We had a good turn out for the September meeting.
It was a combination meeting and demonstration at the Maynard, AR Pioneer Days Festival. We were asked to come and demonstrate traditional blacksmithing as it would have been performed in the 1800’s.
We had 11 members and one guest. Members present were Eddie Mullins, Jim Soehlman, Angie Figueroa, Brad Ussery, Mike DeLoache, Dusty Elliott, John Johnson, Jimmie Barnes, Aldon Philpot, Dan Davis, Rebecca Soehlman. Richard Slayton was our guest.
We were set up and fired up by 9:00 a.m. and stayed active most of the time until 4:00 p.m.
We made wall hooks, nails, flint strikers, tomahawks, meat hooks, “S” hooks and leaves to demonstrate how blacksmithing is learned.
Lots of on lookers came by to talk and look. Some teased us with being in possession of 25# Little Giants…etc.
One fellow bought two bags of coal and said he would be joining us in the near future.
It was a great day for enjoying friends, meeting new people and forging.
October, November and December meeting are as scheduled in last news letter.
Jim Soehlman—NEACBOA Secretary