The December meeting of Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) was held on Saturday, December 20th in Pine Bluff at the home of BOA member Herman Ginger.
This was our second annual CACBOA Christmas party. Instead of our usual 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, we met from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Suzanne prepared a Christmas feast, for which Herman attempted to take credit (we all knew better). There were twelve of us there, including four spouses and significant others. It was very pleasant to see the better halves of our members!
Dale Custer brought a copy of the Ore to Axe DVD, and we watched the sections on ore collection, ore preparation, building the furnace, firing the furnace, and extracting and dividing the bloom, pausing the video frequently to discuss and explain the various aspects of out upcoming ore roast and smelt.
The trade item this month was a forged gift, wrapped for trading. We opened them after supper and admired our handiwork. I was especially impressed by Dale’s new touchmark, which he had used on the top set cutting tool of his that I drew. The touchmark was a joint development effort between Dale and Harold Enlow.
In our brief business meeting, Dale talked about the proposal to form a new “River Valley” BOA chapter in the Fort Smith area, and about the proposal to sponsor a blacksmith internship program for UCA , both of which will go before the board on December 22nd.
In our usual meetings, we spend hours standing around the forge swapping stories, but the Christmas Party meeting is quite different. At this meeting, we sit around a table of food for hours swapping stories. Entirely different!
Thanks again to Herman, and especially to Suzanne for hosting what is now a firmly established CACBOA tradition!