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Guide for manufacturing charcoal

Bob Patrick sent this in a while back, along with saying it was noteworthy and should be shared.  So here is the share! While the scale of this article is pretty large, the theory is sound and scales down if needed.  Just think…  almost no clinkers.. WOW!       …

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April 2015 Northwest Chapter BOA Meeting

The Northwest Area BOA April meeting took place at Tired Iron, in Gentry. Ron Wells played chauffeur to Tom Bates, Harold Enlow, and yours truly. Ron brought along his repurposed Ford truck bed trailer loaded with the accoutrements necessary for a BOA demonstration. Tired Iron was rather soggy, having endured …

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April 2015 Central Chapter BOA Meeting

The April, 2015 meeting of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) met at the forge of Dale Custer in West Little Rock. We had nine members in attendance, plus our hard-working intern and two guests. In the morning, Dale trapped a couple members into helping …

March 2015 Northeast Chapter BOA Meeting

We had our March meeting on the 7th at Lloyd Clayton’s shop. There were 9 in attendance: Lloyd Clayton and his wife, Tera, Dusty Elliot, Jimmie Barnes, Jacob Kirby (Lloyd’s apprentice) Eddie Mullins, John Johnson, Adrian Hancock and Jim Soehlman. We had good participation in the spoon trade item and …

February 2015 Northwest Chapter BOA Meeting

The Northwest Area BOA February meeting was hosted by Richard and Carol Ross. Ron Wells’ trusty GPS took us straight to the Ross home, where Richard’s nicely equipped shop was already packed with eager smiths. We smiths must be living right, because we were again graced with warm and sunny …

February 2015 Northeast Chapter BOA Meeting

We had 13 members and guests come to the February meeting. The guests were: Herb Higgenbottom and Lloyd Clayton (guests of Danny Robb), Matt Quinn and Matt Roemer (guests of Jim Soehlman). Lloyd Clayton joined and Raymond Lylery had previously joined and also attended the meeting. Members present were Eddie …