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International Blacksmith Day

International blacksmith day is the fourth Saturday in May, to celebrate all the worlds Blacksmiths with an open forge and welcome visitors with fire and the sounds of hammering. This happens the same time every year and this year the PBA will be holding their spring conference at camp creek in Waverley NE. Come join us and learn to forge camp fire tools from Jim Tuttle. A small fee for supplies and lunch but well worth the experience .
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Updated Newsletter

The Prairie Blacksmith Association (PBA) has a new electronic newsletter that includes information on upcoming hammer-ins, conferences, articles, projects, and much more.  If you would like the informative newsletter sent to you, please email your name and email address to prairieblacksmith@gmail.com. The PBA newsletter is emailed every other month, with the most recent release for May-June 2016.  Send any information for submission to the newsletter by the 15th on even numbered months. Keri
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February Hammer-in

February Hammer-in  Location: Jim Peirce's shop                   1522 W. E St                   Hastings NE Date: February 20th Time: 9:00 to ?             Lunch will not be provided (restaurants nearby) Subject: Tooling/Jig show and tell:   steroids and sport                   We would like to encourage everyone to bring some of their tooling jigs that they have made or use and explain how to make and show use them.
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Camp Creek Threshers

Several blacksmiths from PBA attended the Camp Creek Threshers Show today near Waverly, NE.  If you missed the event today, you can still enjoy it tomorrow.  In addition to the blacksmiths, there are hundreds of tractors, hit and miss engines, steam engines, other farm equipment, saw mill, mini train, food including an ice cream barn, and much more!  Stop by tomorrow, July 17, at Camp Creek Download Adobe After Effects and say hi to one of the blacksmiths, and see the large variety of items made and for sale. Keri Younker for PBA
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Omaha hammer in date change

Join all the PBA members and friends for a Pot Luck meal and Swap meet! The PBA Swap Meet and Pot Luck Lunch will be held on August 13th 2016 AT Elmo’s new location at 2921 N. 84th easysteroids Street Omaha NE 9 am – 5 pm This will replace the regular PBA hammer in for the month of August. EVERYONE WELCOME (BRING YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND FAMILY) Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Bring your own special condiments if desired. Bring your own drink and a generous side dish to share along with all the equipment you wish to sell or trade. Last year six truckloads of stuff found new homes.
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2016 Fall Conference

The Fall PBA conference is discount Adobe Illustrator CC off to a great start thanks to Matt O and his staff. The Trails and Rails Museum has gone out of there way to accommodate us. Brent Bailey has put on a great demonstration on hammers, animal heads, and trinkets. Can't wait to see what today has in store.
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Jan- Feb News

Prairie Blacksmith AssociationBlacksmith Shop Omaha 3031 Upland Parkway Omaha NE 68107                                                                       Forge News     January 2016   This is your newsletter, I need your input by the 15th of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) prior, so please send me information, articles, web sites and anything you think the rest of us might find interesting so I can pass that information on thru this newsletter.     `PBA Name Tags, Caps, T Shirts Vern Grasshorn will be taking orders for PBA nametags at $10 each. Nametags are a great way to identify yourself and the PBA while demonstrating. Ball caps are $12 each and T Shirts are $15 each and can be purchased at the Blacksmith Shop Omaha anytime. Prairie Blacksmith Association News     Overview The Prairie Blacksmiths Association is a regional chapter of the Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA). PBA is an association of hobbyists and professional smiths in Nebraska and surrounding states, organized to promote the craft of blacksmithing; share of tips, techniques and resources; and to provide information about traditional and contemporary uses of forged iron to the general public. If you are interested in more information, arranging for a demonstration at an activity, or learning the blacksmithing craft; please contact the PBA. Find us on the web at:http://www.pbsmiths.com/ or www.pbsmith.org     The PBA web site is up and working. We have had a few glitches but worked them out and now we are adding information to the site as it comes in. We need your input to make the site truly ours. We need photos with narratives, stories about your blacksmithing experiences and events. Tell us and show us what you are working on. Send your information to Julie Kraw or Elmo Diaz.                              