June 9
Otter Hill Forge
Jerry Darnell Demonstrating
We had a great turn out Saturday, had 33 people sign in.  WE hadn't had a free meeting this year so with the free lunch provided by Mrs LT, I made the meeting free. 

The weather turned out nice for most of the day. Jerry mad a 1800's door latch in the morning and two door hinges that after noon. We want to thank Jerry for coming up  to demonstrate and his driver for bring him. 

Want to thank LT, Mrs LT and family for lunch and have the meeting there. It take a lot or work putting on a meeting and lunch. Although LT doesn't have to clean up as much as some:) Thanks.

50/50 was good. We sold 130 tickets. Tom Wenrich won $65.00

We auction off the latch at noon and Jay Hatfield won that at $140.00
That evening, we auction off the hinges, Peggy Hudson won that at $80.00

 The Latch, Jay Hatfield and Jerry

The Hinges, TW Hudson and Jerry

Old Dominion Blacksmith Association
Photo of Dale Morse at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing      
                       Serving South Central and Western Viriginia Blacksmiths     

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    September 12, 2018
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Next Meeting 
Floyd Center For The Arts
October 13, 2018

This will be a hands on forge meeting at the forge at the Floyd Center For The Arts. Our demonstrator will Gerald Boggs, showing us how to make Tongs. You will leave with at least one pair of tongs. The meeting will start at 10:00 AM and go till 3 or 4. Be there early to sign.
This event will cost $20.00 to cover the demonstrator and material.
No lunch will be provided. Go into town or brown bag it. 
 More to come:
Let me know if plan to attend.
Jay Hatfield
LT Skinnell
Brad Lewis
Ken Pritchell

Long Island, Va.
Had a good day at Bobby's, Plantation Forge. The weather held out with no rain and wasn't to hot. Had 66 items on the Iron in the Hat, from a cowboy hat, to a bean flip. I want to thank everyone for coming and supporting the group. And Sue And Robert for doing the cooking and everyone that brought something. No one went away hungry. We made enough to pay for the insurance and web page for another year. 

39 attended the meeting Saturday:

Lee Sauder and his HAND

See the ODBSA Facebook for more pictures

This will be our "IRON in the HAT" meeting for 2018. It will be at Bobby Floyd's, Plantation Forge, in Long Island. For directions, look on Schedule of Events 2018.

Demonstrator will be Lee Sauder's, demonstrating square corners and hands.

 I would like everyone that has a forge or access to a forge, to make at least one item for the Iron in the Hat Table. You have over a month. Please send me a picture and I will post it, so everyone can see what will be on the table, save money, and buy tickets:)

For the "IRON IN THE HAT" Everyone will need to bring an item or items worth $10 or more (Hand made forged items preferred) to put on the table and purchase at least $15 worth of tickets ($1 each). The meeting will start at 10:00 AM, but come early, so we can get you signed in. This year, the tickets will be different. When you sign in, your name tag will have a number on it. When you buy tickets, write the number on the tickets. This will save you from having to check the tickets for the numbers. 

LUNCH: Robert Minnix will make The fixings for lunch, World famous Ceder Rock Forge, Pull Pork, Bake Beans and Cold Slaw. There will be a little competition between Rob's Pull Pork Sauce and Lori's World Famous Falling River Forge Sauce. You be the judge. Lunch will $7.

Deserts & Stuff: We need some side dishes and deserts. If you are going to bring something, let me know. I will put the dish beside you name, so everyone will know and want bring to many of one thing. 

This year ODBSA will purchase a single burner, gas forge, from Hell's Forge, They will also be there to talk about their forges and answer any questions. 
Hell's Forge Single Burner

Food will be provided at this meet. $7

More to come as I get Pic's & Info.

Please let me know if you plan to attend:
1. Bobby Floyd  & Jocelyn HOST
2. LT Skinnell (Candle Holder & Cross)
3. Robert Minnix (Cooks Helper)
4. Sue Minnix (Head Cook)
5. Bradley Lewis.
6. Kenneth Prittchell
7. Randy Cox (2 copper pieces)
8. Bruce James
9. David Petty (Porch Pot Hooks)
10. Norman McKenzie (Horse Shoe Game & LT's angle vise clamp)  (ICE)
11. Lori McKenzie (Broccoli Salad,Jello Poke Cake) (Help at Iron IN The HAT) (ODBSA Glasses & Bucket)     12. TW Hudson
13. Peggy Hudson (10 pounds of potato salad and a couple cakes, one lemon one chocolate.)
14. Barbara Skinnell (Breakfast Stuff) (Help in Kitchen) 
15. Amanda Butler (Help with Iron in the Hat)
16. Robin Davies
17. Tom Loftus
18. William Loftus
19. Brain Loftus
20. Dave Tucciarone (Dog Wood Hook, 2 Hook Racks)
21. Louise Tucciarone (Cookies)
22. Bobby Moose (Cowboy Hat from 1/2 oz. Silver Coin)
23. Gale Moose (Deviled Eggs, Rolls) (Help in Kitchen)
24. Ryan Fields & son.
25. Gary Birkett (Tea & Lemon Aid)
26. Frank Pehrson (Wall Plant Hanger) 
27. Brain Moore (Fruit Bowl)
28. Jay Hatfield (Surprise)
29. Bobby Ricketts (Surprise)
30. Bill Mauser
31. Tom Wenrich (Cold Chisels)  Has 4" leg vises for sale on tail gate.
32. George Kutchman (Sling Shot From Rail Road Spike)
33. Marty Soyar
34. Berry Jones (Ugly Animal, Steel rod 4041)  (Brownies)

