This month’s meeting of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) was once again hosted at the forge of Tim Huddleston in Benton.
This was Tim’s third time to host in 2015, and he is already on the schedule for February of next year. If he keeps this up, some of us just need to move in. Is there a spare bedroom now that your oldest is off to college?
In the morning, I worked on a hand-crank drill (brace and bit set) I am trying to forge that is turning out to be more of a learning experience than a project.
Robert Thompson worked on a leaf bottle opener and Salauddin worked on an arrow for his heart project with help from Brandon.
We had ten members and three guests present, and Dale, as usual, helped our guests feel welcome and worked with them on a simple project.
Dale also demonstrated a “super quench” formula that he had mixed up. Tim and I had punched a hole in a mild steel plate to use as monkey tool to set a shoulder tenon on my brace. After hot punching the plate, we quenched it in Dale’s mixture. The steel actually screamed like a baby. Dale tried to score it with a chisel afterward, and was barely able to make a mark.
Debbie fixed some soup that, I kid you not, tasted just like the “Zuppa Toscana” from the Olive Garden, my favorite soup in the world. Really tasty. There is going to be some blood spilt before we decide which of us gets the spare bedroom.
In our business meeting, we discussed the CACBOA Christmas party next month, hosts for future meetings, recent demonstrations, the BOA trailer, T-Shirts, and the 2016 ABANA conference (which you will hear more about in upcoming months). BTW, the BOA trailer is parked at my house. Please let me know who gets it next so I can make arrangements for pickup or delivery.
Robert Fox, CACBOA Secretary