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									The Virginian
Sarah L. Tanner-Anderson, Editor

July, 2008 Volume 3, Issue 7

Blacksmith Guild of Virginia, 309 Second Avenue, Farmville, Virginia 23901 http://www.blacksmithguildofva.com

ABANA Appreciation Day with Doug Merkel
by Peyton Anderson, President and Sarah L. Tanner-Anderson, Editor ABANA Appreciation Day a Success! We had 58 people present for this special, one-of-a kind event. This was all possible because of YOU! Earlier in the year, ABANA announced a membership drive within the affiliates to award a special demonstration to any affiliate able to sign up twenty or more new or renewed members. The challenge was met and exceeded by our Guild. We were able to sign up 24 new and renewed members to ABANA, and we were the first affiliate to do so! Doug Merkel stood up and volunteered his time for this event. He planned out a demonstration in honor of Doug “Dr. Iron” Henderickson, who passed away after his battle with ALS. Dr. Iron was a man with a lot of heart and passion for blacksmithing, and it seemed only right to have a demonstration in his honor for an event celebrating blacksmithing! The day was HOT! But that didn’t keep us from listening and watching attentively as Dough Merkel transitioned through projects. Doug went through several projects throughout the day including how to make a frying pan, meat fork, two different styles of choppers, ladles, spoons, wine bottle openers, trivets, under water forge welding (you just had to be there! HA!) and also took time at the end to answer or explain any questions. He is truly a great instructor and demonstrator. Iron in the Hat this time all went to ABANA as seed money for their 2010 conference. There were some special donations on the table that need to be recognized: Tom Clark from the Ozark School of Blacksmithing sent in two pairs of his Tom Tongs and a hand forged Hot Cut hardie tool. Kayne & Son also sent in a $50.00 gift certificate. It is great to see not only our members get so involved in the Iron in the Hat but others all over the country that hear about what we are doing. This one covered five tables and over flowed onto the ground in places. At the end of the day, we were able to raise $1,020.00 for ABANA. Special thanks need to go out to Wayne Coe, ABANA Board Member for being in attendance, Doug Merkel, for volunteering his time to do the demonstration, Tom Clark and Kayne & Son for their Iron in the Hat donations, Mike and Linda Tanner for their hard work in hosting the event, Adam Russell for his work on keeping the webcam up and running, ABANA for offering the free demo, and to everyone who came out to support ABANA and to have a good time. We are only as strong as our members and you have all shown me how much you love blacksmithing and want to keep it going. Thanks to all! Special Recognition: Mike & Linda Tanner As you all know we have been raising money over the past month or so to do something special for Mike and Linda. They have put a lot into getting this guild up and running. It is their vision and dedication that has put The Blacksmith Guild of Virginia on the map, and allowed all of us the opportunities to learn and enjoy this craft. With the money we raised we were able to get a $50.00 gift certificate to Red Lobster (one of their favorites), a banner made that read “Thanks Mike & Linda” that everyone was able to sign and write their comments, and also a very nice plaque that reads: The Blacksmith Guild of Virginia recognizes MIKE & LINDA TANNER for their Service, Dedication, and Enduring Vision Thank you for keeping the spirit of blacksmithing alive today and for generations to come.

Blacksmith Guild of Virginia President’s Corner by Peyton Anderson, President
“Cha…Cha…Cha…Changes” The time has come for the Guild to begin a new chapter in its history. Our meetings have been at Yesteryear Forge in Amelia, Virginia since the first Hammer-In in 2006. Since then, our numbers have grown to over 200 members, with our meetings averaging somewhere between 35-40 people a month in attendance - and several of them are traveling and staying the night. There is a lot of preparation for this large number of people, and I think we have come up with a more central location to better meet the needs of the members. Starting with our August 23rd meeting, we will begin having our monthly meetings at the Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing in Crewe, Virginia. This is only about 20 miles from Amelia and is about 5 times the size! We will still visit Mike’s shop in Amelia for special events. With this location change comes a few other changes too. Here they are and why: 1. LUNCH: We are going to move towards a “brown bag it” or local eatery type lunch break. With a larger number of people coming to each meeting, the demand to prepare enough food gets bigger and the special diet needs increase. There are 8 places to eat within a 5 mile radius of the school. I will have a list and map of the restaurants in the area for you at the meeting. 2. SNACKS & REFRESHMENTS: There will be a variety of drinks and snacks for purchase at each meeting. I can’t wait for the August meeting! There is plenty of room for all of us at the new location, as well as plenty of room for tailgating. It is also closer to more hotels to give those staying over night more choices. This move is something I have been VERY excited about, and I believe it will serve us better and open up more monthly meeting options down the road. Hope to see you there on the 23rd!

