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					                            ecem ber, 1991/January, 1992
                                     Walt Anderson                Tycee Grice
                                     David Andresen                Jim Lollis
                                     Carl Austin                 Clyde Payton
                                     Norma Austin                Bill Roberts
                                     Steve Bloom                   Tico Rubio
                                     Mary Brandenburg              Clay Smith
                                     Pete Brandenburg           Willard Smith
                                     Fred Caylor             Charlie Stemmann
                                     Thurmond Chaffin            Roger Stuart
                                     Jim Corbet                   Pete Yockey

          The Florida
          Florida Artist Blacksmith Association-Chapter   of ABANA, Inc.

     Established May 18, 1985     Treasury: $9761.83      Membership: 203

                 Quarterly Statewide Meeting
         Brian Polk will host the January quarterly statewide meeting at
    Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale on January 18. The
    meeting will start at 9 am. We will have several forge setups, includ-
    ing two or three of the new Sandia gas forges from the November gas
    forge workshop in Tallahassee, but additional forge setups are welcome.
    Also, we'll have a brief Board meeting right after lunch. Bring your
    lunch or pick up something at one of the zillions of fast food places
    near the park. There will be an area available for self-contained
    campers. Call Brian Polk, (305) 566-7943, for more information,
         Birch State Park sits on the Atlantic ocean in urban Fort Laud-
    erdale. The park has picnic areas, a two-mile bicycle trail loop,
    rental canoes and paddle boats, playground equipment, and a pedestrian
    tunnel under A1A to Fort Lauderdale's five-mile-long public beach. The
    beach has lifeguards and fresh water showers.
         Directions: Get off 1-95 or Florida's Turnpike at Sunrise Blvd. in
    Fort Lauderdale. Go east. Cross the drawbridge over the Intracoastal
    Waterway, and turn left at the first signal light past the bridge into
    the park entrance, Tell the park ranger at the gate that you are going
    to the FABA meeting at park manager Brain Polk's house, The ranger will
@   give directions to the meeting site and there will be no charge to get

                 FABA election results:   see article on page 22.
    The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, h991/January, 1992

                                             MEETING SCHEDULE--JANUARYR 1992
    The regions have no boundaries-everyone i s welcome everywhere. Come t o more than one i f you can. Ue h o l d regular
    monthly meetings i n each region (except t h a t w a l l t r y t o get together a t one Statewide Meeting q u a r t e r l y ) on t h e f o l -
    lowing Saturdays o f each month: NE-lst, NU-Znd, SE-3rd, & SU-Last. The actual dates may vary from month t o month;
    check the schedule below. Ue a l s o h o l d short board meetings a t the q u a r t e r l y statewide meetings, and a board meeting
    and general membership meeting a t the annual conference. Our meetings are informal gatherings around t h e forge.
    Pros e c t i v e members are always welcome, o f course! Come f o r a l l o r any p a r t o f a meeting. Bring your tools, o r j u s t
    watcE. Most meetings run from 9 a t o 4 pm, and youlLL need Lunch i f you stay a l l day, unless otherwise noted.

    Jan. 4, 9 am:  NE region meeting, Pioneer Settlement, Barberville.
    Jan. 18, 9 am: SE region meeting, Brian Polk's shop, Birch State Park,
                   Fort Lauderdale. Bring a portable forge setup, if you
                   have one that's easy to carry. We'll have 2 or 3 Sandia
                   gas forges to use, also. See article on page 1,
    Jan. 25, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota,
                                 UPCOMING E E ! '
    Jan. 11:       Last day to get something in next month's newsletter.
    Feb. 1, 9 am:  NE region meeting, Jim & Gloria Corbetlsshop, Umatilla.
                   Walt Anderson will have a hands-on demonstration of the
                   new Sandia gas forge, Come try it out and bring an
                   appetite for a Jim Corbet fish fry.
    Feb. 29, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota.
    Feb 29-Mar 1: Beginning blacksmithing class by Tico Rubio, Barberville.
                   The two-day class will cover the basics, from building a
                   coal fire in a forge through working on small projects.
4                  See article on page 26.
    Mar 7 9 am: NE region meeting, John & Jan Crossq shop, Bryceville.
                   J, C . Hawkins will demonstrate tong making.                                                                                      a
-   Mar. 28, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota.
    Mar 28-29:     Intermediate blacksmithing class by Tico Rubio, Bar-
                   berville. The two-day class will cover forge welding and
                   more advanced projects, See article on page 26.
    Mar 29-Apr 1: Beginning and intermediate blacksmithing class by Fred
                   Caylor at Walt Anderson's shop near Ocala. Choose 5-day
                   ($150) or 7-day class ($200). See article on page 26.
    Apr. 11, 9 am: Quarterly statewide meeting, Tallahassee.
    May 2, 9 am:   NE region meeting, Steve & Kimmy Bloomls shop, Archer.
                   Steve and Bill Roberts will demonstrate gravity, cen-
                   trifugal, and vacuum casting techniques.
    May 30, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota.
    June 27, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota,
    June 17-21, 092ABANA conference, San Luis Obispo, California. See ar%f-
                   cle on gage 19.
    July ?, 9 am: Quarterly statewide meeting, northeast region.
    July 25, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota.
    Aug. 24-28:    Damascus Steel class by FABA member Charles Ochs, at
                   Texarkana CollegelsSchool of Bladesmithing. Course will
                   cover basic patterns, pattern variations, and pattern
                   manipulation, See article on page 26.
    Aug. 29, loam: SW region meeting, Crowley Museum, Sarasota.
    October, 1992: FABA Annual Conference, Pioneer Settlement, Barberville,
                   Demonstrators will include Clay Spencer and Steve
                   Schwarzer. The two-day Conference will also feature
                   beginning and intermediate blacksmithing classes, a fam-
                   ily crafts program, and the unforgettable blacksmith and
                   medicine man, Tim Ryan. See er%fcle on page 22.
    May 14-15, '93 Southeastern regional blacksmith conference, Madison,
                       The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                        HOW TO FIND THE J A N U A R Y D 1992D MEETINGS

                                                                            \\         7Highway 11

                                                                             Jan. 4, 9 am
                                                                           NORTHEAST REGION
                                                                          Tic0 & Maggi ~ u b i o
                                                                            (904) 749-3327
                                                                          Pioneer Settlement

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             Jan. 25, 10 am                                            Jan. 18, 9 am
            SOUTHWEST REGION                                    QUARTERLY STATEWIDE MEETING
                                                                 Brian Polk (305) 566-7943
    Crowley Museum (813) 322-1000                             Birch State Park, Sunrise Blvd.
     16404 Myakka Road, Sarasota                                      Fort Lauderdale
    The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                              MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA
                        article & photos by Clyde Payton
         It's time to report on another museum and boy have I got a good one
    for you this time! As all of you fellow FABA members know, I have this
    thing for museums, especially if they have lots of blacksmith related
    stuff to show off. This time Vi and I ran upon another real good one.
    It% called the Museum of Appalachia and it is near Norris, Tennessee.
    Norris is 16 miles north of Knoxville. You would take the Clinton-Nor-
    ris #I22 exit off Interstate 75 and go east one mile. The museum is on
    the north side of the Clinton-Norris Road, which is St. Rd. 61. There
    is a very nice and reasonably priced motel at this exit where Vi and I
    spent the night. The museum's mailing address is: Museum of
    Appalachia, Box 359, Norris, TN 37828, (615) 494-7680 or 494-0514.
         The museum is open every day all year round. The adult admission
    rate is $4.00 per person. Reduced rates are available for groups, fami-
    lies, children and senior citizens.
         The setting of this museum is on several acres of beautiful east
    Tennessee hill country where the natural forest trees still stand and
    bountiful garden patches and pasture land offer forth their bounty of
    fruits and vegetables and sleek cattle of all sorts. The theme of the
    museum is the life and times of the early Tennessee settlers. It offers
    the most authentic and complete reproduction of early pioneer life in
    Appalachia that I have every seen. All of the buildings, log cabins,
-   barns, churches, school house, chicken house, smoke house, corn cribs,
    outhouses, mill house, wheelwright house, blacksmith shops, general
    store, broom and rope house and rail fencing are either old originals      -
    hauled in and restored or authentic reproductions.                         -
         To make this setting and theme of utmost interest, Mr. John Rice
    Irwin, the museumls founder/owner, has traversed the most remote traces
    of Appalachia for over 25 years and has personally collected over
    250,000 frontier and pioneer relics. Mr. Irwin still actively collects
    appropriate antiques and curiosity pieces which are constantly added to
    the scene. Nowhere have I ever seen such a collection of period
    antiques in all my life!
         Of particular interest to me were two completely outfitted working
    blacksmith shops with every tool on display that you could imagine and
    many that you could not imagine! I saw some anvil designs that would
    boggle your mind. Also of particular interest was the rifle making dis-
    play, showing all the tools and equipment used in making the old fash-
    ioned "Kentucky Riflen,
         The Display Building is 10,000 square feet housing one of the
    nation's largest collections of frontier and pioneer memorabilia. Among
    the many, many displays is the tool collection which will boggle your
    mind. seeing the blacksmithing tools alone is worth the trip.
         Well laid out walking paths guides you to every building and dis-

