Complimentary workshops and lectures on a variety of different subjects.
Learn about the reasons, why successful blacksmiths put equal emphasis on design, drawing and execution. Get some insider tips on how to get better at it.
Take your tong making skills to the next level with Dennis Dusek in his four-hour intermediate tong making workshop on Saturday morning. Each student will make an elegantly functional flat bar tong in signature Dusek Style. Participants must have prior forging experience and be well versed in traditional blacksmithing techniques, including but not limited to: upsetting, punching, riveting as well as possess familiarity with the safe use of power hammers.
Basic Blacksmithing #3: This class will cover the skills of upsetting and forge welding. We’ll learn how to thicken and join separate pieces of white-hot metal into a single solid piece. We’ll start with some basic welds, then combine them with techniques learned in Classes #1 and #2. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill.
Learn to make elegant and sturdy connections using traditional joinery techniques with. We’ll cover slitting, punching and drifting holes, mortise and tenon joints, pass through joints, banding and more. Each student will have the choice to make a single or a triple bottle wine rack utilizing the previously mentioned traditional joinery techniques. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced students. Prerequisites: Participants must have prior forging experience and be well versed in traditional blacksmithing techniques, including but not limited to: basic hammer technique, upsetting. If you have no blacksmithing experience, we recommend Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill before taking this class.
What is fold forming some of you might ask? Foldforming is a technique of metalworking whereby metal is folded, repeatedly forged and annealed, and unfolded; at which stage it generally has a dramatic new three-dimensional form.
Students will have the opportunity to create multiple three- dimensional sculptural objects (approx. 10” tall x 8” diameter) which they might choose to combine or leave as individual pieces. The shapes created and skills acquired may be used for sculptural or architectural applications.
The workshop will be using similar techniques as showcased in David’s demonstration, therefore watching at least part of the demonstration prior to participating in this workshop is advisable and can greatly benefit the student. This technique-based workshop is designed for any skill level. Students are encouraged to bring their own favorite pein and rounding hammers.
Basic Blacksmithing #4: Blacksmiths have been recyclers since the beginning of their craft. Come learn how to tell if that piece of scrap is wrought iron, mild steel, or tool steel. We’ll use spark and break testing to determine properties and proper treatment of various metals. We’ll finish by using the skills learned to make your choice of at least one punch or chisel. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill.
Spend your Saturday afternoon with Nathan Nettles and learn the secrets of making a three-dimensional chili-pepper key chain. Learn some essential skills such as forge welding in the process. No prior experience is necessary. All skill levels are welcome! Fire management experience will benefit you greatly!
Learn everything there is to know about fire management. Improve your forging by improving your heat. This two hour hands on clinic will allow us to explore different coals types and a variety of set ups (trough, cave, conservative use, shallow vs deep fire-pot, electric vs hand power) and will allow for a fair amount of practice.
Come and spend a couple of hours with Ki Harrison, FABA's Artisan Leather Craftsman and advance your leather working skills while completing a functional and beautiful project that you'll be proud to wear everywhere you go!
There are 6 spots available in each 2 hour session. Please RSVP for the Time-slot you are interested in. To confirm your spot please prepay your session prior to it starting . All tools and materials will be provided. No experience is necessary.
Tuition :$40 to be paid directly to the instructor prior to the workshop.
Find out what you need to do to become a journeyman blacksmith.
You may bring some of your recently completed work to demonstrate your acquired skills and get credit.
Saturday Evenings Banquet Dinner followed by the Benefit Auction is one of the major highlights of our Annual Conference as well as a delightful social gathering not to be missed.
The scrumptious Buffet style Banquet Dinner will be served around 630-7PM following the General Membership Meeting & Memorial
There will be salad, soup,
entree and dessert options
as well as a complimentary self-serve wine bar,
coffee & tea.
Other alcohol options will be available from the lobby bar.
In this workshop we will explore the traditional technique of forging a one-piece flower. In a slight twist we will make the flower starting with a ½ inch bolt and nut. We will explore the many different styles that these flowers can take with an eye toward creative experimentation. Each participant will make at least one bolt flower sculpture and if time allows one bolt flower of their own design. No prior experience is necessary. All skill levels are welcome!
Basic Blacksmithing #5: This class is for those who want to make their own tongs but aren’t sure where to start. Come learn about half-face hammer blows, shouldering, and the difference between right and left handed tongs as we work on a basic pair of tongs. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing #1 and #2 or equivalent skill.
Try your hands at the marriage of metals with instruction from Michael Bozich. Learn how to dish a copper bowl and rivet it to your forged steel handle. After a little forging and a bit of detail handiwork you'll have yourself a beautiful ladle and a ladle-full of skills, including copper-smithing, dishing, punching, riveting and finishing your handle.
The South East Regional Monthly Meeting is generally held on the third Saturday of every month (except in October, November & December or when otherwise posted)
November - As part of our tradition of giving back, South East Region members are teaching the boy scout metalworking merit badge during Scout Advancement Weekend at the Tanah Keeta Boy Scout Reservation in Jupiter, Florida. 8501 SE Boy Scout Rd, Tequesta, FL 33469 . We are looking for volunteers to teach basic forging skills at this event! If you are interested please contact. Shaun Williams,FABA SE Region Coordinator or Sylvia Andrassy FABA Program Coordinator by email at Programs@blacksmithing.org or in person at our monthly meetings. (No open forge opportunities at this event!)
As mentioned in the last Clinker Breaker report, I have spoken with Kirk Sullens, and the North NE Region would like to organize a group build day(s) at his shop in late summer. It is looking like this will be in late August, and it will most likely take two days. The goal will be to build equipment for the regional trailers and the conference, and we’d like to get a small team together to accomplish this. I’ll be organizing these builds using the FABA group email list as well as the FABA NE Facebook Page. Look for updates at www.facebook.com/groups/FABA.NE/ or you can contact me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating. Our upcoming NNE regional meeting schedule is bimonthly with meeting dates on Sept. 21, Nov. 16 and Jan. 18. If you’re in the NNE region and would like to be considered as a host for one of these meetings, please reach out to me directly. I’m always happy to hear feedback on meeting content, as well. Thank you! — Ben Thompson, North NE Coordinator