April 2006 Volume 1, Issue 5 Officers: Old Dominion Blacksmith Association/ 434-335-5621 O DBSA President: Bobby Floyd Newsletter Editor: Mora Larson Treasurer: Charlie Boothe V.P. Administration: Rick Green V.P. Library: Wendell Wyland Edited by Mora Larson Recorder/Producer: Glen Bryant Asst. Recorder/Producer: Reo Garrett President‘s Message I cannot remember when I in the country demonstrate and started off late because of have been so excited about explain some of things he the threatening weather and something as on that Saturday knows about this historic craft some members in April when Peter Ross came to you. underestimated the distance and demonstrated for ODBSA. I must thank the ones who to get to the ―suburb of the I had invited Peter to our home made this wonderful experience Boonies‖. Thanks again to and did not have a shop for him possible. George Juettner, a Wendell Wyland (VP) and so the pressure was on. Thank member and a retired general Mora Larson (Editor) for contractor from New Jersey for goodness that we had a mild pitching in and working the designing and helping me frame winter! The last of the the building in. Jocelyne Floyd, sign in table besides doing weatherboards went on eight my wife, for preparing the meal, their regular responsibilities days before the event. I should Phyllis Juettner for helping at this meeting/demo. Your call my “Plantation Forge” the Jocelyne and cleaning up the commitment to ODBSA is Peter Ross building for it was Cook House, Renee Boothe for really appreciated by all. built for him and he christened helping them the day of the Charlie Boothe in his quiet it (first to use it) with his demo. The day could not have way again did another demonstration. Some days will been possible without Charlie masterful job of managing always be remembered and for Boothe’s help during the week the Iron-in-the Hat. Thank leading up to the event. His those who enjoy blacksmithing you Sarah Anderson (Peyton portable forge with his 400 as I do, this day will remain blower, lighting and his “gold” Anderson‘s wife and Mike President‘s Message with you for life because you coal was again used. just had the premier blacksmith Message cont. on page 7 Questions and Answers The Day meeting/demo A Tale by Rick Green; The Ups and Downs of Blacksmithing 3 Current News 4 Questions and Answers Review by Mora Larson 8 (Many of you have asked these questions and I thought it would be good time to post them). Next Meeting 9 Q. When did you think of forming this association? A. One day last October when Charlie Boothe and I were in his shop in Nathalie, Virginia while banging on some metal decided to form a group even if we‘re the only two members. Q. Is it true that everything is working smoothly for the Association? A. Not always the case but I never dwell on the negatives. A positive attitude is key to anything you do in life. We all try to do our best but we will continue making mistakes. When you are dealing with the public at large you will never please everyone. I am very satisfied with the direction the ODBSA is going and the tremendous help that I am having with the officers and members. Q. What if the association gets too large? A. It is not a question of too large an organization but how many members/guest can observe the demonstrator in some of these shops. Most shop will only accommodate about 50 people. So if we approach that number continuously we might have to limit the number of members and/or guests attending. Q. What do you consider the maximum numbers of members are? A. That is a hard question to answer and all that I can tell you is what other professional blacksmiths and associations have told me. ― As time goes by, you will be lucky to get 20 percent of members attend.‖ Page 2 of 9 ODBSA Questions and Answers continued ―As members learn the craft after a few years they start to leave,‖ ― a lot of blacksmithing hobbies will show up to just a few meeting/demonstrations and then quit.‖ As you know we have been having between 40 to 50 percent attendance of members. With guest these percentages are higher. One large, long time association that has 250 members and only have quarterly events had 44 in attendance at their last meeting. Q. Do you think that you will be like most organizations and have less than 20 percent attending? A. There are a lot of good organizations out there that have this percent. It‘s really hard to fight statistics. We will work hard in communications with members in the hope that we can do better but I already see signs that this could happen to us. Q. Just about all Blacksmithing organization has trouble getting officers. Does ODBSA? A. That is a real problem. We have some excellent officers now but I believe in time we will have more members willing to assist. Q. What do you see for the future of the ODBSA? A. I personally take one day at a time. Nothing is permanent. If ODBSA were to discontinue tomorrow, I would know that we all did our best to keep it going. I plan to