    play. Be sure to wear good walking shoes because you will cover several
    miles. You can spend a whole day here very easily and I urge you to go
    prepared to do so. They serve a mighty fine lunch or you can bring your
    own and eat outside with any number of farm critters looking on.
         The museum's main annual event is the Tennessee Fall Homecoming
    which is conducted the second week in October. This is one of the
    nation's largest and most authentic old time mountain, craft and music
    festivals. Over 175 activities and demonstrations are going on, featur-
    ing I1living historyw artists and actors who know their stuff. This past
    October, the blacksmith demonstrator was Appalachian Chapter member Gray
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                      MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA (cant.)
     So fellow FABA members, the next time you are up in Tennessee,
you've just got to visit this place. [Editor's note: My wife, Mary,
has a book on Appalachian basketry written by John Rice Irwin, and he1:
written on other topics, too. He knows his stuff.]

                                               Clyde Payton
The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                         80FA QUAD STATE ROUNDUP
                     article t photos by Clyde Payton
     On September 27-29, Vi and I were very fortunate in attending the
main annual conference of the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA) Chap-
ter of ABANA. This yearly event is a joint effort of blacksmithing
enthusiasts from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky; however, there
were people there from many other states, including a few from Florida,
This event is analogous to the Southeastern Regional Blacksmith Confer-
ence in Madison, GA.
     The site of the conference, as in years past, was the homestead of
Emmert and Jane Studebaker, in Tipp City, near Dayton, Ohio, The home-
stead features a collection of old restored Studebaker log cabins and
houses and quite an excellent museum. The main feature is a broad col-
lection of Studebaker-built wagons, farm implements, cars, and trucks,
The feature I enjoyed most was the old restored Studebaker blacksmith
shop with an uncountable number of tools and iron work items.
     We would recommend staying at the nearby Super 8 Motel at 1-70 and
SR 202 if you go next year. The conference site offered plenty of free
self-contained camping space. The small town of Tipp City is an old and
quaint place which sports about a dozen antique shops and a fabulous
home-style restaurant called Sam and Ethells. The surrounding country-
side is nothing but beautiful farmland that is worth its own tour.
     The demonstrators were Bill Beeker, Bill Callaway, Doug Hendrick-
son, Chuck Patrick, FABA member Clay Spencer, and Ken Scharabok. There
was also a wide array of auxiliary programs.
     Aside from the excellent demonstrations, the feature I enjoyed most
was the tool sales area-both     individual sales and commercial sales.
Man, I went wild here! There were acres and acres of tailgate merchants
with some very good deals. I wished a thousand times I had gone in my
truck! Notwithstanding, I loaded down V i v s Crown V i c with many goodies
until the poor thing was dragging the ground, I was ashamed of myself
for abusing V i b s brand new Christmas present this way, but the car came
through delightfully (and I hope Vi will be speaking to me again soon!).
     A word to the w i s e i f you go, be sure to take your truck, not your
wife's car.


     If you've glanced at a newspaper lately, you've seen a big, shiny,
hand-forged hook advertising Book, the new Peter Pan movie.
     FABA member Clyde Payton sent in a newspaper clipping from the Tal-
lahassee Democrat about the California makers of Captain Hook's hook,
bladesmith Alex Collins and blacksmith Tony Swatton. They made the sev-
eral hooks and bases used in the movie, plus a set of attachments to
replace the hook that included a magnifying glass, claw, hammer, fork,
spoon, corkscrew, comb, and mirror. They also made Tinkerbellvs daggers
and scabbards, and the dagger that was stuck through a ransom note at
the beginning of the movie.
     If you stay to read the movie's credits, you won't see the smith's
names. Swatton said " I b m just one of the many Hollywood peons. ..but
it was my work." Not even Hollywood can get along without blacksmiths!
The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

         photos by Clyde Payton

                              Ironwork display
    The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                                BLACKSMITHS IN THE UKRAINE                              a
         Walt Anderson has been doing his part for international relations
    by sending up-to-date blacksmithing books to some isolated smiths in the
    West Ukraine. This is a letter he received recently, handwritten in
    English, just as you see it below.
          Good afternoon, dear Walt Anderson! Thank you very much for your
    friendly feelings and wonderful books. They are ones of the best we
    have ever seen, containing very useful information for us. We are glad
    to know there are people with kind heart, sympathetic to our plight. We
    are very glad to this acquaintance and will try it become a real friend-
          When my 7-year-old son Zachar brought your letter, he was as glad
    as I was. Our friends read your book far into the night. What a pity,
    you have written so little about yourself, about your work, about what
    you are doing now. If you can, write please. We'll be waiting for some
    news from you.
          Our children's school is closed now because we were turned out of
    the forge that we had to rent from a new director. He said that he did
    not need that. We have not our own forge yet; we depend on someone who
    has business premises, metal, means of production.
          But we have our first success. We bought an air hammer for the
    money paid for the church fence. That fence was simple but effective.
          Changes in that country are very great. But nobody knows are they
    good or not. Democratic changes are following by the raising cost of
    living, high prices. Demand for forged things is also not so big                    I
    because of its high price. But there are a lot of things to be restored             -
"   and many new buildings where gates, grills, balconies, etc., are needed.
          There are obvious changes for the worse. Every people in our town
    was given coupons, permitting to buy 2 pairs of socks, one trousers, 1
    pair of shoes, etc., per year.
          We do very hope that these are signs of a system that is going
    away. It passes our comprehension. There is no worse to come. But I
    think everything will soon pass. The soul became free of dogmas and we
    hope to solve our problems. I want to believe that we shall pass the
    blacksmith baton to our sons and with their and your help they will
    understand that the joy of creating is more important than the lack of
    sausage and trousers.
          We thank you once more, Walt Anderson, and we are grateful to other
    blacksmiths of your wonderful country for your help and friendly feel-
    ings. Let the fire in your hearts and your smithies never go out!
          Please write about yourself. Best wishes to your wife and children
    from ours.
                         Blacksmiths Nikolaj Jemeljanchuk and Sergej Polubotko
         Editor" note: FABA exchanges newsletters with these smiths, as
    well as smiths in Estonia and Czechoslovakia. Mail, of course, is slow
    and uncertain. By reading The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r Breaker they can get to
    know, our activities, and our work. It would be wonderful if
    FABA members could all send these fellow smiths snapshots of themselves
    and their work, and letters about living and smithing in Florida. Pic-
    ture postcards might be nice, too. Write to:
                        Nikolaj Jemeljanchuk
                        Gastello Str. 9/10
                        Ivano, Frankovsk
                        284005 West Ukraine
                The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r B r e a k e r , December, 1991/January, 1992

                                JIG FOR TRIANGLE
                                 Willard Smith
This will let you make 12", 14It, and 20" triangles with two heats and
two bends for production work.
     Cut and weld 2" channel as shown.
     Draw a center line as shown. Get holes laid out and centerpunched.
     Cut 3 - 1 / 8 " ~ 2pieces long enough to go past holes shown by broken
     line. Weld on bottom side of web.
     Drill 13/1611 holes.
     Cut 3-1/81tx1/2w     stock the length of the 2" flat.
     Cut 6-%wx%wx%w spacer. Weld this under holes so pins will not drop
     on through.
     Weld on 2"~2"x%~@     backstop as shown. Place 3 chisel marks to the
     right of the back stop to use as a start mark when starting to bend
     the triangle.
     Weld square stock in center, as shown from bottom side, to fit vise
     or hole in anvil.