August 18 (3rd Saturday) 
Falling River Forge

I want to thank the guy's for coming. Berry for donating the springs for the steel and LT's for helping out. I think everyone made at least 2 chisels and a test one with mild steel. They made hot cut, slot punch and worked with a drift. 

LT's used Mark Aspery book Vol 1, demoing his style of  chisels and punches.

One thing to always keep in mind, as Mark stated many times at the ABANA Conf. 

1. Brad Lewis
2. Chuck Knoll
3. Kenneth Pritchett (New Member)
4. LT Skinnell
5. Norman McKenzie (Host)

Lt brought a vise clamp to hold the taper chisel or part in the vise. Worked great. Pic below.

Look on Facebook for more pic's.

Blacksmith demo at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, July 14, 2018. Falling River Forge. My Grand Dad's anvil in front, bought from Montgomery Wards around 1900.
                            May 12
Falling River Forge
We had a hot day at the forges, but made some cool stuff. 17 members showed up for the day. I want to thank Randy Cox, Jay Hatfield and Bobby Ricketts for bring their forges. LT Skinnell and all the guys for helping with both the beginners and other projects in the back
We had 6 beginners make hooks, do some twist and a coal rake. Had a little trouble lighting  the forges, but we made it.  
We want to thank the cook and helpers, Lori, Mandy Nicole, Aynslie and Levi for lunch. Everyone must have enjoyed it, because it got quiet for a little bit. Thanks again. 

The Group

The first time at the forges

April 14
Hammer In
Clifton Forge School of Art
Glenn Bryant
Had a nice day for the Hammer In at Glenn's place. Good turn out. Always fun to watch Randy Cox work with copper. He makes it look easy.

 A few ODBSA member showed up to the event. Iron in the Hat had some good treasures, added a few to my collection. 

John & Mickey Elliott from Black Smith Supply was there with truck load of goodies. Added one set of tongs to my collection. 

Only one tail gate'er was there. Sure was hoping there would be more

Here's a couple of pictures. Go to Facebook to a few more.

March, Sat. 10th, 2018
Fred Crist Studio
Waynesboro, Va

We had a cool day at Fred's, but everyone enjoyed it. We had 20 members show up. 

Fred did a joinery piece first made by Samuel Yellin's. After putting the two sets together (Pic below) they made a very nice piece. This was auctioned off, and the top bid was Kent Flowers. 

Next he forged a sculpture out of 1/2 x 3 mild steel. The chisel cuts were done with forge heat and power hammer. After the cuts, the bending was with a rose bud and some very large bending forks (48"). If you like me, you to vision what it will look like when it is finished, but that only in the eye of the artist. (Pic below) This was auction off and the top bid was Randy Cox. 

I want to thank everyone for showing up to the meeting, especially Mickey & John Elliott, Black Smith Supply, for coming out with a truck load of blacksmith tools. Thank You

Kent Flowers with Fred Crist

Randy Cox had high bid on Fred Crist's piece.


SunRise Forge, Rustburg

Click "HERE" for pictures of the meeting at Sunrise Forge

ODBSA Meeting group Picture at Sunrise Forge, February 2018

We had 18 members show up, with a couple of new one's. Welcome David Holder from Evington, and Robert Hudson, from Halifax. Here's a few pic's I took of the meeting. Bill Roy did a 3 part Stream at the meeting that you watch on our Facebook.

October 14, 2017
 MEETING AT Floyd, Va.
Floyd Center for the Arts
Gerald Boggs
We had 8 members make a HAWK with Gerald
Jay Hatfield
Chuck Knoll
Matt Hudley
Carter Hudley
Buddy Mehaffey
Robert Fetherston
Camelia Elliott
Jim Elliott

Brad Lewis Observed. 
One new member: Ben Newbill from Roanoke.

Click HERE  for more pictures on Photo Bucket

Gerald Boggs will be the demonstrator. We will be forging a tomahawk like the one in the picture. 

The cost will be $20.00 for the hands on, for members and $15.00 to observe for the day.

