The July meeting was held at “Forge on the Faultline”, Jim’s shop, July 11th, 8:00 am till 3:00 pm.
We had 11 people and two guests at the meeting.
Old members were; Eddie Mullins, Dusty Elliot, Raymond Lyerly, Rebecca Soehlman and Jim Soehlman.
New members were; Aldon Philpot, Dan Newton, Brad Ussery, Angie Figueroa, Larry Ford and Wes Ford. WOW, new members outnumbered old members.
Guests were Ron Wilkes and Nikki Wilkes.
I am so excited to see the new members that have joined. They are all full of energy to learn blacksmithing and contribute to our group. It’s our duty as older members to keep them on the anvils and advancing in their skills and I am seeing that happening too.
AWESOME meeting. Before the meeting day had ended, Larry and Wes had supplied two stumps for anvils to Eddie and Dusty. Wes said, ” The price of the stumps is – teach me blacksmithing.” Oh did I mention, he threw in some spikes to sweeten the deal, LOL. We had commitments for new hosts in up coming months.
Rebecca Soehlman provided lunch. A feast in my opinion, since I love smoked meat. We had smoked beef brisket, smoked pork loin, baked beans and all the trimmings.
At the meeting we discussed the need for some more coal and Eddie will contact Ron for when and how much. Also discussed was alternate hosts for monthly meetings. Eddie volunteered for the August meeting. Maynard Pioneer Days wants a blacksmith for a demonstration on Sept 19th. It was felt that two meetings in the same month was a little much, so that is still on the table for discussion.
Jim Soehlman—NEACBOA Secretary