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Reflections from the Forge I'm thinking about safety in the shop this month. Life is uncertain. The Bible in Proverbs 27:1 says "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Most would certainly agree with that verse. Just as life is uncertain, accidents surprise us from time to time. I have been burned a number of times because I left hot metal lying around in the wrong place and, without thinking, I tried to pick it up. You can't turn it loose fast enough to avoid a burn. So put that hot metal out of the way. Also there are numerous injuries involving gloves and rotating equipment like grinders and wire brushes. So the bottom line is to be safe and enjoy your time in the shop. Life has all kinds of surprises, some good and some not. Through it all, Jesus will be our anchor if we will allow him to be. Happy Forging! L.T.Skinnell

To All Members of The Blacksmith Guild Of Virginia, Mike and I were very surprised and very humbled to have been thought of with such honor during an Appreciation Event for ABANA; to have included us in such a way and to be given an award for our efforts from our fellow members was quite unexpected! The plaque and the thank you banner with everyone signing it was such a nice and heart-felt way of knowing what our members think about us, and guys, it means a lot to know that our time and efforts to promote blacksmithing is really making a difference and that you, our members, are enjoying the events. Thank you for your support and attendance. You make this Guild what it is, and it is because of all of you we have such a good group of people with the same common denominator: WE ALL LOVE BLACKSMITHING! We hope to use the Red Lobster gift card this week. We will be thinking of each of you then. This is one of our favorite places to eat. Thanks again guys! Hope to see you next month, and, as always, FORGE ON! Linda & Mike Tanner

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Thanks to Clay Spencer for the following “Dogwood Blossom and Morning Glory” blueprint by Joe Miller

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Upcoming Classes at Artistic Design Studio in Mathews, VA *Mig Welding Sept. 13 Tuition $95 Learn how to mig weld and plasma cutter. *Art from Scrap Metal Oct. 4 Tuition $125 Learn to form decorative art from scrap *BlacksmithingElementary Forging Aug. 9 Tuition: $95 Learn to heat and draw out iron to form useful and decorative art. *Blacksmithing-Tools Nov.8 Tuition $95 Learn to heat and draw our iron to form useful tools. For more detailed information contact Wade Brooks at Artistic Design Studio (804) 725-7959

Iron in the Hat: “Ticket Incentive” In an effort to reward those who have been really supporting the Guild in their ticket purchases, we have come up with a new break down for how many tickets your money can buy! $10 $20 $30 $40 $50 = = = = = 10 30 40 50 75 tickets tickets tickets tickets tickets


