BLACKSMITHS OF ARKANSAS
July 12, 2014
Thanks to Rob and Jean Meuser for hosting this meeting. We were under the shade trees in the yard with two forges going. Rob cooked hotdogs over a wood fire which we enjoyed.
Ron said there were 15 members present plus a friend of Rob’s who was one of the many Bobs that were there. Richard and Carol Ross had their granddaughter, Corie, with them. A couple of guys had their wives along . With our family plan membership I guess the wives and Corie were members as well.
Dale Custer did a good job holding the meeting after lunch. Most interesting to me was talk about making our own metal from rocks which contain iron. Dale had some pieces of the rock with him which were found at the location near Hot Springs. The rock is called magnetite.
Bob Partee was present and demonstrated making a hoof pick from part of an old horse shoe. The handle has a horse’s head on it. Bob is a former member from back in 1639 AD. He has renewed his membership. Whoops, I actually put my birth year in there. Sorry, Bob.
The August 9th meeting is planned for the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View. The trade item is a dinner bell. I’m guessing that would be one of those old triangular jobbies. Linda and Keith Heffelfinger live at Timbo, which is near Mountain View, and they promised to pay the Folk Center a visit to talk over the details.
Bob Lock said that The Wonders of Wildlife camp for kids needs a couple of volunteers to teach blacksmithing. He, Ron Wells, and Drew Janes have been doing this for 2 years and need a break. Call Bob for the details, if interested.
Richard and Carol Ross said they will host the February meeting. Clyde Foster said he would host the December meeting.
I hope you all will enjoy the August meeting. I have to work so can’t be there in August.