Presidents Letter   Message from your PBA President     Keeping Up with the Times       As we listen to the news and surf the internet on our computers or phones we realize how fast our world is moving. If you are like me, you go home and find some solace. But sometimes we need to jump into the fray and I believe that is what our club is facing. We have been operating on person to person contact which is still the best method of promoting the club. But we facing a new generation that would rather talk by text or e-mail than by phone and will check things out on the internet before they go to see what is happening.       We say many times that the future to our nation is our young folks. Well that is the same with our club. These young folks have never experienced party lines or been someplace without their phones. Eric Klaus has reported that our Facebook has around 400 people who have liked us (these are folks who watch our page to see what is going on). So we as club must face these facts and join the fray.    Cost of the Future       We have started this process by getting our website (pbasmiths.org) going again. The board is also looking at setting up online applications and an online store. We are working on the ground work that has to be done in order to accomplish these task. This ground work has a price tag which is reasonable but it is a bump in the road for us. Some of these cost are monthly which is where the difficult comes in.    Reality of the Past       Let me review some financial facts. In the past our dues of $15 was used to pay for the cost of the newsletter, hammer-in supplies, and some conference cost. In the past few years before we started e-mailing the newsletter the $15 dollars was only covering the cost of mailing. The monies for hammer-in supplies came from Iron in the Hat and the conference became self-funding. At our 2015 Fall Conference we experienced the possibility of running out of money. Even with the increase in membership dues to $25, at the status quo, we will remain in the black for this year but by a slim margin.      Reality of the Future       So as we look to the future of having some monthly cost the subject of income revenue comes up. The question at hand is "What sources of revenue do we have?". This is where we need your help and input. We could raise membership fees to match our revenue needs but I think that there are other ways to raise money. If you have an idea, please share it with one of the board members. We could use all the ideas you have and no idea is a bad idea. Some are just being better than others.    Possible Solution     The club has survived because of people giving of their time and recourses. Including donations of equipment, books, and metal to the club. While these things are very much a help to the club it is hard to pay for services with things other than money. I would like to ask you to think about helping by giving a financial gift to the club. Changes that we all want will require more than the status quo. Right now all bills are being paid. Nothing urgent yet. But things need to improve if we want to change in the future. If you find this offensive or do not want to give, then please don't. We are very thankful for the donation of time and resources each of you have made and we hope you will continue to do so.     I would like to hear from those of you who read this note by just letting me know you have read it.    President of PBA  Irvan Wayman        PBA MONTHLY AREA FORGE MEETINGS Want to get together with PBA members in your area? Here’s when and where.... 1st Monday night of each month: Wayne Lenhart monthly hammer-in at historic blacksmith shop in Cuba, KS. Contact person: Wayne Lenhart    2nd Saturday of each month: Jim Vidlak monthly hammer-in. Jim is southeast of Lincoln, near Bennett, NE. Contact Jim Vidlak at for details 3rd Tuesday evening of the Month in Omaha, NE. Start time 6 PM. 3031 Upland Parkway Omaha NE 68107. Easy to find, Q & 30th street. Turn (south) on 30th street. Continue south on 30 th street for 7 blocks then turn right (west) on Upland Parkway. Call Elmo Diaz for shop time and details 402-680-9626.   3rd Saturday of the Month - This monthly hammer-in moves back and forth between Steele City, NE, at the historic blacksmith shop for the spring, summer, and fall months and Jim Bernard’s shop in winter months. Contact Call Les Ward (402-520-4171), David Sloan (402-793-5755), or Jim Bernard (402) 228-2068) for info. Call ahead, as this hammer-in will not be held when it conflicts with other larger PBA events.       February Hammer-in   Location: Jim Peirce's shop                   1522 W. E St                   Hastings NE Date: February 20th Time: 9:00 to ?             Lunch will not be provided (restaurants nearby) Subject: Tooling/Jig show and tell:                     We would like to encourage everyone to bring some of their tooling jigs that they have made or use and explain how to make and show use them. Note: Jim said his alley is drifted shut so we may have to park on the street   PBA SCHOLARSHIP at Work My Penland Experience  By Julie Kraw  Last summer I was lucky to be able to attend Penland school of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina for two weeks. The class that I chose to take studied Iron lighting and was taught by Maria Cristalli. With the help of the PBA scholarship to fund my way I had quite an adventure ahead of me. Penland, to my understanding was a place for serious artists so I was both excited and intimidated about this new adventure.  