Tools needed if you have them

Tongs to hold 1/4" flat bar
gloves  (flux splatter)
something to hold flux (pie tin) Norman will bring a few.
Go to Gerald's website and make a set of eye tong for the hawk. Good practice.

Make sure you put you name or mark on your tools. We might have to share and I want everyone to get their tools back.


Falling River Forge Make-Over
Here's some Pis's of the new location of the forge. A little more room until I fill it up.

Smoking in the snow

Forge with Fire. Still allot of work to be done.

Grandson (8) forge two hooks for present for his teachers.

Heating it up

Last one he dropped and couldn't stop him before learned not to touch.

Two hooks complete

* Good day for ODBSA member David Leckrone from Appomattox, VA as he learned some basics of the historic crafts with hands-on Training from me at my shop. Another member Barry Jones just finished making him a forge. He has the training and equipment needed, now let's what he can do on his own.

* A cold but comfortable day in my Plantation Forge in Long Island, VA yesterday with Chuck Kroll from Roanoke, VA taking the Free Beginners class that I offer to any Old Dominion Blacksmith Association member that is prepared to practice what they learn A cold but comfortable day in my Plantation Forge in Long Island, VA yesterday with Chuck Knoll from Roanoke, VA taking the Free Beginners class that I offer to any Old Dominion Blacksmith Association member that is prepared to practice what they learn this day using either their own equipment or have access to a forge station. This class is NOT for anyone wanting to TRY this craft but for those members that that are serious by showing me that that they have already spent some money by purchasing some blacksmithing equipment. The entrance (9’ x 12’) to my shop is still open but working at the forge was comfortable but I spent most of my time about 15’ away next to the burning wood stove to keep warm.    Chuck arrived about 8:15am and we finished around 6:00pm.  Because Chuck had been practicing/experimenting on his rivet forge outside he had more knowledge that most that I have worked with. He learned very fast during the day and did very well. He is going to be a very good blacksmith if he has the time to practice.    A good day for both of us!!

**Who’s next to become a member of ODBSA Wizard Head Club?

Welcome 3 new ones: Ben, Zack and Rob Minnix !! And this brings the total of about 20 members who have hand-forged the Wizard Head bottle opener.

This a fun, not so easy project that requires more delicate/finesse/precise hand-forging than most of us are accustomed to.

I offered this class to the Minnix men at their place since they were not able to attend the one we had in Floyd VA in Oct. with Professional Blacksmith Gerald Boggs as our Instructor because they were trying to complete their new shop/studio for ODBSA Nov. Event with Master Blacksmith Elmer Roush..

Instead of using the blackboard that I brought there, we used Master Blacksmith Mark Aspery’s “The Skills of a Blacksmith Volume 1” book to see the step by step photos. This worked extremely well as you can tell by the photos of their “first” hand-forged Wizard Head bottle opener. It was a good day for ALL.

* Want to learn or try the art of blacksmithing in our area of VA? Three places near by that offer beginner classes: Jacksonville Center for the Art in Floyd, VA (about $100.00 for two days on certain weekends); Clifton Forge School of the Arts with professional blacksmith Glen Bryant (week nights) in Clifton Forge,VA; and the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing in Waynesboro, VA with Master Blacksmith Dale Morse (week and week-end classes).
If you are "serious" about learning this craft, then become a member of Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (free to join) and we offer a FREE one-on-one "all day" beginner class to learn some basics, IF you already have a forge station or access to one to practice on.
The Free class works!!The below photos are of member Robert Featherson at my shop learning some basic blacksmithing skills with me on Sat. 10/13. (8:00 am-5:30pm).

More photos of this day click "HERE"

* Thanks to the following two members
for agreeing to be additional officers for ODBSA!!!!
1. Assistant Administrator--- Daniel Matherly
2. Assistant Safety Officer--Jay Hatfield

* Reflections:

After almost 11 years ODBSA just had one of its best hands-on Events ever!!!  Every one of our twelve participating members had ample time to complete the project of the wizard head bottle opener and the entire hand-forged items looked extraordinary with different personalities presented. Some with high hats, short hats, eyes crossed, eyes not even, nose smashed, beards of different lengths, one side of beard missing and some burnt parts but all looked great!
Why so successful?
1.    The real desire of hobbyist blacksmiths to learn more.
2.    Working in pairs, helping each other.
3.    Enough time to help relieve the pressure to work fast.
4.    The main ingredient for success was having a great teacher!
Professional Blacksmith Gerald Boggs was our demonstrator/teacher and was exceptional this day for many reasons:
1.    Totally prepared: by having taken the time before to hand-forge all the tools necessary (chisels, eye socket punch, and eye punch) for each of the six forge stations along with bringing the material, brass brush and additional tongs.
2.    There are a whole lot of different parts to forge in this project and Gerald presented his demonstration in doing each in a precise, slow and easy to understand for all. Because there could possibly have been an overload of information he divided it half, the wizard head first and an hour or so later the bottle opener.
3.    Toward the end of the day and help to reinforce what one learned this day, he forged the complete project in 19 minutes for us while talking some.
Thanks Gerald, all that attended and a special thanks to the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd,
VA for letting us utilize your studio, tools, coal, etc.
To see 30 photos in Photobucket taken by me this day please click on the following:

