The Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) met on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the forge of Thurston Fox, in Mayflower, Arkansas.
The demonstration was a combination of “how to make a basket twist” and “how not to weld”. Fortunately only one of the pre-welded twisting blanks broke, and we had some spares. Everyone got a chance to try their hand at making a basket twist, and every single one turned out better than the demonstrator’s. To add insult to injury, at only his second meeting with us, Tim Huddleston turned out a perfect basket twist in just two heats – one for twisting and one for un-twisting, and the result didn’t need a single tweak with pliers at the end. Tim is no longer welcome at our forge! (just kidding – Tim has ninja welding skills, and I’m going to need some help making a coal forge soon. Tim is therefore my favorite member at the moment!) Tim’s son Layne also showed up all of us “seasoned” blacksmiths. After lunch, they turned their twists into a coal rake and a poker for their own coal forge. Great job!
Thanks also to Tim for taking these great pictures. Like I said – an artist. I do think there may be a problem with his camera, though. All of us look really wide. I think he may have had the macro lens on.
While eating lunch (chili, hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Jane Fox), we had a lively discussion of the chemistry of rust, the economics of repairing an anvil, and the physics of iron formation in the heart of a star. Come to CACBOA meetings and get a free education!
During the business meeting, we discussed with anticipation the upcoming Nathan Robertson hammer class, the recent changes to the BOA web page, and the possibility of having a long-term project dedicated toward walking us through the creation of the ABANA grill.
The trade item this month was “a gender-appropriate gift for your significant other”. We had a heart hook, three roses, and a snail. The snail was very nice, but it does beg the question whether we should have said “a species-appropriate gift…”
Our next meeting will be at the forge of Herman Ginger (who is not a dentist) in Pine Bluff. The trade item will be a pair of tongs. The demonstration will be on forge welding or whatever Herman needs help getting done in his shop…