   End view of 2" channel

               2 " ~ 2 2 ~channel

                               square stock to fit
                                                                /      3 chisel    mark.
                                  anvil or vise
            round stock
3-3 /41tx2-+1t
for holes in jig
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                     Notes from the Gas Forge Workshop
                                             Steve Bloom

      The following are notes from Rob Gunter's lecture on the care and feeding of the
      atmospheric gas forge. Any discrepancies or inaccuracies are due to my note taking, so
      don't blame Rob!

      I. Thermocouple Installation:

             Insert the probe into the ceramic tube as far as it will go. Thoroughly pack the tube
      with kaolwool to prevent oxygen from entering the tube ( if it does, the probe will burn out).
      Drill a snug hole positioned 0.5" from the rear insulated surface and mid-way between the
      floor and ceiling of the forge. Be sure to position the meter well away from the forge since
      the exterior will reach 400"F on a welding heat.

              I have installed my
      thermocouple as shown in Fig.1.
      The use of the angle-iron

      supports the electrode lead, aids
      in locating the probe in the forge
      (clamp the lead between the                                                             u
      pieces of angle-iron when the
      probe is correctly positioned),
      and allows the use of excess
      kaolwool to insulate the probe
      and lead. Go VERY slow when
      drilling the access hole - the                                                      Side View
      insulation is very brittle. Try to
      drill a small hole and then sand
      the hole to the correct diameter
      with a wooden dowel & a wrap
      of sandpaper. DON'T INHALE THE DUST.

      11. Hinge Features:
              The hinge is designed to swing the door away from the forge as the door opens (to
      preserve the insulation). The hinge should be lubricated with a high temperature grease
      (1200 " F lithium should do).

      111. Flux Problems:
              Flux, especially borax, will quickly destroy the insulation. Therefore, minimize flux
      use. If a lot of flux is used, try to protect the left side by inserting a ceramic barrier. Kiln
      shelves may do (I've acquired a 2400"F shelf fragment from a local potter - the shelves are
      approximately 314" thick and can be cut with a masonry-abrasive saw). To even out wear
      on the floor tile, rotate the tile 180".

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                      The ~ l o r i d aClinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

    IV. Modifications:
           It is possible to add a door or - - in the rear of the forge to allow the heating of
    long objects. If you do, be aware that wear & tear will increase dramatically. It is possible
    to scale the forge up and down but maintain the proportions of burners:volume of the
    standard forge. Use Prep-Sol (;I Du Pont product) or wipe down with acetone before
    painting. Any high temperature manifold paint should be adequate. The paint should not
    harm the insulation.

    V. Starter:
           A spark ignitor can be installed in the up-stream pipe (nearest the value). Get an
    ignitor with a round sleeve (I've found one at Wal-Mart for under $9.00 and it has a short
    ignitor section extending from the ceramic sleeve). Drill an access hole just above the bend
    in the pipe as it connects to the top of the forge. Use a radiator clamp and a bracket to
    support the ignitor. Use a mirror in the forge to look up into the pipe. Adjust the ignitor
    to 3/16" to 1/4" off the read wall of the pipe. Adjust the gap until the spark is consistent.
    Rig a mount to one side to avoid melting the hand unit.

    VI. Fine Tuning:
            To drive out water (which will be adsorbed into the insulation), light off the forge,
    let it briefly heat, then cool down. Then bring it up to normal temperatures. If you omit
    the 'curing' phase, the insulation may be damaged. Depending on the humidity and the

*   frequency of use, you may have to do this repeatedly. Once the forge is up to 1500"F, slide
    the gas tube back and forth until the flame is even on both sides. Rotate the tube until the
    roar is smooth and at a maximum level. The temperature will rise rapidly when you get it
    right. Light the forge at 15-18 PSI and maintain until the auto-ignite point is reached. It
    can coast at 2 PSI (1100-1200"F) and 4 PSI will produce 1800°F. Use the ball value as a
    coarse adjustment and the regulator as a fine adjustment.

    VII. My comments:
            I've mounted my forge at just under eye level so as to minimize the chance of
    banging up the interior. I've also created a long ' 'shaped tool to allow me to push and
    pull objects around in the forge. I've found that even when my hand is several inches from
    the opening and I move fast, the welding glove still smokes. Thus it helps to drag out and
    position objects so I can grab them with tongs without being forced to put my hand directly
    in line with the forge opening. The only problem that I have encountered so far is getting
    the forge down below 2150"F (even at 4 PSI). To echo Brad Silverberg's comments in the
    Anvil's Ring (Vo1.19(1),1991), it's possible to get hooked on using a Gunter gas forge!
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                                      30-GALLON DRUM FORGE
                                        Charlie Stemmann
Partial material list:

Base:                30-gallon drum
Center tube:         4" tube (I used SST. Both tubes can be almost anything,
                     for example, black pipe.)
Blower tube:         2" tube (see note above)
Blower:              Grainger #4C441A ( $ 3 2 )
Refractory:          Kaocast. Comes in 1 0 0 # bags-enough to make two forges.
                     Good to 3 0 0 0 OF. Available from: Superior Brick &
                     Refractory Service, P.O. Box 1732, Riverview, FL 3 3 5 6 9 ,
                      (813)   671~2233

                                                                     Cut hole to fit center
                                                               ,Ct       out top as close to
                                                                     side as possible. Save
                                                                     the top. You are going
                                                                     to use it.

        30-gallon drum
                                                                     Drill holes for sheet

                                                                 I   metal screws, about 6-9
                                                                     Place top on screws and
                                                                     braze or weld in place.

          I     &lzr&Blower                           tube welded or brazed to center
                                            A =     1%" or firebrick height
                                            B =     approx. 5"-6" from bottom of top
                                            e   =    1 , 2 1
                                                    8 11 9 1

          - -
Use a round piece of metal with %" holes drilled in
it for a grate that can be removed, or make a grate
out of 3 / 8 I f rod stock with %I1 spacing.                                @
                   The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

@   Use a plate a little bit bigger in width than the center tube. Drill or
    make hole to fit center tube in the plate. Braze or weld plate flush to

    Use a plate or a piece of sheet
                                       Angle welded or brazed to plate.

    metal for a sliding draft or ash

                                                          &Fill in with fire
                                                          brick       and/or
                                                          refractory,    and
                                                          form fire pot.

                                                           Cut hole in drum
                                                           to match blower
    Cut hole in drum to
@   get at ash door.  Can
    add dogs, or leave as

                 Charlie Stemmann with the 30-Gallon Drum Forge
                             photos by Pete Yockey
The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

