All club demo or hands-on meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month.
Old Dominion Black Smith Association
Established November 2005
"One of the primary reasons Old Dominion Blacksmith Association exist is to bring more people into this historic craft of Blacksmithing." Bobby Floyd (Founder ODBSA)
On this page you will find:
Who Are Our Members
College students, high school students, engineers (of all kinds), machinists, welders, farmers, building contractors, school teachers, college professors, retired military, active military, clerks, laborers, carpenters, professional blacksmiths, game warren, computer professionals, social workers, purchasers, electric co employees, salesmen, doctors (1 general practice & 1 retired surgeon), buyers, managers, owners of different kinds of businesses, supervisors, firefighter, railroad worker, unemployed, manufacture workers, accountants, gas company employee, insurance sales, artists, farriers, postal workers, domestic engineers, few on disability, telephone co. employees and 3 attorneys (two of the last 4 new members have law degrees). The largest single groups are engineers and business owners.
ODBSA Members Classifications:
Novice: (less than 10 hours blacksmith)
Apprentice: ( 1-10 hours) some blacksmithing skills
Journeyman: (greater than 10 hours) a lot of blacksmithing skills
Master: most blacksmithing skills and /or profession is Blacksmithing.
Protocol for ODBSA members/guests at of our events:
First thing, when you arrive please go to the sign in table and register with our administrator.
When you and your guest sign-in you are not only signing a waiver of liability but it lets us know who is there and if your intentions are to attend the next event. You will be given a name tag. An admission fee, will be collected at this time.
At the sign-in table you can also purchase ODBSA hats, and t-shirts all of which are offered at ODBSA cost.
If we have a 50/50 raffle, you can get your tickets there $1 per ticket, drawing held after lunch.
Annual Iron In The Hat
When we have our Iron-In-The-Hat raffle, usually in September, go to our Iron In The Hat drop off table and
give him/her your item/items that you want to donate. He/she will prepare a card that describes the item/items that you donated and place a cup (for the raffle tickets) next to your items/item.You can now purchase some tickets (for those that do not donate an item you must donate $15 and buy $15 of tickets. Everyone is required to buy $15 of tickets. Those wanting to buy more raffle tickets later on can come back after lunch and do so. ODBSA definitely encourages you to donate your personally made hand-forged item/items to the Iron-in the Hat. The drawing for the items will follow the demonstration, so get your tickets before the raffle begins.
After this you can wander over to our Library to see the VP in charge of the Library and check out a DVD or book. Remember that VP in charge of the Library wants them back no later that 3 months. You can also visit the Library table after lunch and at the end of the event.
Now you can relax, get your coffee and pastries that's offered at each event. Yes, we do have a donation jar and the proceeds go to the person providing these refreshment. All events start on time at 10:00 a.m. We ask that you try not to be late because this disrupts everything including the demonstrator. If you happen to be late: you must sign-in yourself, get your own name tag. All the officers handling these tables want to see the demonstrator. We normally have lunch at 12:00 pm. If our host provides lunch, there will be a $10 charge. After lunch you will be given more time to purchase raffle tickets (if we have a raffle) and check things out of the library.
After everyone has finished buying tickets (50/50) and checking things out of the library, (this is somewhat flexible but usually starts a little after 1pm and it lasts about 5 minutes and then the demonstrator starts again). All demonstrators are asked to continue until at least 3 pm. At most of our events they will continue on well after that. In fact at some events they did not finish until 5 pm. At the end of the demonstration we sometimes auction off some of the items that the demonstrator has made during the day or items from previous demonstrations.
There are three things that we ask of members/guests. Arrive early and if you have a conversation with someone else while the demonstration is going on make sure this does not disturb the demonstrator and enjoy “your” day.
Glasses or goggles must be worn, especially, if the demonstrator is working with welding heat. Goggles are provided by ODBSA.
Why let me know if you are planning on attending an Event
1. If lunch and/or refreshments are provided, our host always needs to know how much food, drinks etc to prepare for us.
2. If we cancel an Event (bad weather, sickness etc), I can notify you of cancellation by telephone or e-mail the day before.
3. The people that tailgate like to come when we have larger attendance and they have asked me to let them know when this is happening and they will try to come.
4. Every host, even the ones not providing food, etc, always want to know how many to expect and I like to tell them at least by Thursday before the event on Saturday.
5. If we plan hands-on training, we can plan ahead.
6. If we have hands-on public demonstrations, we can plan ahead.
7. You can always attend an event if you did not tell me but as you can see it’s much better for everyone if you do tell me ahead of time.
8. Remember the sooner you let me know the better it is for everyone.
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