May 2015 Northeast Chapter BOA Meeting

We held our meeting as scheduled at Lloyd Clayton’s shop on May 2, 2015 from 8 am until 3 pm. Our trade item was a three pronged fork. There were three attempts and two that were successful. Some days you can forge and some days you should read about forging I’m thinking.
There were 14 people in attendance. Lloyd Clayton, Tera Clayton (that had an awesome spread again for lunch), Eddie Mullins, Raymond Lyerly, Jimmie Barnes, Cody Barnes, Matt Quinn, Courtney Quinn, Braelyn Quinn, Dusty Elliot, Tracie and Terry Taylor (Tera’s parents), Rebecca Slayton-Soehlman and Jim Soehlman.

At our business meeting we talked about the Crowley’s Ridge demonstration. A few things have changed regarding the demo. Crowley’s Ridge has agreed not to charge us for a site on the stipulation that we do not sell any forged items in the park. We agreed to that. It wasn’t possible to have the demo on a regular meeting date, so we are going to have the demo on June 20th. Eddie made contact with Ron for coal to be delivered to Jim’s shop. Jimmie Barnes volunteered to host a meeting in September in conjunction with his sorghum harvest so we can see and participate in sorghum cooking….more details to follow on that. Courtney Quinn suggested that there was a professor at ASU that may be interested in BOA. Eddie is building the frame for the second sign.

Coal has arrived.
We aren’t as focused as some of the chapters seem to be in their direction, but we discuss what we would like to learn and seem to come together to share knowledge at each meeting learning and teaching what we know. We are enjoying the group and learning so I feel we are moving in the right direction. We would welcome visits from other chapters.
There has been a change in the plans for meeting date in June. The last Voice said meeting will be held at Crowley’s Ridge State Park. That has changed! The June meeting will be at Jim Soehlman’s shop instead (see sidebar).
The Crowley’s Ridge State Park demonstration will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Wolcott, AR. (north on Hwy 168, approximately 5 miles north of Jim’s shop), from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The park interpreter ask if we could make things that would have been used by early settlers on the “Ridge”
The first Saturday in July is the 4th, so our July meeting will be held on the second Saturday instead—July 11th. We will start at 8:00 am. End time will depend on the heat. The trade item is a striker for flint. Any volunteer’s to start a fire with their flint and steel?

Jim Soehlman—NEACBOA Secretary

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