continue doing what we have done the last five months providing different sites with gifted blacksmiths sharing their expertise with us. I believe if we continue on the path that we have started, this association has a good chance of being around for many years to come. Q. What do you see for yourself? A. My hope is that one of the members would step forward and be President next year so that I can concentrate on learning blacksmithing and just be an active member. Q. Why is the Iron-in-the-Hat emphasized so much? A. We have no dues and it is the only way we have to pay expenses (like the professional blacksmith demonstrators). Q. Why not have dues? A. I hate chasing after money and besides that, not every member can attend all of our meeting/demonstrations and their cost per meeting would be more than the ones that attend most of them. “My hope is one of the Q. Why charge $30 a year for the ones that want the Newsletter by regular mail? members would step A. Other members should not have to pay for this expense. Q. Why is mail free to Educational Directors and Officers? forward and be A. This is our way of saying thanks for everything they are doing for ODBSA. president next year so Q. Why cover such a large area for membership? that I can concentrate A. We are mainly in a very rural part of the country and the number of blacksmiths and people on learning interested in blacksmithing is limited. To be able to see different shops and get members so that we could afford the best demonstrators we needed to go outside the immediate area. blacksmithing and just Q. Wouldn’t it be easier to have one central meeting place? be an active member.” A. It definitely would be easier but we do not have the numbers in one particular area to support what —Bobby Floyd we are doing and it would take away something that others and I like and that is to see/visit other blacksmithing shops. Q. Why don’t you have meeting/demo’s during the weekdays like some other associations instead of Saturday? A. Because we do cover a large rural area and it is not feasible like the other groups that are located in a more dense populated area. Q. I see you had a meeting/demo on Sunday. Will you have another event on that day? A. I have learned ―never to say never‖ but I will try not to do that again. Q. Why do you think that ODBSA has grown in membership so fast? A. There are a lot of variables: a need, nationally known blacksmiths demonstrators that we have had and are going to have, large area to draw membership from, more people are becoming interested in this craft, good officers and members with positive attitudes, we try to do what we say we will do, the events are run on schedule, timing, personalized Newsletter, quality members, instant communication (the Web) and we try to provide every venue possible for learning blacksmithing. Q. Why do you use the computer so much? A. In my opinion it is the best communication tool of our time. I don‘t use our Web site www.odbsa.com like all other Web sites out there which are static (very little change) but instead I use it like (but better than) Newspaper, TV or radio news. Sometimes I make changes daily with our Current News. Our members have the opportunity go to our site and see what is going on as soon as it happens. Not only instantaneous updates but also the cost of communication is drastically cut. Our members can read it at their leisure and not have to wait for snail mail, telephone, or other ways of communication. E-mail is Cont. next page ODBSA Page 3 of 9 More Questions and Answers another facet that is wonderful. and enthusiasm. Q. What do you plan for the rest of the year? Q. What are you most proud of? A. More of same. A. I‘m proud of everything that we have been able to do Q. Have you ever advertised in Newspaper for members? together: member of ABANA, article to be published in Anvil A. No, most initial membership was the result of Rick Green and Fire, fast growth in membership and I believe it to be the Allen Hartman‘s ―hammer-in‖ and phone calls but the real growth fastest in the United States and we are approaching to be recently has been by ODBSA members telling other people about us. the largest guild or association in the State of Virginia, great Q. What have you mostly been criticized for? members, the diversity of places where demonstrations were A. That‘s easy, that I‘m too wordy when I write. I‘ve tried to change performed, the best demonstrators in the country and I agree that it‘s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. performing for us, the commitment of members to learn and Q. Is there a reason that you are pushing The Jacksonville participate in everything, the greatly improved participation Center for the Arts and Dale Morse for Blacksmithing in the Iron-in-the Hat with hand forge items, John Elliott Classes? Yes, because I am a firm believer in helping the ones that bringing his box truck with blacksmithing supplies for all of help ODBSA, as they have and also, ODBSA has