The NEA Chapter met at Jim Soehlman’s shop in December. I would like to thank Jim for
allowing the members to use his shop while he was out of town and for still providing a
delicious ham for lunch. I’d also like to thank the other members that brought food for the
We had a good turn out for the meeting with a number of items forged. Present at the
meeting were Larry Ford, Wes Ford, Lloyd Clayton, Spiro Spanos, Mike Deloache, Brad
Ussery, Dusty Elliot, Bryan Carter, Jade Carter and Eddie Mullins.
I demonstrated one method for forging a carving fork for Wes, and Lloyd Clayton forged a tomahawk from a rasp and demonstrated forging a billet with multiple pieces of layered steel. I also got to light the first fire in Larry’s newly built forge, and Spiro got the honor being the first to use it. It is a
nicely made portable forge on wheels. I believe he and Wes are going to make more nice
modifications to it. I can’t wait to see it when they get done.
Bryan and Kade worked on forging leaves and I believe Dusty forged a Steak Turner.
The January meeting will be on the 9th at Lloyd Clayton’s shop and the February meeting
will be held at Jim’s shop again on the 6th. We are currently hoping to have Ron deliver coal
to the February meeting. We always look forward to his visits and really appreciate the
service he is providing to the club.
As this will come out after the new year I would like to wish you all a belated Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year!
Eddie Mullins—NEACBOA Steward