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Thanks to Bob Rowe for forwarding this information along to our Guild!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jim Bradley July 8, 2008 (757) 220-7281 or jbradley@cwf.org "METALWORKING FOR REVOLUTION: EQUIPPING THE AMERICAN ARMY" EXAMINES 18TH-CENTURY METALWORKERS' CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE Colonial Williamsburg Hosts Second Metalworking Conference in November WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - For the patriots of America's War for Independence, the phrase "let freedom ring" might well have referred to the sound of the blacksmith's hammer and anvil. Learn how the artisans of the American colonies powered the armories of the American Revolution when The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hosts its second conference for metalworkers - and others who want to broaden their understanding of 18thcentury metalworking and its products - Nov. 16-19. "Metalworking for Revolution: Equipping the American Army" explores the materials, technologies and skills of the blacksmiths, founders, silversmiths, tinsmiths and toolmakers who supplied the equipment needed to fight the American Revolution. Prior to the Revolution, Americans relied on English manufacturers to supply military arms and materials for defense of the colonies. With the onset of war, they turned to their own artisans. American metalworkers found themselves filling the demand for buttons, buckles and cooking utensils as well as swords, tomahawks, muskets, bayonets and entrenching tools. Much of this work took place in small shops, but large manufactories were established to cast artillery barrels and mass-produce small arms. Technologies included forging, welding, heat-treating, casting, sheet metalworking, soldering, filing, boring, punching, die-sinking and engraving. Members of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Trades Program and guest speakers will discuss the development of these industries and demonstrate many of these processes, making reproductions of original objects using 18th-century tools and methods. Morning presentations will take place in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and will include: * * * * * * * Blade and Point: Forging and Finishing Tomahawks, Bayonets and Sword Blades, with journeymen blacksmiths Shel Browder and Steve Mankowski. Very Much Alike: Die Forging Gun Parts and the Realities of Field Repairs, with master gunsmith George Suiter. Hilting a Sword: Pattern to Polishing, with journeymen founders Suzie Dye, Roger Hohensee and Mike Noftsger. Casting Artillery, with Roger Hohensee and Mike Noftsger. Incuse and Intaglio: Making Stamps, with George Suiter. Fold, Seam and Solder: Tinsmithing for Battle and Camp, with master tinsmith William McMillen. With Steady Hand: Copperplate Engraving, with journeyman engraver Lynn Zelesnikar and master silversmith George Cloyed.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4:30 p.m. in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area, the Blacksmith, Gunsmith, Silversmith, Foundry and Toolmaker shops will present special demonstrations for conference attendees, making many of the items discussed earlier in the day. "Metalworking for Revolution: Equipping the American Army" begins with a program introduction at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and runs through the evening on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Patterned after Colonial Williamsburg's annual woodworking conferences, "Metalworking for Revolution" will be informal; participants' comments and questions will be welcome throughout, and speakers will be on-hand during morning breaks and afternoon demonstrations. Registration is limited and includes the opening reception, three continental breakfasts, three coffee breaks, two afternoon breaks, dinner on Wednesday, all conference programs and a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass valid for the duration of the conference. Cost is $295 per person, and additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $65 per person. Lodging is not included in the registration fee. To register or for more information, call 1-800-603-0948 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. or visit www.history.org/conted.

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Directions From Richmond Area: Hwy 360 East past Amelia. Turn Left on 49 at Crewe Tractor. Go to the end of the road and turn Right onto Hwy 460. The School will be immediately on your right at Tanner Tool and Machine. The school is the building on the right. From Lynchburg Area: Hwy 460 West to Crewe Virginia. The school will be on the left just as you get into Crewe. Look for Tanner Tool and Machine. The school is the building on the right. From South Boston Area: Hwy 360 to Crewe Virginia. The school will be on the left just as you get into Crewe. Look for Tanner Tool and Machine. The school is the building on the right. From Petersburg Area: Hwy 460 East to Crewe Virginia. You will go almost all the way through Crewe. The school will be on the right. Look for Tanner Tool and Machine. The school is the building on the right. Don’t forget to bring a chair and something for Iron in the Hat! Remember that pets must be on a leash!

The Slacktub (Upcoming Events)
Date: Time: Location: August 23, 2008 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Yesteryear School of Blacksmithing 1918 West Virginia Avenue Crewe, Virginia 23930 Mark and Mindy Gardner http://www.floodplainforge.com/


Flood Plain Forge is a historical blacksmith shop located in Farmer City, Illinois that is the studio of Mark Gardner and Mindy Gardner, artisan blacksmiths. They specialize in artistic and functional one-of-a-kind metal work in steel, wrought iron & copper. All pieces are individually hand-crafted using many tools that are made at Flood Plain Forge. Mark & Mindy use traditional methods to create works of contemporary art. Most of their hand-made pieces are mild steel. Among Flood Plain Forge creations are chased & repoussed wall hangings, switch plates, door plates, hand-wrought chandeliers, gates, fireplace sets and tables.

What’s on the tailgate?

Reminder: This meeting will be held at Yesteryear \ School of Blacksmithing in Crewe, Virginia. Directions are listed in the adjacent column!
2008 Trade Items: Here are the Rules: 1. You must be the one who forged the item 2. Must be within the theme of the trade item Trade Dates: This Month’s Trade Item: August 23rd 2008 Shop Tools....forge to be used the forge (hammer, Shop tool…forge a toola toolused inin the forge: hardie, tongs, chisel, punch, hardie hammers, holdtool, etc.) tongs, chisels, punches, tool, hold down downs, November 15th 2008 Trivets…..forge a trivet to be used in the kitchen.