My journey to Penland began with packing my car full of everything that I would think that I would need. I threw in my favorite tongs, assorted drifts and punches, my welding gear and two weeks’ worth of clothes, bug spray and poison ivy ointment (penland warns in its brochure that the poison ivy in the area is very thick).  Since I have never been anywhere east I carefully mapped out my route….the drive would take me through territory that I didn’t know and I was excited to drive through Nashville, where I stopped to check out “music row” and all of the interesting shops. Driving through Tennessee was absolutely beautiful as the smoky mountains truly lived up to their name….many of the rivers had a beautiful haze on them at dusk. As I got close to North Carolina the roads would start to get more confusing, Penland was not an easy school to find and was hidden deep in the blue ridge mountains about 30 miles from Asheville. As I drove up the road to Penland I was amazed by all of the lush forest surrounding the school grounds…the road being dotted with artists’ studios the entire way and then opening up into a huge field. There at the far end stood Penland, tucked into the trees, miles from any distractions.  My first order of business was to find my room. Penland offers housing to its students and I highly recommend staying there on campus. There are housing options to fit any budget from simple dorm rooms to private cabins. I had chosen a shared room so I would have a roommate. My room was located in the rustic Radcliffe cabin, which was a historical landmark. The rooms were clean and simple with a shared bathroom. My roommate was a young girl who was in the glassblowing program.   That evening there was to be an orientation and introduction. Here the school director spoke and welcomed us to the program, instructors were introduced and we were told about the dining hall, special activities (which included yoga and ballroom dancing classes) and artists’ presentations (which were held on a nightly basis)   One thing that I noticed about Penland was the quantity of repeat students. I swear that about half the room must have raised their hand when the director asked who had been there before. To some people attending Penland is a religion.   The studios at Penland are open 24 hours. Some artists like to burn the midnight oil and I was surprised and delighted to see people working at all hours of the night. One thing that made me chuckle was that the Penland coffee shop is open till midnight 7 days a week. This was a frequent favorite place of mine to visit.    My instructors name was Maria Cristalli. Maria started out working as a photographer when she took a welding class that inspired her to change her career path completely. Nearly 20 years later, Cristalli's work has been displayed in galleries and museums, including the National Ornamental Metals Museum. Formally trained in Fine Arts, she spent many of her early years as a blacksmith apprenticing with master smiths and taking blacksmithing classes. Her body of work includes architectural ironwork, home furnishings, fireplace tools, ironwork for the garden, as well as sculpture. She specializes in applying traditional hand-forging techniques and expressing them in a modern aesthetic. Maria excelled at texturing metal. In fact, that was my main take away from the class is what can be done to add texture and character to designs.  My class had about 10 students in it from all skill levels. Some of the students had never touched iron before and figured that it would just be a “neat” class to take. Others had been smithing for many years and were ABANA members. The mixture of skill levels provided both benefits and drawbacks. On one side, it was great to see the creative projects that the beginners pulled off, on the other side, I felt that the instructor mostly covered basic forging techniques and spent most of her time helping beginners. I will say that It was very hard to get one on one time with the instructor in this class. Nonetheless, I learned many valuable new skills and the environment was perfect for creativity.   Each student got their own workstation which included an anvil, coal forge with vent and table space. The tool room at Penland was overwhelming to say the least. There were over 200 tongs to use, various grinders, punches, measuring devices…. everything you could think of. I spent most of my time trying to find things around the shop which got easier as I spent time there. I also found that the tools I needed to complete my lamp were not available so I spent about a day making various drifts and punches.  The majority of the demonstrations were done on the power hammer. This was exciting for me to learn because all of a sudden I could move big iron much more quickly and efficiently….and my goal for this class was to go big.  