four of its Education us, our tailgaters, the Library by Wendell Wyland, our terrific Directors teaching at Jacksonville Center. Newsletter by Mora Larson, the filming of our events by Glen Q. What would you like most ODBSA members to do? Bryant and Reo Garrett, Charlie Boothe‘s superb skill in A. Participate in everything like the Iron-in-the –Hat and pitch in managing his Iron-in-the Hat and Rick Green for his advice when asked to help, let me know early if you are planning to attend and help he gives me. I believe ODBSA offers as much as the next meeting/demo, relax, don‘t take this to serious, have fun, any organization in the country the opportunity for anyone be yourself, adhere to our goal, purpose and objectives and enjoy to learn this craft. My greatest satisfaction is when I look what‘s being offered to you and keep a positive attitude. upon the members while they are absorbing the information Q. What has surprised you the most? that the demonstrator is presenting and knowing that I had A. The willingness and eagerness of these professional Master something to do with making this happen. Blacksmiths to take their time for very little monetary rewards to spread their knowledge of this craft to all of us with such dedication Bobby Floyd (President ODBSA) The Ups and Downs of Blacksmithing: A Humorous Tale By Rick Green (V.P. Administration) SOMETIMES DURING OUR QUEST TO a problem because I had both were pondering our become true blacksmiths we have Bobby‘s phone number. I predicament but somehow in my an experience or two that our fellow smiths would find a little figured we could call him on a semi-photographic memory I humorous. April‘s ODBSA meeting cell phone once we reached seemed to recall that we had to at Bobby Floyd‘s shop (Buttercup Gretna. That sounded like a go on past Alta Vista on Route 40. Forge) was just such an good enough plan so down After nearly ten miles I came to experience for Eric Bourhill and myself so I thought I would share Route 40 we went. Problem the conclusion that Route 40 did it with everyone. was I had forgotten to bring not actually go anywhere near A little after 8 AM that my cell phone but Eric had his Alta Vista. Eric and I looked at Saturday Eric and I met in Glade phone so neither of us had a each other and the ―L‖ word was Hill so we could share a ride to worry in the world. Before on the tips of our tongues but Long Island. We had not yet long we got to Gretna but we neither of us cared to utter it. I pulled out on the road before we were so engrossed at solving looked at the clock in the dash; both discovered that neither of us the problems of the world that 8:30 still plenty of time. We just had the directions to Bobby‘s we didn‘t really think about needed a map. Yeah! That is all place. Eric had his blacksmith where we were headed. we needed, a map! The only dossier in the car but after Eventually the conversation trouble was that section of shuffling through the contents for got back to the problem at country where we were traveling five minutes he realized that his hand and we began to was not the thriving metropolis map was home on the table, wonder where the H were that we needed it to be at that which coincidentally was where we? There was no cell service particular time. The only buildings mine was too. I told him it wasn‘t either (Murphy‘s Law). We we were passing were churches. Continued on page 5 ODBSA Page 4 of 9 Current News and Information Copy of newspaper article (front page) of planning on attending the Sat. May 6th ODBSA meeting/demo with Peter Ross on meeting/demonstration April 8th at the Buttercup Plantation in Long (Donkey heads, Horse Heads etc.). It is imperative Island, Virginia is at the bottom of Current to let me know soon. We will be eating at Ferrum News page on our Web site. It has been College cafeteria and they need to know how published in The Gazette Virginian, AltaVista many to plan for. The meal will cost $5.00. Journal, Chatham Star Tribune and Brookneal The following have told me that they are Union Star. planning on Attending (as of April 25th): Bobby ************************************* Floyd, Joe Rotenberry, Billy Phelps, Kevin Riddle, L.T. Membership: ODBSA now have 81 members. Skinnell, Gerald Boggs, John Riddle, George ******************************** Juettner, Michael Peay, Tim Stephenson, Tony Help is needed: If you are interested in Gowen, Charles Whitting, Jerry Jones, Randy Cox, helping the ODBSA as an officer or assistant, Glen Bryant, Reo Garrett, please contact Bobby Floyd at 434-335-5621 Note: The following members cannot attended this or email@example.com. Two of the meeting/demo because they are fulfilling requirements are: that you try to attend most ODBSA Purpose: of the meetings and arrive one hour before 1. Charlie Boothe: 3 day demonstration for the each meeting starts. Positions available are: Halifax Heritage Festival Assistant Editor (contact Mora Larson), 2. David Tucciarone: Teaching a beginners Assistant to Vice