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1018 Steel Round Stock


3/4" round 1018?  I have approx 400 lbs of random short lengths.  Around 12". Some shorter, some longer.
Will be available at the Oct 15, OMAHA hammer in.
For information contact Elmo Diaz at 402-680-9626
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Ceramics auction

There are tools and equipment that can be used in a Blacksmith shop.

Agosta’s Ceramics Business Liquidation

Live Onsite Auction – No Reserve

Sunday November 18th – 11am

2925 N. 84th St Omaha, NE 68134

Wall to Wall Liquidation of One of Omaha’s Oldest Ceramic Shops, Thousands of Molds, Kilns, Pouring Tables, Mixers, Tools, Pallet Racking, Shelving, Store Fixtures, Retail Showcase Cabinets, Finished Products, Inventory, Paints and more

 

 

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Schedule of Events

Fall Conference Schedule of Events Friday 28 September, we will be setting up the shop. 18:30 - grilled sausages, Nebraska sodas, beer & wine @ Too Far North - cash Saturday 29 September, 7:00 Registration and tail gate sales begin. 7:00 – 9:00 - board meeting - overview of conference. Spring 2019 conference, board meeting schedule. 9:00 to 12:00 Demonstration by Dave Osmundsen 11:00 - 1:00 - ladies luncheon wine, beer, tea, sausage tasting @ Too Far North. 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch local cold cuts and breads and trimmings. 1:00 to 5:00 Demonstration by Dave Osmundsen 5:30 - 6:30 -- pulled pork dinner and fixings from The Cure, served i
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Fall Conference Registration

MUST BE A PBA MEMBER TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE Registrant’s name __________________________________________________________________ Spouse or other family members attending ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________ City _______________________________________State___________________Zip_____________ Phone_______________________email_________________________________________________ 2 day conference registration with lunch tickets ($100 per person) $_____________ 1 day conference registration with lunch ticket (specify Saturday or Sunday) $60 $______________ 2 day workshop registration with lunch tickets (Monday and Tuesday October 1 &2) $180 per person (workshop attendees are expected to bring their own hammers, safety glasses and some tools, although PBA tools will be available for use. There may additional material charges) $______________ All four days with 4 lunch tickets $260 (plus materials) $______________ Saturday Women’s social luncheon, wine, cheese, beer sampling at Too Far North, Fort Calhoun, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm $30 each $______________ PBA Annual Dues $25 $_____________ ****************************EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION************************* ##### Register prior to August 1, 2018 at the following reduced rates! ##### 2 day conference with lunches EARLY BIRD $90 $_________________ 2 day workshop registration with lunches EARLY BIRD $ 160 $_________________ ALL 4 DAYS – Conference, workshop and 4 lunch tickets! EARLY BIRD $225 $_________________ Total registration money enclosed. $_________________ (Spouse and minor dependents are included in conference registration fees but not lunch or workshop fees) Please make checks payable to PBA and mail to: Clarence Mertins, 1986 McKelvie Road, Seward, NE 68434-8069 I plan to bring tailgate items to sell/swap YES _________ NO______________ I plan to bring Iron in The Hat items YES__________ NO______________ I plan on camping at Fort Atkinson YES___________ NO______________ I can help with Friday set up YES__________ NO______________ I can help with Sunday tear down YES__________ NO______________ I plan on bringing a forge, anvil and tools YES__________ NO______________ I am interested in purchasing coal @ $20/50 pound bag number of bags requested _______________ LIABILITY WAIVER FOR CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP Participations Liability Waiver for Two Day PBA Conference and/or Two Day PBA Workshop, Septem- ber 28 – Oct 2, 2018. Included is a check for registration in the PBA Fall 2018 Conference and/or Work- shop. Please enroll me herein. I accept the rules and requirements necessary. I also understand the blacksmithing is a potentially dangerous activity and that Prairie Blacksmith Association, its Board of Directors, Members, or any demonstrators/instructors are not held liable or responsible for my per- sonal safety or well-being, or that of any minor children attending under my supervision. NAME (PRINT) _______________________________________________________________ SIGNATURE__________________________________________________________________ STREET__________________________________________________CITY____________________ STATE____________________________ZIP CODE________________PHONE____________________ This signed waiver is to be presented to the PBA Treasurer prior to attending the fall 2018 Conference and Workshop. Please include with paid registration.
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Fall Conference

