The October meeting of the central Arkansas chapter of the blacksmith organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) was held on Saturday, October 17th at the forge of Thurston Fox in Mayflower, Arkansas.
We had eleven members present , along with several guests., including a neighbor who dropped by to see what all the excitement was. I think he saw all the cars and thought there was a party.
We started off the morning with a demonstration of the making of a dogwood flower (see project notes on next page).
I would like to say that the demonstration was well-received, but, to be honest, I think the members were seriously distracted by the trade item for the month—”your preferred weapon for the zombie apocalypse.” Ross and Gail’s two youngest boys (Albert was visiting an uncle) in particular were dying to use the trade items on the pumpkins Dale supplied.
It was a constant battle to keep said weapons from said boys. To be honest, I think some of our members were secretly with the boys on this one.
We had grilled burgers and hotdogs for lunch, followed by a quick business meeting.
After the meeting, we FINALLY released the hounds and demolished pumpkins. For enthusiasm, I think young Daniel Wilkinson must be awarded top honors, but for sheer precision and style, the judges unanimously gave the highest scores to Christian Shelton.
After that, we broke into some free forging. One member brought some knife blanks to heat treat, I had some assistance finishing a nail header. Thurston Fox demonstrated some leatherwork, and we forged some horseshoes into a more circular shape which he used to make some unique drink coasters.
Our next meeting is back at Tim’s on the third Saturday in November, but we have also borrowed the club trailer for our second year to participate in the Faulkner County Museum Open House on Saturday November 7th, from 10:00—4:00 in downtown Conway.
We hope any of you who find yourselves in that neck of the woods can drop by!.