President blacksmithing course at The Jacksonvile Center. (Administrator*sign-in table*) and Assistant 3. Missy Coates: Taking a course with David T. Treasurer (*helping with the at The Jacksonville Center. Iron-in-the- Hat*). This is not required but it 4. Mike Tanner: Demonstrating at the Heart of would be helpful if the Assistant to Vice If you are Virginia Festival President were to live in the area somewhere planning on 5. Peyton Anderson: Demonstrating at the around Stuart, Rock Mount, and Martinsville. Heart of Virgina Festival attending the This person would also help in finding places ************************************* Sat. May 6th to hold our meetings/demonstrations in that We need an Assistant Editor: Mora Larson, our demonstration area and coordinate membership in Editor, would like to have an Assistant Editor. that area. (donkey heads, If you are interested please contact Mora. 434-542- ************************************* horse heads 4720 or Moralarson@aol.com Participation: The ODBSA is "Not" about etc.) please money but as a member/guest of ODBSA you ******************************************* let Bobby know Mary Bartelt the Winner: Congratulations to Mary are, as of April 2006, "required" to Participate soon. for her painting was chosen as the Logo for ODBSA. in the Iron-in-the-Hat. Donate an item and As the winner she will receive the first hat and t-shirt also purchase tickets or the least desirable free. way (forgot to bring an item, don't believe in *********************************** raffles, have no need for the items, don't 43 in Attendance at our 4th meeting: Peter Ross, know what to donate, don't like the items, Bobby Floyd, L.T. Skinnell, Charles Hanks, Jimmy etc) should donate at least $10.00. Every Blanks, Missy Coates, Ellen Hendricks, Calvin Carey, ODBSA member goal should be to make a Carol Carey, Michael Carey, Joe Smith, Mike Tanner, hand forged item that other members Wendell Wyland, Peyton Anderson, Linda Tanner, will purchase tickets for. Sarah Anderson, Richard Bartelt, Mary Bartelt, ******************************* Jonathan Parker, Mike Wyland, Wendell Brooks, Jerry Yesteryear Forge: We are very please to Jones, Andy Bowling, Charlie Hudson, Mora Larson, announce that Mike and Linda Tanner have Reo Garrrett, Glen Bryant, Gerald Boggs, John agreed to host our November meeting at their Riddle, Kevin Riddle, Charlie Boothe, Renee Boothe, place in Amelia. We are all looking forward George Juettner, Phyllis Juettner, Dale Morse, John to Mike Tanner and Peyton Anderson Hussey, Ann Hussey, Jocelyne Floyd, Joe Rotenberry, demonstrations and to see Mike's collection of Rick Green, Eric Bourhill, Sam Barksdale, Johnny blacksmithing tools and equipment. Brooks and a few others that did not sign in. The As many of us know he is a collector. projected bad weather must have kept 14 others away, who said that they were planning on ************************************* attending. Are you planning to attend? : If you are Continued on page 6 ODBSA Page 5 of 9 Ups and Downs, from page 3 Eric and I discussed the situation and decided to turn around and back track toward Gretna because we both dimly recalled passing a couple of gas stations a few miles back. Once turned around we soon came upon one of those stations and Eric whipped the car into the parking lot. Upon his exiting the car I thought I distinctly heard someone speaking in a tongue strange to me. I looked around and there sat an older man on the corner of the sidewalk petting a dog and sort of jeering at Eric as only a profoundly mentally challenged person can. It didn‘t take Eric long to size this situation up as he continued walking toward the building keeping one eye on the fellow on the sidewalk. Much to his surprise he found the station was closed (that Murphy again!). The sentry must have been trying to tell him this in his strange jargon. Eric quickly returned to the car while saying something about that fellow wouldn‘t be of much help to us. We then proceeded to the next gas station, which was about another mile up Route 40. Notice here that I said ―up‖ Route 40 because this is a crucial part of the story. Upon pulling into that next gas station we realized that it was definitely open because the door was standing wide open and there was an elderly man behind the counter. It looked promising thus far so Eric leapt out of the car and through the doorway he went. I decided to wait in the car; after all there was no sense in both of us compromising our manhood by admitting that we were lost. (There was no use in two men condescending to a lower level by having to humble themselves in front of a perfect stranger.) I only knew that I was thankful for Eric‘s sake that there were no other customers in the store. Actually Eric has no problem asking for directions from strangers because he admitted to me once that he stays lost most of the time anyway. He believes it is sheer luck that he finds his way home from work every night. Now we come to my favorite part of the story. I could see Eric‘s face through the glass storefront as he faced the proprietor but I could not hear any part of their conversation (if only I had). This is how Eric related it to me later: Eric: ―Hello, do you sell road maps?