My major drawback in the class was being able to settle on a design. Since it was such a fast paced class it seemed that the students who arrived with thoroughly planned out designs fared better. In the first week I must have changed my lamp design 10 times. The challenge for me was planning the project as I had never put something together on this scale before. How would everything fit together? I found some comfort in using my architecture background and doing a full scale sketch of my lamp from all sides. Even then, design problems popped up throughout the process that I had not expected. The learning curve was tremendous. As with all creative projects I had minor setbacks that I “worked around” creatively. What I took from this is that you just have to go for it when you are first starting out and learn from your mistakes.   The lamp design that I settled on was far more ambitious than anyone else in the class. 8 tenon joints and 16 drifted holes… and let me tell you… there was no one to hold my metal for me or help. I learned very fast! Where my instructor really came to help me was getting the final project fitting together correctly. Once everything was riveted together I ended up with a very nice lamp which was solid as a rock!  Other fun things that we did as a class during my stay was taking a field trip to Asheville where we visited a local scrap yard where you could buy iron by the pound. I went crazy here as it was the first time I have visited a scrap yard and loved all of the cool iron that I could buy. Penland also had its own iron store where you could purchase any size and shape stock that you could think of.   On another day we visited the studio of Hoss Haley. Haley creates two and three dimensional works in steel, concrete, and bronze. He favors industrial materials and fabrication methods, often building or adapting the machines and tools he uses to produce his work. His studio was amazing and we got to see how he fabricates many of his sculptures using hydraulic presses. The latest sculpture that he was working on was a 40-foot-tall design that was going to be put in place at the Asheville Airport.   Every night at there was an instructor’s slideshow at the school which focused on different YY555555555555555G RHTH disciplines. These were amazing to go to and hearing the artists’ stories were amazing. I went and saw a slideshow from a jewelry designer who was quite amazing.  Another funny thing that happens at Penland is that you never know who you will run into. This school seems to be a favorite hangout of artists. There had been this strange woman hanging out in the blacksmiths shop all week and it turns out it was Elizabeth Brim. If you do not know who she is, please look her up…. she has a great body of work and is a talented blacksmith. I was lucky enough to get a private invite to her studio which was just a stone’s throw from Penland. She worked in a small barn with a dirt floor and it was pretty apparent from the get go that she was the real deal.  At the end of the class session a scholarship auction is held. Each student has the option of donating a piece where the proceeds will go to students that need financial assistance to go to Penland. This is a very well-known event and art collectors from all over the world show up to get bargain works of art from up and coming artists and designers.   In a nutshell, Penland provided a completely immersive environment for artists. You eat, sleep and breathe creativity there. The best part is the camaraderie with the other students. I made many new friends at this school and felt that I was finally in my element.  After two weeks I was thoroughly exhausted. I felt like I had actually broke my hand it hurt so much from all of the hammering… but now that I have my lamp to look at it was well worth it.    BIRTHDAY CARD RUSH PBA MEMBERS, here is the article on JR Strasil, blacksmith, Falls City, NE.   It is too bad that we all did not have an opportunity know this man and see him work. He is one of the past craftsmen that learned the hard way. SUBMITTED BY Clarence Mertins   18 FER 2016 Clarence Mertins gave us this sad new;   Cookie Strasil called me this morning and said that JR passed away last night. He was suffering from back problems and recently developed aneurysms. He was unconscious for a number of days at the end.     She said that there would be a memorial service for him later????       Carolyn Strasil      604 W. 25th St., Falls City, NE 68355-1531 Clarence Mertins       Jr Strasil INFO;           Send JR Strasil a birthday card for February 27th at the Falls City Care Center 2800 Towle Street, Falls City, NE 68355.   JR is (was) a third generation old time blacksmith/welder/jack of all trades and a Master at many. He was very intelligent in mechanical workings and capable of building most anything he put his mind to making. JR learned blacksmithing apprenticed to his grandfather and father in the family shop. During the Vietnam War he served in the U. S. Navy in Thailand as a blacksmith and machinist from which he had many stories to tell. After he returned home, JR took over and operated the shop his father and grandfather operated in their day before him in Falls City, NE down in the south east corner of the state. He also operated a field welding service that covered any and all, farms, commercial, etc. in that area. He was a wiz at mathematical calculations with ruler and square and devising methods to determine how to lay out and build parts, repairs and whatever was needed to fix what he was working