PRAIRIE BLACKSMITHS ASSOCIATION 2018 FALL CONFERENCE September 28 – October 2, 2018 Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S 7th St. Fort Calhoun, Nebraska The 2018 annual Fall Conference and workshops for PBA will be held at the beautiful Fort Atkinson State Historical Park in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, just a short drive north of Omaha. Fort Atkinson was the first fort established west of the Missouri River on a site recommended by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Much of the fort has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. The Fort offers a large site for our conference, with a fully functional blacksmith’s shop, restrooms, and camping area (no electricity or water hookups). A daily or annual Nebraska State Park vehicle sticker will be neces- sary to enter the Historical Park. If you don’t already have a sticker, they will be available on site, or through Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) (outdoornebraska.gov) Daily stickers are $6 for Nebraska residents, $8 for nonresidents, and annual stickers are $31 for Nebraska residents, $46 for non-residents. Annual stickers allow entry into any NGPC operated park during the calendar year. DEMONSTRATOR: David Osmundsen of Arrowhead Forge will be the featured demonstrator for this year’s conference. David has been a blacksmith since 1976 and has served as an ABANA board mem- ber. Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30, David will be demonstrating furniture making with the related tools, techniques and processes. We can all watch, ask questions, and learn as David cre- ates an artistic and functional piece of home furniture. As with other conferences, there may be some open forge time evenings. On Monday and Tuesday, October 1 &2, David will again share his extensive blacksmithing knowledge by leading a two day hands on workshop featuring forging a belt axe and the tools and techniques to make the axe. Each student will be able to work with David and will go home with their completed belt axes and the tooling necessary to replicate them at home in their shops. Time permit- ting David will also demonstrate forging various garden tools. Attendees MUST have safety glasses and should bring their own hammers and tools, but PBA tools will be available for use – and you’ll go home with the tooling you make in the class! Cost for the two day conference, Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30, is $100, a lunch of locally produced cold cuts included. Early registration, due by 8/1/2018 is $90. One day attendance is $60. Attendees will be responsible for their own NGPC entry sticker. Please bring your own safety glasses as well as items you’ve forged to be put on display – and an item for the “Iron in The Hat” drawing! Costs for the two day workshop, Monday and Tuesday, October 1 & 2 is $180, lunch included, or $160 for early registration prior to 8/1/2018. There may be a slight material charge. For those arriving Friday to help with set up and hang around and talk blacksmithing, there will be a reception on Friday evening and open forge time. Reception dinner and beverage fees will be the re- sponsibility of attendees. Saturday evening there will be a dinner at the Fort featuring pulled pork with all the trimmings from THE CURE, Fort Calhoun’s excellent home of quality charcuterie, along with for-purchase Nebraska craft beers, as well as soda and other beverages. Dinner fee will be $18.00 LADIES TIME: We are working with TOO FAR NORTH, Fort Calhoun’s excellent wine, craft beer and gift shop to have a wine, cheese and sausage enjoying extravaganza Saturday mid-day for any and all inter- ested ladies. There will be a fee associated with this event. DAVID OSMUNDSEN - Biography In 1976 Osmundsen kindled his first forge fire in Colorado, learning blacksmithing from Slim Spurling in exchange for working in his shop. He then went on to teach at Skunk Hollow Forge School of Black- smithing in Morrison, Colorado for 12 months. In 1977 he was selected by The National Endowment for the Arts to create hand forged iron napkin rings for the United States Senate Wives Committee Luncheon held in the White House by First Lady Rosalyn Carter. Early in 1982, David was invited to be a resident artist for one month at the Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin. Throughout most of the1980’s David worked as a tool smith and operated Arrowhead Forge in Maine creating artistic ironwork and teaching classes in his shop. During the early 1990’s, David was employed as a gunsmith and custom shotgun maker for Bittersweet Gunsmithing and Kolar Arms in and around Racine, Wisconsin. In 1994 he moved to Buffalo, Wyoming and reopened Arrowhead Forge. David has made reproductions of 19th century tools, displayed at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington for the National Park Service and has created iron work that has been displayed at several galleries across the nation including The Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, The John Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin and The Craft and Folk Art Museum in California. For three years, 2004 through 2006 he was selected to exhibit his work of func- tional iron art at the Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyoming. He has accepted commissions from as far away as Australia and Africa. Since moving to Wyoming, David has been enjoying making his mark in the west by creating gates, rail- ings, pot racks, fireplace tools, fire screens, cabinet hardware and business signs for people who appre- ciate forged iron art, and sharing this art form with the public through demonstrations and workshops. "My goal is not to duplicate nature but to borrow designs from the environment and create functional iron objects using those designs." Historic Location - David Osmundsen lives in a small town, Buffalo Wyoming at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. His 1890’s home was originally owned by a blacksmithing family and his shop, next to the house, was built on the site where they did some of their work shoeing horses and repairing carriages. Visitors are welcome but as Osmundsen works alone, the sign on the door reads, “OPEN BY CHANCE OR APPOINTMENT”
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2018 Spring Confrence

Spring Conference   June 2nd & 3rd

​The spring conference for the Prairie Blacksmith Association will be held at the Camp Creek Thresher’s grounds two miles east of Waverly Nebraska(17402 Bluff rd.) on June 2nd and 3rd 2018. Open to the Public, all members are encouraged to attend. This is a hands on conference. Bring your equipment if you can, or bring your hammer, and someone will share a forge and anvil with you. There will be a Tailgate Flea Market . Contact Bruce Fells 402-540-4585 Tentative Schedule

June 2

9 am​Bar horseshoe,    ​​​​Ian Bevington 10 am​ Start steel tire heating,  ​​​Art Push 10:30 am Chain Tongs,                ​​​​Vern Grashorn 12 am ​Approximate time to set tire (or when ready) 12:30 ​Lunch 1 pm​ Basket demo ​​​​​Wayne Lenhart 1:30 pm  Finish tongs 3 pm​   Iron in the Hat Auction followed by​​BoardMeeting June 3 8 am ​Church 9 pm ​Chain Welding ​​​​​Matt O’Callaghan, Jim Vidlak 12:00​ Lunch 1 pm​Knife forged from rasp​​​​Dan Brockman
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Merwin Grafton

Greetings from the Prairie Blacksmith Association We wanted to inform you that one of the charter members of the PBA, Merwin Grafton of Lebanon NE, entered eternity on Wednesday May 16, 2018. Merwin was a welder and blacksmith all of his life. He spent summers in Nebraska and Kansas teaching and demonstrating the art that was passed down to him from his father and grandfather. His funeral will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon NE on May 23rd at 10:30 am. Memorials may be left to the Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Friends may leave on-line condolences and read Merwin's obituary at herrmannfh.com.

Sincerely, Mark and Candy, editors Ring your anvil one last time for Merwin Grafton
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Fairburu May hammer in

Dan Stanton sent this message. We will not have a hammer in for the fairbury area in may. We will be at steel city shop for historical society living history this week end, may 5 & 6, 10 to 3. Also at living history at York may 26.
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