‖ Store clerk: ―Nope.‖ After an awkward silence Eric realized this was all that he was going to get out of the man so he continued, ― Do you know the way to Long Island?‖ Store clerk: ―Yep.‖ Now after an even longer silence Eric again realized that he was going to have to jump-start this conversation so he asked outright, ― Will you tell me how to get to Long Island?‖ The man was obviously not a conversationalist but he did force himself to begin by saying, ―You have to go down Route 40 …‖ at which point Eric interjected the question, ―Which way is ‗down‘ Route 40?‖ (After all, we were in flat land.) Now this question only seemed to aggravate the old man because this simple statement should have been a given. It should have been a concept that any human who spoke English could have been able to grasp but not poor Eric. I must transgress at this point to explain to those raised in the city how direction is determined here in the Rural South. Every child born has instilled in their brains from a very early age which way is what. North is up, (just look at any map on a wall), that is where Yankees come from. South is down and that‘s a good place to be. (Why else would all those Yankees be coming down here?) Now there are also other variables. State Route 40 runs east to west. The western end runs into the Blue Ridge Mountains before it ends while the eastern end goes to the coast. South is down Water runs downhill; therefore east has to be down and west is up. Simple. Eric Bourhill never in over 45 years had grasped this concept. He explained to me that he grew up in Catawba, Virginia which is a long narrow valley that and that’s a good runs east to west from Blacksburg to Fincastle. The watershed drains from about midway in two opposite directions so both of these ways are down. North goes up one mountain and south goes up the other mountain so essentially place to be. (Why they have 2 ―ups‖ and 2 ―downs‖ in Catawba. I thought to myself what a heck of a place to grow up. No wonder they built the Sanitarium there. Enough said so back to the story. else would all The disgusted store clerk leaned over the counter toward Eric and indicated with his finger. That way is up (west), that way is down (east) and this way is sideways. At this point Eric almost lost it and started to laugh but the those Yankees be store clerk snapped, ―Pay attention!‖ and he realized this man was not smiling. Eric replied, ―Yes sir!‖ and the clerk coming down continued, ―Go down Route 40 and take a left on Route 640. Go three miles and you will come to a fork in the road. Bear a right at this Y and that road takes you to Long Island. Have you got that?‖ here?) Eric replied, ―I think so.‖ At which point the clerk commanded, ―Repeat it back to me!‖ (much to Eric‘s amusement). Eric: ―You go ‗down‘ Route 40, take a left on 640. Bear a right at the Y and that takes you to Long Island.‖ After an eerie silence the clerk replied in a perfect deadpan, ―You forgot the three miles.‖ To which Eric quickly replied, ―I am so sorry! OK. You go ‗down‘ Route 40. Turn left on 640. Go three miles and bear a right at the Y and that takes you to Long Island!‖ The store clerk affirmed that he finally had it right. Eric thanked him and soon we were Long Island bound once again. Once he was in the car Eric told me that the next time I would have to get the directions because that had been just too intense for him. Pretty soon we found ourselves in thriving downtown Long Island, Virginia. There we found a set of railroad tracks and several old abandoned store buildings all boarded up. That was it. No people anywhere. You know I never realized that there were still ghost towns in this country. There isn‘t Jack in Long Island. Nada, zilch, nothing! We did find right in the middle of this commercial haven a modern brick post office and it was even open. Eric whipped us into the parking lot and once again he went in— he is a glutton for punishment I guess—assuming Continued next page ODBSA Page 6 of 9 Ups and Downs (cont. from page 5) that someone inside would know something. Well guess what? The only person in there, whom I believe was the postmaster, sadly replied to Eric‘s question ―I am not from around here.‖ We don‘t know if he was part of the federal witness protection plan or maybe he was being punished by the U.S. Postal Service for being disgruntled or thirdly did he have the real postal workers bound and gagged in the back room? Suddenly the man had a revelation: ―Let me check the route map.‖ (Hooray, he had a map!) He disappeared into the back room for a good while (long enough for Eric to probably start pondering option three above) but finally he returned and told Eric that we had passed it on our way into town. Once again we turned around and back down the Yellow Brick Road we went (or was it up?). Shortly we found ourselves at Buttercup Plantation. We were about the last to arrive and Eric made the comment, ―Whew! We just did make it in time.