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                                        JEFFREY, CHARLIE, N 1 ME
                            by Joe Elliot in The Hot Iron News, fall, 1991,
                         newsletter of the Northwest Blacksmiths Association

             n i s article was witten to briefly describe the      Saturday, so we had most of Friday to finish the panel - no
    process (as opposed to "How To") o f a workshop led by         problem.
    JeffieyFunk The hours were long and the work hard, but
    the final product was a fine addition to the world of          Day 4 (Friday) 7 am - 3 am
    contemporary iron work Jeffiey was unwavering in his                    Peel Darryl off shop floor. Heated tree and
    striw fbr perfktion and the skills of the attending            textured, silver solder rosettes in place, assembled Charlie
    cra itsmen self-evident.                                       and fit to panel. At 3 pm panel was masked and ready for
                                                                   sand-blasting, and we thought we had it made. Half hour
            It was a cool October night when Jeffrey pulled        for blasting, one hour for patinas and on the road at 5pm -
    up. Waiting in my shop were Smokey Adams, Ike Bay,             WRONG. The sand-blasting equipment was totally
    Dave Thompson, Grant Sarver, Jeff Holtby, Darryl Nelson,       inadequate and rather than risk damage to the panel (and
    and Thomas Hunziker, (some heavy hitters). Jeffrey did         ourselves) we decided to call it quits and bring the panel to
    his best to shake off a 17 hour drive and we talked a bit      the Conference as is. By 7 pm we were on the road north,
    about the panel design and materials. We all thought it        slightly bummed but knowing we did our best.
    was a somewhat ambitious project, but achievable in the
    three day time allotment.                                      Day 5 (Saturday)
                                                                           As Darryl and Jeff are driving into the Conference
    Day 1 uuesday) 8 am - 1lpm                                     they spot a cloud of dust. A couple hours later we retrieve
             The design was drafted to full scale, stock was cut   our sand-blasted panel. The next hours were spent wire
    to size, and Jeffrey demo-ed some of his wonderful             brushing, tapping holes, and applying patinas and finishes. -
    tooling. Veining has begun on frame, tenons on branches        By 8 pm it was done and it was beautiful. It was an
    started, and the brass cut and "outlined". We left the shop    emotionally magical moment - joyous in its completion
    feeling good.                                                  and yet sorrow that is was over. The prior days all began '
                                                                   to make sense as did the many special moments found
    Day 2 (Wednesday) 8 am - 2 all1                                within those long nights.
            Frame veining, chamfering was completed, top
    and bottom pieces were bent and most of the holes              Thank you Jeffrey for sharing so much,
    punched and drifted. The "stiffness" of stainless proved to
    he an asset during this process since there was basically      Joe
    zero edge distortion. Branches were drawn out to basic
    shapes; tenons completed. Main body of Charlie                 Frame:            304 Stainless 518" x 1 1/2"
    (Flamingo) was done and mostly planished. Copper               Tree:             A-36 112" x 1 114" and 114" x 2 112"
    rosettes were started. All in all another feel good day but    Charlie :         206 brass 1 gauge
    there was a general feeling that we had 1 , ) be real busy                       460 bronze 1" round
    boys tomorrow. We also knew that abor~thalf the gang           Rosettes:         copper 114" round
    had to leave Thursday evening.

    Day 3 mursday) 7 am - 3 am
            Frame was done. Rosettes done. Branches fitted,
    riveted, and bent to shape. Trunk welded into place.                         s                                                      s      -
    There was an afternoon demo on the very upper forging                I Joe klliott is the proprietor of " ~ @raditional
                                                                             ,                                      e
    range, of bronze resulting in a slight design change.           ,Blacksmith,i Shop'" ,in , i~edmond, Oyegonl.;:i;iAlthough
                                                                                                                , , , , < I # qtl,,   ,',I 8

    Charlie's legs were forged, his neck and head cut, repossed      "trditional" .doesn't describe Joe's appro$~h,:,~he   does
    and planished. At 3 am there were four of us left standing.      architechdal work as well as hardware. J O has been
    However, we were all brain dead. (with the exception of          BS'ing full time,for the lapt six years. His recent aquisi-
@   Darryl, who was grinding until 5 am). We all had to be           tion of an enourmous k-B Nazel hammer indicates his
                                                                     intention to stay w i h it.
    350 miles north (for the NWBA Conference) by 8 am
The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                                          Famers' ~ o n g s *
                                           Steve Bloom

     A quick (and dirty) way to create a set of tongs that hold flat stock well is to:


                                                              1: Acquire a set of old & abused
                                                             tongs from a flea market;

                                                 I            2: Insert a stack of 112" ID washers
                                                      1      in the jaws (I found that 6 did
                                                               - - .

                                                             3: Slag weld the washers together

                                                             and to the jaws (try not to weld the
                                                             jaws together!) and cut off (or burn
                          n                                  off) any excess jaw length.

                                                             4: Build up the profile with more
                                                             welding and grind into a graceful

                                                             5: Adjust the jaws to the target
                                                             stock, build up and grind the lips
                                                             and side appropriately; and

                                                              voila - a set of farriers' tongs!

      * with apologies to J.C. Hawkins who has shown me how to make this style of tongs

ABANA chapter newsletters may reprint this article, provided the author's copyright is
reproduced with the article and     Florida Clinker Breaker is credited as the source.
               The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                              Clyde Payton
     The Northwest Region had its regular meeting the second Saturday in
November at the home and shop of Skeeter and Lou Prather. They are such
gracious and generous hosts-I   think this makes the fourth year they
have hosted a regional meeting at their home in Tallahassee and each
time gets better. Over 36 people attended.
     The weather was cool and crisp--just right for blacksmithing (and a
light coat). Skeeter had everything all set up and marked off awaiting
the starting of fires when we arrived. The most welcomed thing was a
big pot of hot coffee. He had arranged for two different forging con-
tests: one was to make one item from a piece of black pipe and one was
to make a drawer pull. The winner of each got a brand new cross peen
hammer as a prize, The judges were Cathy Grissett from Enterprise, AL;
Vi Payton of Monticello; and Lou Prather, our hostess. By mid-afternoon
all entries were in and the judges were called to perform their duty.
All entries were very well made and the judging was difficult. Sixteen-
year-old Jamie Watson was the winner for using pipe; he made a very
attractive candleholder. Pat Imbimbo was the winner for the drawer
pull; he made a two-piece unit with a bracket and a falling handle with
a forged bail on each end-a   very attractive piece, also.
     At noon Lou Prather gave us all a feast of Brunswick stew, cabbage
slaw, fresh baked Mexican cornbread, and brownies for dessert. One big
fellow thought that Lou baked all those brownies especially for him;
after lunch I even saw him fleeing the scene with the whole pan in hand.   -
I will not mention his name but his initials are Pat Imbimbo. One thing
we did sorely miss was Mrs. Myrtle White's (Skeeter's mother) fresh-
baked biscuits. Mrs. White has moved back to Live Oak and so could not     .
attend this meeting.
     We had several visitors at this meeting and Clyde Payton promptly
signed two of them up as new FABA members. They are Craig Segers, of
Panama City, and Hamid Garmestani, of Tallahassee, who spoke at our
December meeting on metallurgy as it relates to blacksmithing.
     One of our most faithful and diligent FABA members is Jim Croft, a
Tallahassee elementary school teacher and one of the most patient people
I have ever met. Jim distinguished himself further on this day by tak-
ing under his wing a flock of little fledgling blacksmiths, and this
group of four little boys stuck with him the whole day! The youngest
was Nick Wilde, 4, and the others were Adam Wilde, 6, Thomas Wilde, 9,
and Dane Collette, 13. Intermittently other youngsters would partici-
pate, but they did not have near the attention span of these four. Jim
didn't get to join the forge competition because he was so busy with his
Napprenticesw-I've never heard so many questions and so many good and
patient answers in all my life. After the day was over these four lit-
tle fellows proudly showed everyone in attendance the hooks they had
made. Jim Croft, your fellow FABA members appreciate you greatly!

                               Jim Lollis
     The Northwest Region of FABA gathered December 14 at the Tallahas-
see Junior Museum to hear a presentation by Dr. Hamid Garmestani of the
FSU-FAMU School of Engineering. Dr. Garmestani works mainly with com-
posite materials combining ceramics with metals to achieve compounds of
unusual strength, lightness, durability, and resistance to high tempera-
    The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

    ture. He gave us a brief introduction to ferrous metallurgy, and           m
    answered questions about how the crystalline structure of iron and steel
    are affected by heat and distortion.
         The give and take between FABA members and Dr. Garmestani was much
    enhanced by the presence of Master Bladesmiths A1 Pendray and Charles
    Ochs, whose interest in metallurgy sparked some interesting exchanges.
    The professor may have learned as much as we did-for  our part, we much
    appreciate his willingness to share with us his expertise.
         After the talk the group made a beeline for the 1880s farm kitchen
    and enjoyed a delicious dinner of down-home cookin' prepared by Donna
    Wooland, the Museum's weekend interpreter. Finally, some fires were lit
    and work began. Willard Smith brought spring steel and fashioned a
    replica cane stripper for the Museum to use in its own cane patch.
    Willard also took time to introduce a couple of new members to the
    craft, and made leaves for a few visiting children.
         Present were: Skeeter Prather, Robert Waltz, Jamie Watson, Bill
    Tyler, Pat Imbimbo, Clyde Payton, Ralph Hoffman, Paco de la Fuente,
    Alexander de la Fuente, Willard Smith, Ed Crane, Charles Ochs, A1 Pen-
    dray, Bill and Patty Robertson, Dr. Hamid Garmestani, and Jim Lollis.
                  GAS FORGE WORK8HOP REPORT (from an observer)
                                   Tycee Grice
         Well, gals (all wives and girlfriends), believe it or not, I had no
    idea how this workshop would work, Men started arriving on Friday
-   afternoon, and Robb Gunter (the creator of this perfect contrawtion),      e