Clausing Industrial 15” Floor Drill Press. Infinitely variable speed drive, 330-2640 rpm, ¾ horse 1phase 1140 rpm, Model 1688, ½” key chuck, 10”x14” tilt table - $1800 OBO LIKE NEW!!!! STILL ON PALLET!!! PICK UP in Providence Forge VA. Contact: Ken Kohut, 804966-7296. For Sale. Atlas-Clausing metal cutting lathe on stand, some attachments included. 36" bed, 3 jaw chuck, 3 phase motor, old lathe worked well when it was removed from the shop. It was checked out by a machine service engineer and given a clean bill of health. $1,500 negotiable, you pick up. Lathe is on a cart included, loads fairly well onto trailer. Destabilizing marital situation requires it being sold. Call Carl Hirner 1-757-784-8209. Lathe is in West Point.


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The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia invites members of the Blacksmith Guild of Virginia to discover our hands-on craft experiences for all ages. We are pleased to you a 25% discount on your first class. We offer over sixty summer courses, including blacksmithing at our forge for all levels. * * * * * * * * * * Hinges, Hinges and More Hinges with David Tucciarone Intermediate Joinery with Dale Morse Advance Dogwood with Songbird Beginning Blacksmithing: Playing with Fire with Paul Garrett Introduction to Blacksmithing with Lynda Metcalfe Traditional Blacksmithing with Steve Kalb Fireplace Sets with Phil Harrsion Tool Making: Intermediate with Elmer Roush Tool Making: Advanced with Elmer Roush Blacksmithing Weekend with Jessie Ward

See our complete catalog, choose your course, and register at www.jacksonvillecenter.org or call 540-745-2784 to register by phone. Be sure to mention your guild discount. And, if you'll be lodging in Floyd, we also provide guidance in setting up your stay in the many nice, affordable hotels and B&B's in our rural resort town. Just give us a call at 540-745-2784. Questions? Don't hesitate to call. Monique Dufour Educational Programming Coordinator The Jacksonville Center for the Arts 220 Parkway Lane South – Floyd, Virginia 24091

Thanks to Robert M. Heath for submitting the following article: Here is a tip that may help folks. I learned this from Brad Emig up in Pennsylvania. He is one fine gunsmith and knows about all there is to know on how to make a gun from scratch. The tip: When you want to make a good gun spring, this is the way to do it. I have tried it and it works very well for me. Get some spring steel. I use old industrial door coil springs that has the coils made up of three eighth inch diameter spring steel wire. Uncoil a couple of feet of the coil in the forge, taking care to not over heat the spring steel (red heat only). The extra length is used as a handle for the spring to avoid having to use tongs in the fire. Once the wire is uncoiled and forged straight one end can be used to forge a gun lock main spring or any spring such as a seeier spring on a gun lock. When I forge my springs I leave them bulky with plenty of metal left on to grind off. The springs are forged to an approximate shape and thinned down on the leaf end, but still left a little thick. The extra metal seems to help the tempering process for me. Once the spring is shaped in the forge at a red heat, put it back in the forge and bring it back up to a red heat (regular hardening heat just above the "curie" point). Bring the heat up slow so that the heat will be even all over. I knick the "handle" so that after quenching the embro spring can be easily snapped off. Then quickly quench and agitate the embro spring in the water. This keeps the insulating steam from retarding the cooling quench. Once the hardenting is done, the spring will shatter much like glass. Then snap off the forged embro spring. Then take this hardened spring and place it along with several other forged springs (say four of them) in a cut off coffee can bottom. I find it allows the tempering oil to work more evenly if four springs are tempered at one time instead of tempering them one at a time. It seems to help to get a better or even tempering heat if three or four main springs are tempered at any one time. Fill the coffee can bottom with enough motor oil to just barely cover the tops of the laid flat springs. The coffee can bottom needs to be cut to allow about a half inch top of the cut off above the surface of the oil. This is necessary to allow the oil to burn off without snuffing the flame out. If the top of the coffee can is too tall, it is difficult to keep the oil burning. But once the oil in poured over the top surface of the springs in the cut off can the oil is heated with a propane torch until the oil reaches its flash point. When all of the oil that covers the springs is at the flash point, the flame will sustain itself and burn for about 40 minutes (gun lock main springs). Smaller springs will need a lesser depth of oil. A lesser depth of the covering oil will burn up sooner. Let the oil burn out completely. Once the oil is burned off it will leave a sooty residue in the can and on the springs. Once they cool off wash the soot off some with gasoline to remove most of the soot. At this stage the spring steel is correctly tempered and can be cut with a file. Tempered spring steel is relatively soft but harder than annealed, though. Once the temper is completed the spring can be squeezed in the hand and will not break. If this is done right after quenching and before tempering, the spring will easily break, however. Then take the spring to the grinding wheel or file and remove metal to the thickness that is needed to get the strength or stiffness in the spring that is desired. If a grinding wheel is used, make sure that the spring is not over heated by the abrasion friction. It helps to keep a can of water near your bench grinder to dip the work in to take away the heat after each and every grinding operation. On smaller leaf springs I do a lot of grinding and water dipping. Small springs like gun lock seeier springs can be ground and filled and sanded very thin and still retain the necessary strength to do the job. The reason I like to keep them thick and then grind back after the heat treatment is because they seem to do better in heat treatment when they are left thick, then ground to final shape (thin) once they are tempered. It works every time for me and without fail.