‖ I looked at the clock in the car and it displayed 9:00 but Eric informed me that he never had changed it for Daylight Savings Time! Next time I‘ll bet we don‘t forget the directions. —Rick Green News Cont’d 2. Bam Box with Tools Iron-in-the Hat Donations: Mora Larson(Handmade soap 3. Ron Kinyon Air Hammer & dish), Mora Larson (Handmade bowl & soap), Mike Wyland 4. 2006 ABANA Seattle Personalized "Tom Clark" Hand Hammer (flat bars), L.T. Skinnell (hand forged hook), Mike Tanner Note: You are responsible for the cost of shipping if you were to (hammer), Mike Tanner(chisel), MikeTanner (cold cutter), win. If you are interested in participating, ticket sales will be at the Mike Tanner (hammer handles), Mike Tanner (2 hand made sign-in table at our meeting. twisting devices),Glen Bryant(hand-forge cross), Glen Bryant( At the April meeting $110.00 of tickets were purchased. You have hand forged wall sconce), David Hammer, a guest (gloves), one more chance to buy tickets L.T. Skinnell (hand-forged cross), Rick Green (rat tail tongs), at our next meeting at Ferrum. We all should support ABANA. Bobby Floyd (Hammer), Rick Green (anvil Magnets), Jerry Jones (wrought iron), Missy Coates (sourdough bread), Charlie Hudson ( metal spikes), Reo Garrett (springs), Wendell Wyland (new drilling and screw driving set), Rick Green (critical heat magnet), Rick Green (3 hammers), Rick Green another (3 hammers) Peyton Anderson (wrench), Dale Morse (swages), Dale Morse (swages), Reo Garrett(hand forged cheese slicer), Peyton Anderson (gloves), Charlie Hanks (hand forged poker), Bobby Floyd (easy out), Charlie Boothe (new hammer), Charlie Boothe (hand forged fork), L. T. Skinnell (hand forged cross), Richard Bartelt (horse shoe nail puller). In my opinion this was the best items donated with the smallest number of members present to date. It's great to see hand made items (everything in bold). Remember it does not have to be blacksmithing items. Thanks, Mora and Missy, your items were a real hit with the guys and especially with our lady guests. This was one of our best ticket sales and items donate yet. Thank you very much for your participation. Bobby *************************************** ABANA Iron-In-The-Hat: The ABANA Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, on July 5-8 and they will be having an Iron-In-The Hat drawing. They have mailed to us 200 tickets at $1.00 each. All proceeds will benefit ABANA's Educational Programs, Scholarship Program & Affiliate Grant Program. The four items for the drawing are: 1. Ozark Pattern Anvil with Stand and Tools ODBSA Page 7 of 9 President‘s Message continued from page 1 and Linda Tanner‘s daughter) She was very excited to be and your wife served to us was a for helping in drawing able to get the hammer, heat feast fit for kings‖. ―The best I numbers for the Iron-in-the- the metal and bang on it. I have ever had at any blacksmith Hat. Glen Bryant and Reo must say, congratulations to gathering hands down.‖ Garrett were so skilled at you, Missy, for making your Dale Morse their filming of Peter Ross first hook with a twist in it. demo that one almost forgot After the event I finally had 2. When asked if he would (which I did when I walked in time to get a haircut, do my consider coming back next year? front of the camera) they taxes and most importantly to ―I‘d enjoy coming back next year‖ were doing their thing. make the anvil ring (first time ―I had a great time with your Charlie Hanks, Gerald Boggs in three months) group and look forward to the and Charlie Boothe can now Thank you Peter Ross for next visit‖ boast that they assisted Peter keeping the past alive with Peter Ross Ross. Good job guys in your demonstration to us. working the blower. Charlie Peter could have left at 3 pm Thank you all for attending and B‘s ―claim to fame‖ is that he but remained until 5pm learning. was a striker for Peter Ross. (that‘s dedication). We all Bobby Floyd (President of the Jerry Jones took pictures and thank you for your ODBSA) downloaded them to my commitment to this craft, computer that day. I must preserving the past and thank my barking door- bells helping ODBSA members (Shiloh, Cody, MyLi and understand more of this Hobo), they were of great historic trade. It was a great assistance except when Peter day because we had a great was talking. Sorry guys. blacksmithing demonstrator Really good tailgaters (Mike and great blacksmithing Tanner, Charlie Hudson, friends. Charlie Boothe and Joe Rodenberry. Here are parts of some e- Congratulations to Dale mail that I must share with Morse for buying the ―baby‖ you all. anvil (368 lbs) from Joe. Missy Coates had never 1. 