ODBSA members/guests who did attend:
1. Gerald Boggs--------------------Instructor

2. Bobby Floyd----------------------Observer
3. Norman Mckenzie--------------P===morning start
4. Chris Rupe------------------------P===morning start
5. John Riddle-----------------------P===morning start
6. Matthew Hundley---------------P===morning start
7. Kenneth Scruggs---------------P===morning start
8. Joshua Horst---------------------P===morning start
9. Ross Patterson-----------------P===morning start
10 cancelled before
11. cancelled before
12. NO SHOW*********
13. Gary Hatmaker----------------Observer
14. James Gordon----------------  Observer
15. Jay Hatfield----------------------P===morning start
16. Daniel Matherly----------------P===morning start
17. Robert Fetherston------------P===morning start
18. Ralph Sites---------------------P===morning start

19. Robert Campbell--------------Observer from SC
20. Sam Knapp----------------------P====new member-James Gordon assisted him

All money receive was given to Gerlad $270.00. I will send the JAX a $100.00 from our checking account for the uses of their studio.

FYI: The wizard head bottle opener is one of Gerald's best selling hand-forge items at $39.00 each (Etsy). Over the years he had forged over 1,000 of them and he told me that he could hand-forge one in less than 20 minutes, if not talking.

* Just paid 9/28/2016:
1. ODBSA Liability Insurance $1,000,000 with the "Hartford" for one year=$506.00
2. ODBSA Web site and Domain Names with "Go Daddy" for two years=$281.46

* My three attempted facsimile
of Mark Aspery.and Gerald Boggs. Wizard Head Bottle opener last week.

* Bobby Ricketts photos (Photobucket) Sat. 9/10 with Kim Thomas click "HERE".

* "Playing with fire"
for most people is a negative statement but not so to a blacksmith.
     Ross Patterson a newer ODBSA member from Patrick Springs, VA who had already taken a weekend beginners class at the JAX spent a day with me on 9/24 banging on hot steel in the beginners class that I offer free to new members
     He did well on the normal first timers projects but in the afternoon, we decided to try something different because of a hands-on class in three weeks on making a wizard head bottle opener.
    This is not an easy project because all kinds of things can go wrong as you can tell by the burned up end of the opener when almost finished after over an hour on it. So, we forged another one. 

* To really improve your skill set
in this historic craft of blacksmithing, one needs to challenge yourself. Photo of ODBSA member Mike Johnson from around Blacksburg,VA and his new hand-forged historic goose wing trammel that he learned how to forge while attending June's Event with Master Blacksmith Jerry Darnell as our demonstrator. Extremely well done Mike. Congratulations!!

9 photos that I took on Sept. 10th---Click "HERE" to see!!

* Good looking group of blacksmiths!! Great photo Bobby Ricketts!!!

I recently finished this piece for a customer. They are adding stained glass to the arrowhead, feather, and little rings in center. Outside dia. Is 25 inches. Looking forward to seeing it with the stained glass.

Here's LT's Globe with the glass. Very Nice. 

Cedar Rock Forge
Nov. 2017

* Many, many thanks go out to Rob Minnix for:
1. For building his wonderful blacksmithing shop/studio way ahead of his schedule time so that we could have an ODBSA Event there last Sat. It took him about 3 months to build it in his spare time from his regular job and all the siding was from wood on his property that he just sawed up with his saw mill there. How many of you noticed that his forge blower was on the outside of shop/studio so that we could hear much better? New gravel on his road and parking lot and I loved the outhouse. Just cleaning up and picking up for one of these Events at one’s home place is a lot of work but especially true the first time.
2. For hosting this Event and providing the home made stew, hot dogs, refreshments and drinks for us to pig out on.
3. For having the highest bid at the auction of $165.00 for Elmer’s 10th Century Viking locks that he hand-forged this day!

Great way to end the year!! Thanks Rob!

Rob and Elmer Roush

Administrator Bruce James

Wendell at his Library

**Click "HERE" to see 25 photos that I took at Rob's ODBSA Nov. Event

                                                         One good looking group!!!!!!!
** Click "HERE" to see 49 photos that Bobby Ricketts took at Rob's ODBSA Nov. Event.                                                                            

Brad Lewis getting some coal at Bobby's

We still have coal. Let me know if you need some and I will set up a time.