Far West Regional Meeting

  • August 17, 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • Baker Block Museum in Baker Florida

Far West Region meeting schedule Our July 27th meeting will be at John Butler’s farm (at 4112 Bell Lane, Milton, FL 32571), where we will have discussions and presentations on primitive smith work using a “dirt box” forge. David Sandlin found it necessary to build this type of primitive forge on his recent trip, recovering a few parts and a stake anvil from an abandoned blacksmith shed he found on the farm where he was staying, proving once again you don’t have to have to modern equipment to perform good work in this ancient and honored craft. His presentation will provide insights on what is necessary when forced to step back in time to do your work. Hope to see everyone at Butler’s farm for this historically oriented event; 9 a.m. start the fires, 9:30 a.m. presentation, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. open forge. For those who are interested in visiting us in the panhandle, these are the planned events for the Far West chapter: In August we will meet on the THIRD Saturday, Aug. 17, to visit the blacksmith shop at the Baker Block Museum in Baker Florida. The museum director has promised us an informative presentation on the history of blacksmithing in west Florida, which will be followed with our regular workshop activities. The September meeting will be at Traditions Workshop in Fort Walton Beach with a focus on getting our trailer ready for the October FABA Conference in Ocala, FL. Dirt box forge, prior to putting the dirt in. Note the only available pan was about 1” deep so dirt will make up part of the pot. In November and December, we typically don’t have a fourth Saturday meeting here in the Far West due to holiday conflicts, but there are several blacksmithing demonstration opportunities on Saturdays: Nov. 2 - Farm Day near DeFuniak Springs, Nov. 9 - Pioneer Day at the Fred Gannon State Park, and Dec. 14 - Yule of Yesteryear at the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso, FL. Contact David@TraditionsWorkshop.com if you want to participate or demonstrate at any of these FABA events. — David Sandlin, Far West Coordinator

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