    arrived about 6:30 and started laying out what they would be making. On
    Saturday morn, everybody was here by 8 AM (a couple were only 10 minutes
    late!), and the workshop began. I've always taken pride in the size of
    our shop and how clean we keep it, but within 30 minutes you could have
    fooled me! Pieces were all over the place, plus 28 men (P. J.
    Schrimsher couldn't make it due to a death in her family). You couldnvt
    walk through anywhere! But they all pitched in with each group and pro-
    ceeded to make this contraption come together. They worked until 7 PM
    and then came down to our house for dinner. They were all wore out, and
    everyone that stayed at our house was asleep by 11 PM, including Jerry.
         8 AM Sunday morn, they began again. And finally started getting
    them finished by about 4:30. As each was checked and okayed, people
    started heading home. I pity those that had to drive several hours
    because I know they had to be pretty pooped out!
         Again, my original assumption was that each person would make his
    own forge, but it was a community effort. Each was numbered and they
    all drew lots to see which would belong to whom.
         May each and every one have a great forge and enjoy working on it!
                               Pete Brandenburg
         This is a combined December, 1991/January, 1992 newsletter. I
    missed the'December issue because we were swamped at work (Mary and I
    make our living at a small business). For recent members, this was the
    first newsletter I've missed in three years, so I doubt if it will hap-
    pen again. This and subsequent issues will carry all of the how-to
    articles, tips, news, etc., that would have appeared, but I apologize
    for any disruptions caused by the missing meeting announcements.
                   The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r B r e a k e r , December, 1991/January, 1992

e                               1992 ABANA CONFERENCE
         If you're heading west this summer, plan to be in San Luis Obispo,
    CA, June 17-21 for the 1992 Artist Blacksmith Association of North Amer-
    ica (ABANA) conference. International demonstrators and lecturers
    include Manfred Bergmeister of Germany, the leading blacksmith in
    Europe; Hermann Gradinger of Germany; Cara Frost, Claudia Petley, Alan
    Evans, and Peter Parkinson of England; Goro Hatanaka and Kotaro Kurata
    of Japan, and Walter Suter of Switzerland. North Americans include Joe
    Anderson, Jim Austin, Peter Baloun, Louie Barrette, Joseph Bonifas, Jay
    Burnham-Kidwell, Eric Clausen, Jeffrey Funk, Hoss Haley, Daniel Miller,
    Eric ~oebius,Daryl Nelson, Bruce Northridge, Brad Silberberg, Rick
    Smith, and Doug Wilson. Robb Gunter will make a presentation on the now
    famous Sandia gas forge.
         For the first time at an ABANA conference, there will be a blade-
    smithing "conference within a conference."   lades smith demonstrators
    include Phil Baldwin, Bill Fiorini, Dan Maragni, Daryl Meier, Gene Chap-
    man, Bill Harsley, Jim Hrisoulas, and Scott Lankton.
         George Dixon, chief blacksmith at Samuel Yellin Metalworkers, will
    lead a hands-on teaching workshop throughout the entire conference with
    several other skilled teachers assisting at the 17 forging stations.
         Toby Hickman is coordinating the volunteers. If you'd like to vol-
    unteer a few hours before, during, or after the conference, get in touch
    with him, and tell him if you have anything particular in mind. Write
    to Toby at 6030 Roblar Road, Petaluma, CA 94952, or call him at (707)
         ABANA members will get a conference packet in March or April. If
@   you haven't joined ABANA yet, write to ask for conference info. ABANAqs
    address is P. 0. Box 1181, Nashville, IN 47448.

                               ABANA DEMONSTRATOR LIST

         ABANA is going to send an updated list of demonstrators to all the
    chapters in March. If you'd like to get on the list, send your name,
    address, fee schedule, and a brief description (no more than 100 words)
    to Clayton Carr, Rt. 2, Box 2911, Kennewick, WA 99337.

                Claiborne Smith, Conference Secretary/Treasurer
    Total receipts ............................ $19,822.48
    Total expenses ............................ 11.757.83
    Balance ................................... 8,064.65
    Less seed money refunded to FABA
    Net balance
                                      .......... 500.00
                ............................... 7,564.65
    Less proceeds distribution
         Alabama Chapter  ............. $1212.93
         Appalachian Chapter  ......... $1212.93
         Florida Chapter (FABA)  ...... $1212.93
         North Carolina Chapter  ...... $1212.93
         Tullie Smith Chapter  ........ $1212.93
    Seed money for 1993 conference ............ $1,500.00
     Editor Pete Brandenburg has a detailed breakdown; call him if you want
    more info.
The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 199f/January, 1992

                        Norma Austin, Secretary
     Still at the site of the 1991 FABA conference, FABA1s Board of
Trustees held their annual post-conference meeting, with a number of
general members also in attendance.
     President Lewis Riggleman thanked everyone for helping to put on
super conference." He also announced that our own Willard Smith has
been selected as the Program Chairman for the 1993 Southeast Regional
Blacksmith Conference in Madison, GA, and asked all of us to stand ready
to assist Willard.
     It was voted that we present a $100 donation to the Pioneer Settle-
ment for the Creative Arts in Barberville, to show our appreciation for
using their grand facilities, and that we make arrangements to ensure
that we can again hold our 1992 conference at the same location. It was
also voted that FABA funds be used to pay for the two T-shirts presented
to the demonstrators. In addition, it was voted that $200 be allocated
for expenses for the winner, Houston Cotton, of the one week tuition at
the John C. Campbell Folk School blacksmith course.
     Carol Stuart declined to accept lodging funds from FABAts confer-
ence expense funds, but stipulated that such funds be used in an educa-
tional manner. Thereupon, a motion was made and carried that a Roger
Stuart Endowment Fund be established. This fund will be set up with the
amount that would have been paid at a hotel for three nights. Other
funds will be added, as voted on by membership at later meetings.
     The 1992 FABA conference is to be held at the same location. By
vote, a cap of $4500 was placed on conference expenses. The increase
was occasioned by inflation, and generally increased fees of nationally
known blacksmith demonstrators.

     After discussion, it was voted that regular audit of FABAss books
be established on a routine basis, i.e., every two years, or upon change
in the Treasurer, It was further decided that audits would be done by a
committee of FABA members rather than by an expensive public auditor.
In re current books, there will be an audit as soon after January 1,
1992, as possible, and the committee of five will include FABA1s Presi-
dent, Lewis Riggleman, as chairman, plus Jim and Gloria Corbet, and Don
and Vicki Lester.
     Program Chairman Steve Kalb spoke briefly thanking all for helping
him during his two-year tenure, and for helping him with the two confer-
ences that he masterminded. Tico Rubio also thanked all for their
assistance to him on the site at Barberville during preparations for the
                        FINANCIAL FACT8 FOR FABA
                         Carl Austin, Treasurer
Financial report for the October 1991 annual conference:
     Total conference income ..........................  $4434.82
          includes auction ($1592.25), registration
          fees, buck-in-the-bucket raffles, T-shirt
          sales, and donations
     Total conference expenses ........................  $4370.09
          includes Blacksmith and Family Program
          demonstrator honorariums, hotels, meals,
          travel expenses, printing, postage, T-shirts
     Total conference profit (loss) ...............,...    $64,. 73 (loss)
                   The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

          Because Family Program demonstrator Carol Stuart declined to accept
    expense money for hotel costs during our recent conference, our FABA
    coffers are $147 richer. Carol and Roger asked that these funds be used
    for education, and, as a result, the Roger Stuart Endowment Fund was
    established and contains $147.
          Carol also did not submit a claim for meals. Additional funds were
    donated back to FABA when John Dittmeier and Willard Smith did not claim
    materials fees and both donated student fees back to FABA. In addition,
    Willard did not claim meals and mileage. These generous considerations
    added approximately $245 to FABAgs account, over and above the original
          It is my intent to ask the membership to vote for this amount to be
    added to the Roger and Carol Stuart Endowment Fund at the next meeting.
          (Editor's note: Almost breaking even at the Annual Conference is
    OK, especially in a recession year. However, if we measured the results
    in fun and knowledge gained, instead of dollars, our profits would be
    huge !)