on. JR build many of his tools to his own designs in the blacksmith/machine shop. His field truck was a U. S. Army Duce and a Half that he equipped with all the welders, tools, booms, and wenches that he needed to tackle heavy welding jobs. He was a true craftsman, a machinist, welder, designer, jig builder, tool smith, blacksmith and wood smith. For blacksmithing JR was always building jigs and tools: hardy style fullers, swages, bicks, benders, helpers, etc. by the dozens. He devised and built several helve power hammers of his own design. He produced special hand hammers for a time for individual order. There is a working blacksmith museum shop in the small Kansas town of Hiawatha, south of Falls City, NE, with a working brick forge that JR build a few years back. They did do blacksmithing there in that forge.   He mastered power tool wood working and developed many tools and aids and methods for his woodworking in his home basement shop. JR was a recycler of used metal and wood for the many tools and projects thru the years. One of his projects was a full lawyer drop glass door oak book case made from wood salvaged from shipping pallets. A problem JR had was both his metal and wood shop spaces mostly were not sufficient to hold all the tools that he put into those areas, which just left walk space trails around and amongst the tools. But is spite of this problem he was able to make them do his bidding. JR’s personality was he was strong of mind and will, loud and somewhat egotistical so he affected people in different ways. Some could not stand him, others tolerated him, and others found in him a friend when you got around and past his rough exterior. He demonstrated his various blacksmithing skills at numerous PBA Hammer-Ins thru the years, e.g. sharpening plow shares, hammer making, tongs, to name several. For a period of time he demonstrated blacksmithing at Indian Cave Neb. State Park. In JR’s later working years, he equipped a box trailer with old style hand wood working tools for demonstrating hand wood working around southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas. Some were old tools he refurbished while others were tools that he built himself based upon tools of past woodworking crafts. Due to leg problems he devised and built a shaving horse that operates rather than clamping the wood between the head and the stand with your foot or feet on the bar below the bench, his design operates through several levers on each side, when you sit down on the seat the head clamps and holds the wood work piece. There are moveable pins on both sides that allow for adjusting to the thickness of the wood piece being worked. The original love of JR’s life was his wife, Sylvia. When he lost her to sudden heart failure brought on by a virus that invaded that small community, it nearly killed him also. He left home in the morning to go to work and she was feeling some under the weather and when he came home at noon for lunch she was gone. The loss of her under cut him in his prime working years from which he never fully recovered. Through his working years JR’s back took a beating from the heavy lifting and man handling metal around on the various jobs. A combination of the two weighed very heavy on the man and almost put him down before his time.  Carolyn “Cookie” entered JR’s life and helped bring him back some for a time until his back got the best of him and stopped him from doing the work that he loved to do in metal and wood. JR doctored his back at home for years and now is being cared for in the Falls City Care Center 2800 Towle Street, Falls City, NE 68355. Cookie is asking that those that know JR and us who care about blacksmiths to send him a card for his birthday which is February 27th to the address line above.  The tools that JR built have been dispersed around the country. One of the helve hammers, his son in Texas has it. Many of JR’s blacksmithing tools he gave to his grandson in Texas, who is the envy of everyone when he goes to demonstrate at a hammer-in in the area for all the special tooling that the young man has so early in life. The field truck, shop and tools, dreams stored in the garage are all gone, sold at auction a year or so back.  Physical problems have caught up with JR and he is in serious condition. Presently he is in the Falls City Care Center.  Hindsight tells me that as blacksmiths it is too bad we did not use JR more as an instructor or working with or under him thru the years???        PBA CALANDER OF EVENTS The dates of some of the events are not current or correct. If you have the correct information, please email it to me so I can update this list. Any event noted with PBA WELCOM signifies that you may participate in the demonstration contact the POC for details.   