1. ―Thank you so much for worked with hot metal before your efforts towards creating this day. At the end of the a top-notch blacksmithing day she had her opportunity. organization‖ ―the food you Lock Made by Peter Ross ODBSA Page 8 of 9 ODBSA Review of Peter Ross Demonstration By Mora Larson (Editor) Members of the ODBSA had the honor to have Williamsburg blacksmith Pete Ross demonstrate on Sat. April 8th hosted by Pres. Bobby Floyd and his beautiful wife Jocelyne at their handsome Buttercup Plantation. It was interesting to hear Pete‘s take on what people of today and colonial times wanted in a forged piece: today we often want that ―handmade look,‖ whereas in the 17th and 18th century the beaten, forged surface would often be transformed with filing and polishing. Pete‘s work exemplified this lovely finished look and we were fortunate to have him show us how to make a few simple pieces including a hook and staple, a latch, hasp, and tongs. Here is a run-down of some general advice from his demonstration. For more explicit instructions you should watch Pete Ross and Ken Schwartz‘s DVD on basic forge processes and borrow the DVD XXXX made at this meeting. Tools available now are much more accurate than colonial tools, e.g. the metal ruler. Use a metal ruler and a good set of calipers. Why not use as few tools as possible? Use the corner of your hammer as a fuller. Your peen head should be nearly flat, to leave less marks. (Pete‘s hammer, which he made, weighs approx. 35-40 oz.) Do not quench your work if possible. Quenching will harden your work. Pete‘s way of welding: have the two pieces to be welded of similar shape & equal weight. Put the pieces horizontally in the fire, flux — he used Borax— by spooning it onto pieces already in the fire. Welding heat is just below sparking. Do not think the longer the joint the stronger the joint: this is not gluing, this is fusion. The shorter the overlap the better. ―I suggest not making some special contortion to make your weld.‖ [Move the pieces into your normal working position.] When you put the pieces in the fire make sure they‘re in the right position for removing from the fire. To make a smoother transition, you can upset the area back from the scarf weld to compensate for the weld, e.g. attaching the reins to your tongs. Thicken back from the weld because the amount of material is already doubled at the weld. To reduce scale: do drastic shaping at the high end of the heat; smooth it during the red, low end of the heat. When you are done with a piece you can bring it to a dull red and air dry (or ―normalize‖) to relieve stress on the metal. Wire brushing is not historic—therefore use the above technique to make less scale. ―Plan ahead to prevent a problem, rather than fix it later.‖ Your drift needs to be annealed tool steel—a drift is used to increase the size of a hole or shape a hole, into a rectangle for example. Who knew? ¼ in. square stock rounds out larger than ¼ in dia. The first eight to ten pair of tongs you make won‘t look good, but thereafter you should be able to make a pair of tongs that will be light, strong, and springy. Working with a good set of tongs will enable you to better concentrate. Plus, if your tools are a pleasure to use, your work will be better. The reins of tongs are not in the same plane usually—they are offset to fall naturally in the hand; for this reason there are left- and right-handed tongs. Pete Ross‘s easygoing yet exacting approach to blacksmithing energized those who found their way to Bobby‘s house Saturday. We hope Pete will come back soon. ODBSA Page 9 of 9 Old Dominion Next Meeting Blacksmith Association 816 Honeybee Rd. Long Island, Virginia Saturday May 6, 2006 Location: Blue Ridge Institute and Museum Phone: Ferrum College 434-335-5621 P.O. Box 1000 Ferrum, Virginia 24088 E-Mail: 540-365-4416 firstname.lastname@example.org Host: Roddy Moore, Director of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum. (Roddy told us that he worked for over a year at Colonial Williamsburg gunshop and was the striker on the first gun barrel made there.) Time: 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Refreshments: coffee and pastries furnished Lunch: 12:00 until 1:00 P.M. At Ferrum College cafeteria. Cost $5.00 each. Techniques Used to Forge Animal Heads: Demonstrators: Billy Phelps and Joe Rotenberry Billy is one of the most impressive professional master blacksmiths that you could ever meet. He is a local artisan whose extraordinary talent should be witnessed by all. For over 30 years Billy has been demonstrating to the public his skill at moving metal his way with an artistic flair that is truly awesome. Joe is a professional Ferrier and as Billy says:‖ he is as good as I am." Some of us We‘re on the Web! have had the pleasure to see him perform and he is really good. See us at: When explaining to Roddy Moore (Director of Blue Ridge Institute and Museum) that we were in the process of finding a demonstrator for his location, he insisted www.odbsa.com that he wanted Billy and Joe to do the job because he knows and respects both of Billy and Joe's talent in this craft.