                     ONE SMITH'S VIEW OF THE 1991 CONFERENCE
                         David Andresen, 21 October 1991
         Well, folks, the Big Bang Weekend is over. Thanks to a prod from
    Lewis Riggleman, I hitched up the ole pop-up, fed the cats, !n-eaded
    up to Barberville. That's the last time 1'11 ever doubt anything you
    all say concerning time spent for enjoyment, learning, and all-round
@   good times.
         My returns in newly acquired skills will fuel greater efforts to
    keep the anvil singing. Willard Smith had the four of us all going hot
    Ing heavy in the first ten minutes on Friday morning. He did a great
    job and provided good answers and techniques for all our needs. On Sat-
    urday, John Dittmeier continued his exploration of metallurgy magic.
    His ability to make steel respond in such a way is certainly a gift.
    His items on display on Saturday night prove that.
         While we're on the subject of gifts, Roger Btuart gave us a message
    on Sunday that will stay with Eleanor and me for many years to come.
    Thank you, Roger. My horseshoe is on the wall by my anvil. Thank you
    all. We cangt think of anything to improve the event. Anticipation for
    next year (or even next week out at Crowley) should provide incentive
    for a little show Ins tell.

                          MINIATURE ANVILS AND HAMMERS
                                Mary Brandenburg
         Many FABA members saw Bill Robertsg lovely miniature brass hammers
    (modeled after one made by master blacksmith J, C Hawkins) and anvils
    at the 1991 FABA conference. Bill is an expert metalsmith and former
    professional jeweler, so they were meticulously made. I bought one of
    each immediately and combined them with some hematite (iron ore) beads
    to make a pair of earrings. Other folks at the conference planned to
    use them for charms and necklaces, and of course the miniature anvil and
@   tool collectors all needed them for their collections.
         There are less than a dozen hammers and anvils left, priced at $20
    for each. If you want them, act fast. Contact Bill Roberts: 542 Silver
    Crs. Terrace, Ocala, FL 32672, (904) 687-2959.
T h e F l o r i d a C l i n k e r B r e a k e r , December, 1991/January, 1992

                                   1992 FABA CONFERENCE
     Program Chairman Bill Roberts and Family Program Coordinator Anne
Reynolds are already working on plans for our next conference, again to
be held at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville.
Some of the demonstrators are lined up. Clay Spencer, a FABA member
from Alabama, will demonstrate using a treadle hammer and treadle hammer
tools. He'll bring at least one that will be for sale after the confer-
ence, and John Dittmeier will haul his up for anyone interested to exam-
ine and experiment with. Master Bladesmith Steve Schwarzer, a FABA mem-
ber from Pomona Park, Florida, will demonstrate bladesmithing. Black-
smith Tim Ryan will perform his famous medicine show act.
     We'll pass on more details as they become available, If you've got
any suggestions or ideas, pass them on to Bill or Anne.

     What would you like to do at next year's conference? In the past,
Family Program activities have included area tours, broommaking, bas-
ketry, jewelry making, T-shirt design, and lots of other choices. Is
there something you'd like to learn more about? Family Program Coordi-
nator Anne Reynolds has started planning for next fall's conference;
please let her know what you'd like to do! Contact Anne at 11064 Sunset
Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411, home (407) 793-2452, work (407) 640-
      Is there something        vou
                            would like to demonstrate? Tell Anne about           -
that, too. Like the blacksmithing demonstrators, Family Program demon-           4
strators receive a small honorarium plus reimbursement for hotel rooms,
meals, and mileage-it's  a good deal!

                               FABA 1991 ELECTION RESULTS
                                 Norma Austin, Secretary
     At the closing date (November 15, 1991) for FABA elections, 61
votes had been cast. Our new 199211993 officers are as follows:
          President: Tico Rubio
          Trustees: Carl Austin, Steve Bloom, Clyde Payton
          Program Chairman: Bill Roberts
          SecretaryITreasurer: Roger and Carol Stuart
     Recorded by Norma Austin (ballots are in the files). [See the box
at the top of page 27 for a complete list of FABA officers and

                             BLACKSMITH DEMONSTRATOR NEEDED
     The Gamble Plantation Historic Site in Ellenton Florida is looking
for a blacksmith to demonstrate at their 32nd annual festival on Sunday,
March 22, 1992. They are looking for an 1850s-style demonstration.
There is no payment for demonstrating, but you can also sell your wares
by paying a $10 flat fee. They expect 6,000-8,000 people. For more
information, contact park manager Robert Perry, Gamble Plantation His-
toric Site, 3708 Patton Avenue, Ellenton, FL 34222, (813) 723-4536.
               The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                              NEW MEMBERS
                         Carl and Norma Austin
George Barthelmes, Jr., RR 1 Box 495, Lake City, FL 32055, H: (904) 755-
     5488. George was a heat treater in the steel industry for 10
     years. He needs EVERYTHING to get started in blacksmithing.
Rame Campbell, 3041 Southern Pine Trail, Orlando, FL 32826, H: (407)
Harlan Fisher, 15671 Glendale Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Harlan has
     taken a blacksmithing class at the John C. Campbell Folk School,
     and has volunteered as a blacksmith demonstrator for the last three
     years at the Georgia Mountain Fair.
Alexander & Paco de la Fuente, 1317 Dillard Street, Tallahassee, FL
     32312, H: (904) 386-5249. This father-son team came t o the Talla-
     hassee Junior Museum, interested in architectural ironwork.
Lee de la Fuente, 1317 Dillard Street, Tallahassee, FL 32312.
Hamid Garmestani, Mechanical Engineering 2175, Florida State University,
     Tallahassee, FL 32316, H: (904) 386-3035, W: (904) 487-6067. Hamid
     is a mechanical engineering professor at FSU in metallurgy,
     microscopy, and mechanics.
Louis Grieshop, 520 Grieshop Drive, Dade City, FL 33525, H: (904) 588-
     3328. Louis is anxious to find equipment He did not know about
     FABA-he   found us by chance. He needs an anvil, vise, forge, and
     other tools. He says to call him collect if you hear of any avail-
Allen Hardwick, P.O. Box 72, Altoona, FL 32702, H: (904) 669-5644, W:
     (904) 669-3829. Allen is interested in all there is to know about
     blacksmithing. He needs coal.
Gayward Hendry, 577 Branscomb Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043, H:
     (904) 282-1215.
Randy Hill, RR 2 Box 850, Williston, FL 32696, H: (904) 528-5965. Randy
     "makes gas forges and well-drilling equipment."  He is interested
     in general forge work and knifemaking.
Ralph Hoffman, 3130 47 Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201, IL: (309) 788-
     3992, FL: (904) 637-3028. Ralph has 35 years of blacksmith experi-
     ence. He is interested in all areas FABA has to offer.
Jerry Jones, 426 62 Avenue NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702, H: (813) 522-
     5145. Jerry says he spent time watching his grandfather when he
     was young, and has had some backyard experience. He is interested
     in forge welding, blademaking, gun barrel making, art, tools, etc.
     He needs everything except a forge and blower.
John Jones, Jr., P.O. Box 724, Newberry, FL 32699, H: (904) 472-2777.
     John is interested in general blacksmithing. He needs coal, anvil,
     vise, and tools.
Ralph Kretaer, 4040 South Gate Point, Homosassa, FL 32646, H: (904) 628-
     4055. Ralph has had 60 years off and on of full time black-
     smithing. He has been demonstrating for years. He also is inter-
     ested in the historical aspect-setting  up craft villages.
Paul McClelland, 11135 SW 78 Court, Miami, FL 33156, H: (305) 665-4805.
     Paul is interested in all aspects of blacksmithing. He currently
     is apprenticing with an English master blacksmith. He needs coal.
Steve Middleton, 607 SE CR 234, Gainesville, FL 32601, H: (904) 378-
     8255. Steve has had limited experience, but is interested in
     wheelwright work.
Ralph Monteith, 440 Laura Lane, Mount Dora, FL 32757, H: (904) 343-3464.
Sam Nelson, P.O. Box 352, Crescent City, FL 32112, H: (904) 698-1991.
     Sam is interested in knives and ornamentals.
The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