PBA 2016 Events    2016 Events        - NO EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER   -February: 2016 Hammer-in  Place: Jim Peirce’s shop (1522 W. E St., Hastings NE)  Date: February 2016(Contact person: Jim Peirce 402-463-0166)  Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 or 5:00 pm  Subject:       -March: 2016 Hammer-in O’Neil NE   Place: Home of Irvan Wayman’s parents (O’Neill NE)  Date: 28th & 29th (Contact person: Irvan Wayman 712-526-2186)  Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 or 5:00 pm Subject:      -May:          FYI: Blacksmith Assoc of Missouri (BAM) is having their conference the 28 April to May 1st . For more information, see www.bamsite.org        Hammer-in  Place: Ed Auger’s (53202 866th Rd, Plainview NE)  Date: 17th & 18th (Contact person: Ed Auger 402-582-3360)  Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 or 5:00 pm both days  Subject: To be determined  PBA WELCOME       -May  PBA Spring Conference  Place: Camp Creek, Waiverly NE Date: May 28 &29 Time: Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm      Sunday: 8:00am to 8:30am Worship Service                9:00am to close – Tongs demo Demonstrator: To be determined  POC, Matt Roberts (402-650-6819), (mor1@cox.net))   1003 Bellevue Blvd S, Bellevue, NE 68005   PBA WELCOME   June                Summer Arts Festival                        Place: Omaha NE                        DATE: June 11-12 2016                        Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days  Demonstrator: Elmo Diaz, Vern Grasshorn PBA WELCOME                        http://www.summerarts.org/     - Trails and Rails Museum Blacksmith -Place Kearney NE.  - DATE June 1st. - Contact Matt O'Callaghan (402-525-7168) PBA WELCOME   -July: 2016   Camp Creek Threshers Show  Place: 17200 Bluff Road, Waverly NE  Date: 16th & 17th July (Contact person: Art Push 402-427-7417)  Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days  PBA WELCOME For more information, see www.ccthreshers.org      Mid-States Threshers Show  Place: 12601 262nd Road, Ashland NE  Date: 25th & 26th (Contact person: Vernon Grashorn 402-234-2804)  Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days  For more information, see www.mid-statesantiquetractorshow.org              Wild Wild West Day                               Place: The Durham Museum, 801 S 10th St Omaha                               Date 30 July (contact Elmo Diaz 402-680-9626)                               Time 10 am to 3 pm.           PBA WELCOME  -August: 2016                  SWAP MEET & Pot luck lunch                Blacksmith Shop Omaha                13 Aug 2016, 9-5, EVERYONE WELCOM (BRING YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER)                Bring a dish of food to share and all the equipment you wish to sell or trade.                Last year six truckloads of stuff found new homes.                Contact Elmo for information of what to bring. 402-680-9626                Hammer-in  Place: 309 Main Street, Summerfield KS  Date: 15th & 16th (Contact person: Dave Zahm 402-520-0694)  Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days  For more information, see www.transueblacksmith.org   Demonstration  Place: Lake Park, Glenwood IA  Date: 23rd & 24th (Contact person: Irvan Wayman 712-526-2186)  Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days    Blacksmith and Pioneer Days Place: Summerfield, KS. Date: Aug. 15 - 16. BLACKSMITHS AND PIONEERS DAYS SUMMERFIELD, KS. 2014   SATURDAY AUG. 15, 9 AM - 5 PM SUNDAY AUG. 16, 9 AM - 3 PM SUNDAY MORNING ALL DENOMINATION OLD TIME CHURCH SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. NORTH OF THE MUSEUM. http://www.transueblacksmith.org/Events.html   MUSEUM CONTACT DAVE & LIZ 402-520-0644             david@diodecom.net             www.transueblacksmith.com     Keg Creek Days             Place: 20 Lake Dr, Glenwood, IA             Date: August 23rd & 24th (Contact person: Irvan Wayman 712-526-2186)             Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm               Subject: Open Forging PBA WELCOME   Nebraska State Fair:             Place: Grand Island, NE. Date: Scheduled August 22 - September 1 See statefair.org/fair for details.  cortlandne.com for details.           PBA WELCOME   -September   Thayer County Fall Festival listed. Sunday Sept. 27th. 2015 in Belvidere NE. Bruce Junker and Dan Stanton always demonstrate at this. Bob Reinke PBA member and Thayer County Historical Society President 402-768-3542   -October  PBA Fall Conference PBA WELCOME Place: Date: Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days  Demonstrator:            Blacksmith Shop Omaha NEWS     The Blacksmith shop Omaha has had a very busy time since our last newsletter. We had five sessions of Girl Scouts Art Venture of 25 humantestosteronebooster girls copper smithing and forging a sculpture for auction. We held our monthly meetings and forged candle holders, thanks Chris Andrews, then our next meeting Matt Roberts taught us how to make double scroll bottle opener. January we will learn to forge small anvils form Larry Baasch.     Web Sites of Interest   BlacksmitHER.com to Offer Online Classes Victoria Patti and BlacksmitHER Radio are offering online blacksmithing classes. This cutting edge program is just getting started and future classes are still being developed. The first class was on punching and drifting methods with Mark Aspery. I have casually discussed this program with Mark he is very supportive of this venue as a natural evolution of teaching blacksmithing skills and techniques. It provides a new level of affordable access to quality instruction. Classes are scheduled live and allow online interaction but if you can’t make the class during the scheduled time, the recorded session can be viewed from an archive. Check it out at: URL: http://www.blacksmither.com/online-blacksmithing-classes/     New York-based production company is searching for female blacksmiths   Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America CASTING REALITY SHOW ABOUT FEMALE BLACKSMITHS   New York-based production company is searching for female blacksmiths between the ages of 21-40 for a series we're developing. We have worked with countless networks, including HGTV and DIY.    