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Newsletter submissions If you would like to submit an article for the monthly newsletter, submissions are due no later than the 15th of each month. Newsletters will be posted in the last week of each month, so submissions received later than the 15th will be printed in the following month. To truly express the unique and varied voices of our organization, we’d love to hear from you. Events, trade tips, or anything else related to blacksmithing is welcomed and encouraged! Email articles to editor@blacksmithguildofva.com. I look forward to hearing from you! Sarah L. Tanner-Anderson, Editor Blacksmith Guild of Virginia Office: 309 Second Avenue Farmville, Virginia 23091 www.blacksmithguildofva.com 434.390.6203 Blacksmith Guild of Virginia Officers Peyton Anderson, President John Riddle, Vice President Linda Tanner, Secretary/Treasurer Sarah L. Tanner-Anderson, Editor

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2008 Meeting Calendar January 19th: February 16th: March 15th: April 19th: May 17th: June 21st: June 28th: July 19th: August 16th: September 20th: October 18th: Alwin Wagener Nol Putnam Chris Winterstein Clay Spencer Elmer Roush and Lynda Metcalfe Dan Easley Joint Meeting w/ CVGB
ABANA Fundraiser with Doug Merkel

Mark and Mindy Gardener Peter Happny Special Ladies Event featuring Jessie Ward Colonial Blacksmith Rendezvous featuring Ken Schwarz, Peter Ross, and others No meeting

Member Eric Bourhill with demonstrator Doug Merkel

Calling all members! We are requesting submissions for the Member Gallery. The Member Gallery is a place where you can send in photos, and they will be listed by your name, forge name, or business. This is an opportunity for you to have photos of your shop, tools, demonstrations, and products on the World Wide Web. This can help you by directing any of your customers to view your work. It is also a great tool for all of us to see other people’s forges and works. One of the greatest ways of learning is by showing, so show us your stuff! Submit photos by email to: president@blacksmithguildofva.com or snail mail to: 309 Second Ave. Farmville Va. 23901 Thank you in advance for your participation!


REMINDER: Contributing Member Status We have 200+ members in our Guild from several states all over the nation, and mailing out a monthly newsletter to each member is getting more and more expensive. We will only be mailing out newsletters to those who are contributing members. Here are the criteria: 1. Must attend at least 2 meetings or events by the Guild in a six-month period 2. Submissions (articles, photos, etc.) to the newsletter and/or website 3. Mail in Iron in the Hat donations Fulfilling at least one of these will keep you on the Contributing Member Mailing list during each six month period.

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Disclaimer: I acknowledge that the activities involved in blacksmithing are potentially dangerous, and I voluntarily accept any risks involved. I absolve the Blacksmith Guild of Virginia, its officers, members, guests, demonstrators, and hosts of liability for any accident that may occur at any of its meetings/demonstrations. I take full responsibility for my safety and the safety of any guest that I will bring to any meeting/demonstration. Mail completed membership applications to our office: Blacksmith Guild of Virginia •309 Second Avenue • Farmville, Virginia 23901

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