Don Plante, P.O. Box 37, Tavares, FL 32778, H: (904) 343-1914. Don is a      II)
     beginning blacksmith studying with Tico Rubio. He needs all items
     on the application, plus "otherow
Steve Schwarzer, P.O. Box 4, Pomona Park, FL 32181, H: (904) 649-5026,
     FAX: (904) 649-8585. Steve wrote on his application that he has
     had ' a lot1' of blacksmith experience and is interested in knifemak-
     ing (Steve is a nationally known Master Bladesmith).
Craig Segers, 5138 Star Avenue, Panama City, FL 32404, H: (904) 763-
     7442, Craig has very little blacksmithing experience, but is
     interested in 1800s frontier outfitting.     He needs coal and a post
Richard Shields, 787 Ridge Park Drive, Tucker, GA 30084, H: (404) 491-
Dale Smith, P.O. Box 1180, Belleview, FL 32620, H: (904) 245-3815. Dale
     joined at the October annual conference. He has had "4 hours
     blacksmithing experience.Iv He needs EVERYTHING. He is interested
     in blades, tools, and cooking utensils.
Everett Thrush, 224 West Pierce Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809.
Kenneth Valentine, 801 N Cleveland, Fort Meade, FL 33841, H: (813) 285-
     9080. Kenneth is a beginning blacksmith, he says, but is a general
     shop teacher at Hardee County High School. He needs coal, a
     blower, and hand tools.
Roger Van Arnam, 5760 NE 33 Street #C, Silver Springs, FL 32688, H:

     (904) 236-5364. Roger has 10 years experience as an amateur. He
     also is interested in reenactments.
Kurt Walbann, 112 Longspur Court, Daytona Beach, FL 32119.
Jamie Watson, 784 Sally Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312, H: (904) 668-2178.

                            NEWS ABOUT MEMBERS
     In September Tics Rubio taught the first formal blacksmithing class
at the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, in Barberville, FL.
Seven beginning students spent a full weekend learning the basics. Tico
is one of many FABA members who regularly shares his knowledge with
other folks. See the announcement elsewhere in this newsletter for
details about Ticows upcoming classes.
     Ray Reynolds and Pete Brandenburg recently demonstrated black-
smithing for a group of cub scouts in Royal Palm Beach. Before the
demo, Ray cut 4" stock into short pieces and formed hooks in one end.
Then Ray and Pete supervised while each boy added a twist and pounded
the other end flat for a screw hole. The scouts loved their program,
and one enthusiastic father came back the next day to try blacksmithing
     At a recent Northwest regional meeting hosted by Lou and Skeeter
Prather, Jamie Watson and Pat Imbimbo won the design contests. Jamie's
winning entry was a nice candleholder made from a piece of pipe; Pat's
winner was a drawer pull with a bracket and a falling handle. Congratu-
lations !
     Jim Batson isn't a FABA member, but he's demonstrated for us at
past conferences and has a lot of friends in Florida. Those friends
will be glad to hear that he's recovering nicely from surgery on his
hands for carpal tunnel syndrome.
     Brian Polk is relatively new to blacksmithing, but he's already
making his hobby pay. His work sold successfully at several holiday
craft shows, where his courting candles were especially popular. Con-
gratulations, Brian!
                      The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

     The                                                                    ionccr skills of Cali Country
postcard in a
skills in the
features     a
drawing     of
Jib    Corbet,
who     demon-
strated     at
the     county
fair     there
last     year.
Artist    Gene
Packwood drew
the picture,
and     kindly                       Postcard of Jim Corbet
gave        US            0 1991, Gene Packwood. Reprinted with permission.
permission to show you all here. If you'd like some postcards for your
own correspondence, contact Gene Packwood, Mt. Dora, FL.

                                            INFO SOURCE

     Thurmond Chaffin sent in two articles from The Home Shop Machinist,
a bimonthly magazine. One, entitled ' Blacksmith E~traordinaire,~~
describes a technique for forge welding a 4" shaft. The other, entitled
I1Stainless Steel fundamental^,^^ describes the general characteristics of
the 2 major stainless steel categories, straight chromium 400 series
steels and chromium-nickel 300 series steels. The Florida Clinker
Breaker has written to ask for permission to reprint them; in the mean-
time, you might want to take a look at this interesting magazine. Ask
Thurmond to show you his, or check the local library. You can subscribe
by sending $21 for a year's subscription (bimonthly) to Village Press,
Inc., 2779 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

     Robb Gunter demonstrated this quench solution at the 1991 South-
eastern Regional Conference in Madison, Georgia. He developed it at
Sandia National Laboratories as a safe alternative to sodium hydroxide
quenching solutions. He says quenching in the experimental solution
produces the same effects as quenching in sodium hydroxide without the
hazard. .
Contents :                 5    gallons water
                           5    pounds table salt
                          32    ounces "Dawnw dish soap
                           8    ounces "ShakleelV Basic I
Quench at 1550 OF.           Replaces a 10% sodium hydroxide solution.
    The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                             BLACKSMITHING CLASSES

         FABA President Tico Rubio, the resident blacksmith at the Pioneer
    Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville (near Daytona Beach), is
    again offering blacksmithing classes.
         Ticogs class on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1, is
    for beginners. It will start with the basics, building a coal fire in a
    forge, and go on to working on small projects. The class fee is $55,
    plus $20 for materials.
         Tico's class on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, is for inter-
    mediate smiths, and will cover forge welding and more advanced projects.
    The class fee is $75, plus $25 for materials.
         Each class is limited to 6 students, so register early! Send your
    check to Tico at P. 0 Box 83, Barberville, FL 32105-0083. If you have
    tools, bring them; otherwise, Tico will supply everything you'll need.
    If you want more information about the classes, or about camping and
    housing, call Tico at (904) 749-3327.

         Indiana blacksmith and FABA member Fred Caylor will come to Florida
    again this spring to teach at Walt Anderson's shop near Ocala. Fred
    Caylor has 4 openings in his beginning and intermediate blacksmithing
    class, to run from Sunday, March 29, through Thursday, April 1. Due to
    requests for a longer class, you may, if you desire, add 2 more days,
    through Saturday, April 4.
         The cost for Fred's 5-day class is $150 and $200 for the 7-day        -
    class. Positions will be filled as your $75 deposit is received. Get       I

'   your registration in early. When reserving your position, please indi-
    cate your choice of class. In case of cancellation, your deposit will
    be returned only if your position can be filled. If you have any ques-
    tions, call Fred at (317) 769-6537 days or (317) 769-6351 evenings, or
    write to him at 3602 S. 800 East, Zionsville, IN 46077.
         For information on camping and accommodations, call Walt at (904)
    672-4603, or write to him at 7 Soco Trail, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

         FABA member Charles Ochs will teach a Damascus Steel class at
    Texarkana College's School of ~ladesmithingon August 24-28, 1992. The
    course will cover basic patterns, pattern variations, and pattern manip-
    ulation. Prerequisite: introductory course in bladesmithing or jour-
    neyman level smithing expertise. Tuition: $550. Contact James Powell,
    Director Community Services, Texarkana College, 2500 N. Robison Road,
    Texarkana, TX 75501, (903) 838-4541, ext. 237.