We're looking for outgoing and passionate people, who create unique works with their talent. If you're interested in submitting to the project and learning more, please send 1 recent photo of yourself and 2-3 photos of your work tocarlyk@backroadsentertainment.com   To learn more about us, please visit our website: http://backroadsentertainment.com Carly Kastel Back Roads Entertainment 7 Penn Plaza (Bet 30th-31st street) Suite 1105 NY, NY 10001 O 646-360-2592 ext 1003 C 609-705-7333 carlyk@backroadsentertainment.com   https://static.ctctcdn.com/letters/images/1101116784221/S.gif   http://files.ctctcdn.com/9efa79e8001/7b9b397c-69ad-4cee-9d31-8a726aca6304.jpg Thank you,   Kirk Sullens, ABANA Member Services Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America   For ABANA information, please check out these links:     http://www.campmaid.com/       Tail Gate Sales Send me photos and descriptions so I can post your items for sale in the next newsletter.   Bulk Coal for Sale: I (Irvan Wayman) have a limited supply of bulk coal for sale at $0.25 a pound. I also have a limited supply of 50 lbs bags that I can bag it in but you will have to pick it up, I live near Glenwood IA. Call (712)-526-2186 or e-mail (biblesaq@yahoo.com) me to work out the details for collecting it. You can pay in cash or by personal check but no credit or debit cards. I will need payment before you take the coal.   Don Malcolm of Norton KS has for sale Calcium Carbide along with a working Acetylene generator for sale. The calcium carbide is in 100# sealed cans at $100 each. The generator is huge and half buried to keep from freezing, make offer. Don has ¼ inch Stoody welding hard rod at $8 per pound. Call Don at 785-669-2217   The Blacksmith Shop has seven (7) leg vices for sale four inches are $75, five-inch $150 stop by the blacksmith shop to pick your new vice. ANVILS several for sale different weights. WE HAVE AN OPERTUNITY TO BUY SWAGE BLOCKS AND CONES ONE MORE TIME THIS YEAR. YOU MUST PRE PAY FOR THEM. The swage blocks will cost $200 and the cones $250. You can pay with credit card thru the blacksmith shop.     I have two 50lb little giant power hammers for sale. They are priced at 1- $1500, and 1- $2500. The cheaper one has one small repair, and the one for $2500 we took right out of the original blacksmith shop in Missouri. Contact Matt O'Callaghan (402-525-7168)         PROJECT       I would like to personally interview each member of our group and publish the interview in the newsletter. I need your help, to save time, please fill out the interview questionnaire and email it back to me at blacksmithomaha@gamil.com. This is a large project and will take some time to complete. It will require patients on everyone’s part. This is a great way of knowing who is in your area but more so who is in the outlying areas of our group. I think you will be surprised in the diversity of occupations of our group.     Blacksmith:          How long have you been blacksmithing and what/who got you started?              Do you forge full time or is blacksmithing more of a hobby?              What are your occupation if not a full time Blacksmith Can you say a bit about your hammer, forge (fuel choice, etc.), and tool preferences Hammer Choice.             FORGE:           Power Hammer:            Tongs:             What projects have you done that you're especially proud of?             What projects would you like to make in the future?             What resources /classes helped you when you were just getting into blacksmithing?             What are some tips you can offer people just starting out? Where can we find out more about what you're doing?         
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New location for Omaha Hammer-in

The Omaha hammer-in is changing location.  Omaha meets badocams on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m., and the new location for our next meeting and hammer-in will be at 2921 N. 84th Street in Omaha. Since the shop is still in the move process, please contact Elmo or wait for any new information on the next meeting date.
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Day one fall conference

What a great day, the weather was great and the food was unbelievable . Heather McLarty demonstrated how to forge angle iron onto sea weed , grass, and pipe into bamboo. She transformed C Chanel into fish and grass. This year we added close circuit tv and a PA system to enhance the experience of the spectators. We dined on wood fired pizza from the Brick Oven pizza company who made our pies on site. Thanks Allan Crain for helping run the ovens and learning to turn pizzas. Sunday is going to be even bigger and more exciting. Sheet work and chasing lessons . Come on out meet the new board members.
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