Our August meeting was held at the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View, AR .We had a good turnout and quite a few visitors, including some new/prospective members. The center has a nice rustic blacksmith shop that is open to the public and the staff at the State Park were very pleasant and helpful. . We met several potential members and passed out several application forms. Two of the visitors, Pat Thompson and Tom Weir, joined BOA and bought coal. The members and families enjoyed seeing the many crafts and activities of the center.
One of our members, Cheryl Miskell has only been a member for about 3 months. As I recall she joined at Rusty Wheels and this was only her second meeting. She’s the lady in the white blouse. She has few tools to work with and brought a set of horseshoe clippers with her to see if someone could help her make them into a set of usable tongs.
In his usual fashion, Bob Patrick came to the rescue and he guided her through the process, resulting in a nice pair of flat jaw tongs to further her blacksmithing endeavors.
After lunch at the food vendors on the grounds, Ron Wells held a business meeting attended by eighteen members.
The group expressed sincere appreciation to Linda and Keith Heffelfinger for making the arrangements with the Ozark Folk Center for the meeting.
Bob Patrick gave a report on the smelting project that he and Dale Custer are setting up for this fall. More information will be coming soon as more details are worked out.
We had a general discussion about the newsletter and praised Robert Fox for the job he is doing as editor and appreciation was shown for the job that Mike and Peggy Williamson did in the past.
Finally, we discussed future meting locations, demonstrations, and the upcoming election of BOA officers in the October meeting.