                             ABANA ELECTION RESULTS
                                Pete Brandenburg
         Congratulations to ABANA1s newly elected members of the Board of
    Directors: Bill Callaway, Toby Hickman, Jim Ryan, David Norrie, and John
    Pollins. I was pleased to see Jim Ryan, of Iowa get elected. He is the
    former newsletter editor of the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association.
    After exchanging newsletters for years, I finally had the pleasure of
    meeting him at the Alfred ABANA conference last year. Jim understands
    the importance of keeping in touch, and has unlimited reserves of
    energy. Let's help all these guys as much as we can.
                                 The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1 9 9 1 / J a n u a r y , 1992

                     FLORIDA ARTIST BLACKSMITH ASSOCIATION                                 - Chapter of ABANA,                  Inc.
                                                  Route 1, Box 207, Crescent City, FL 32122
 President (92-93):      Tico Rubio, P.O. Box 83 Barberville, FL 32105, Chl (904) 749-3327
 Vice-President (91-92): J.C. Hawkins, 13534 N i 6 0 Avenuer Morriston, FL 32668, Chl (904) 528-3348
 Sec./Treas. (92-93):    Carol/Roger Stuart Route 1 Box 267, Crescent C i t        FL 32122 Chl (904) 467-9031
 Newsletter Ed. (91-92):Pete Brandenbur     299 Granada Rd., Uest Palm Beacx' FL 33401,'Chl (407) 833-2708, Cwl 640-0445
 Program Chair (92-93): B i 11 Roberts, 512 S i l v e r Crs. Terrace, Ocala, FL 32672, Chl (904) 687-2959
 Past-President (92-93):Lewis Riggleman, P.O. Box 247, San Antonio, FL 33576, Chl (904) 521-3515, Cwl (813) 937-4281
 Board Memb. #1 (92-93):CLyde Payton, Route 3 Box 124D, Monticello, FL 32344 Chl (904) 997-3627 Cwl (904) 488-0577
 Board Memb. #2 (91-92): Pat Imbimbo, 2450 Kimberl Lane Tallahassee, FL 32361 Chl (904) 656-3454
 Board Memb. #3 (92-93):Carl Austin, P.O. Box 1 0,   6!    ~0110 Springs, FL 33890, t h ~(813) 735-0257
 Board Memb. #4 (91-92):Vacant
 Board Memb. #5 (92-93):Steve Bloom, P.O. Box 542, Archer, FL 32618 [hl (904) 528-6508, Cwl (904) 392-7279
 The F l o r i d a A r t i s t Blacksmith Association.- Chapter o f A r t i s t Blacksmith Association o f North America Inc. (FABA) i s
 a 501(c)(3), non-prof it educational organization whose purposes are t o teach, promote, and preserve t h e a r t o f black-
 smithing.        C o n t r ~ b u t i o n sare tax-deductible t o the extent rovided by law.                 FABA i s a s t a t e chapter o f the A r t i s t
 Blacksmith A s s o c i a t ~ o no f North America, Inc. (ABANA).               A!
                                                                               F B publishes The F l o r i d a C l i n k e r Breaker monthly, and FABA
 membership includes a subscri tion.                  W s o l i c i t correspondence and u n p a i b a r t i c l e s
                                                       e                                                                              r e l a r e d t o FABA1s
 purposes.        Send to:          1532 O l f Okeechobee Road #103, Uest Palm Beach, FL 33409. Ue need items by t h e f i r s t Saturday
 o f t h e month t o get them i n the next month's issue. ABANA chapter newsletters may r e p r i n t non-copyrighted material
 if i t i s c r e d i t e d t o t h e author -and t h i s newsletter.        You need the author's permission t o r e p r i n t copyrighted mate-
 r i a l unless otherwise noted. Write, and w e ' l l put you i n touch.

                     1990 HOW-TO ARTICLE REPRINT BOOKLET-$2.25,                                                       POSTPAID
We have reprinted a year of FABA members1 how-to articles from The
Florida Clinker Breaker in a 24-page, 84" by 11" booklet. The book-                                                                            Walt Anderson
let contains members1 how-to articles from the twelve issues of The
Florida Clinker Breaker from November, 1989, through October, 1990.                                                                             Ronnie Fowler
We're selling the booklets at FABA's printing and mailing cost of                                                                                   Steve Kalb
$2.25 per copy.                                                                                                                                     Dale Itipp

                                                                                                                                              Lewis Riggleman
To order the booklet, make out a check or money order to "FABA" for                                                                              Willard Smith
                                                                                                                                               Arden Williams
$2.25 per copy, and send it to FABA Treasurer Roger Stuart, Route 1
Box 207, Crescent City, FL 32122.

          FABA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION                                                       ABANA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
      Florida Artist Blacksmith~Association                                                 Artist Blacksmith Association
              Chapter of ABANA, Inc.                                                            of North America, Inc.

 Address                                                                                       t~                                          State         ZIP
             tit^                                             State     ZIP      II                            hereby apply f o r membership i n the
                                                                                 A r t i s t Blacksmith h s s o c i a t i o n o f North America and
 Home                                Business                                    enc 1ose               as my annual membership dues f o r one year.
 Phone:                              Phone:                                      Checks                   S
                                                                                                         U funds. Membership includes a sub-
                                                                                 s c r i p t i o n t o The A n v i l ' s Ring.
 Spouse's name:
                                                                                      I l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l
 Are you i n t e r e s t e d i n procuring:                                      VISA               1 I      Card nunber
                                                                                 Master Card        C I        Exp. date
 C I anvil                  C   I coal                t   hand t o o l s
 C 1 blower                 C   1 forge               1 I post v i s e           Signature
 I 1 other
                                                                                  C   I     F u l l time Student (1 year only) $25.00             per   year
 Send t h i s a p p l i c a t i o n and a membership fee o f $15 to:              I
                                                                                            Regular Membership
                                                                                            Family Member (one vote)
            Carol & Roger S t u a r t
            FABA Secretar /Treasurer
                                                                                            Senior C i t i z e n (age 65)
                                                                                            Overseas Membership
            Route 1, Box $07
            Crescent City, FL 32122
                                                                                            Contributory Member        ...........
                                                                                            Public L i b r a r y Subscription
 Make check out t o FABA. The FABA membership year begins                        C a l l (812) 988-6919 t o charge your membership t o VISA or
 May 1. New memberships received a f t e r Jan. 31 also                          Master Card, o r make out a check t o ABANA and send to:
 cover t h e f o l l o w i n g membership year. Membership i s a
 for a famil           You d o n ' t have t o be an ABANA member t o                        ABANA
 j o i n FABA, kt                                       e
                       many FABA members are, and w encourage
 membership i n both organizations.
                                                                                            P. 0.-Box 1181
                                                                                            Nashville, Indiana 47488
        The Florida Clinker Breaker, December, 1991/January, 1992

                                 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
             All kinds of blacksmithing tools and equipment-hand tools and
        power tools. All in good to excellent condition. Anvil, blowers, leg
        vise, post drill, many hand tools, etc. Contact Clyde Payton, (904)

I                               JEWELRY-SIZE ANVILS FOR SALE
             Bill Roberts has wonderful miniature brass anvils and hammers for
        sale. He has about 10 left and they are $20 each, Anyone interested
        can call him at (904) 687-2959. See article on page 21.

I                                         HELP WANTED
             Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, in Birmingham, AL, is
        seeking a director. Responsibilities will include administering a
        $400,000 annual budget and supervising a staff of ten. Graduate degree
        and museum experience preferred. Send your resume to A. J. Millard,
        Search Committee, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, P. 0, Box
        11781, Birmingham, AL 35202.

    ,   Florida Artist Blacksmith Association                             NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
        Chapter of Artist Blacksmith Association                               U. S. POSTAGE
        of North America, Inc.                                                      PAID
        1532 Old Okeechobee Road #I03                                       WEST PALM BEACH, FL
        West Palm Beach, FL 33409-5226                                         PERMIT NO. 108
                                        (Jan. 4)                              DATED MATERIAL

            (Jan. 25)                  Quarterly Statewide
                                         Fort ~auderdale
                                                                          Winter, 1992
                                            (Jan. 18)                     Membership
                     January, 1992, MEETINGS
               See detailed meeting schedule on page 2.                   Directory
                                                     Nenber Through 4/30/92
                               STEVE & KIMMY BLOOM
                               IRONFLOWER FORGE
                               PO BOX 542
                               ARCHER FL 32618

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