Sat12Apr20149 to 3Thurston Fox's Shop
April meeting moved to second Saturday because of Tried Iron show on third Saturday.
The April 2014 meeting of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas will be held Saturday, April 12th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM at the forge of Thurston Fox, located at 53 Brannon Landing Road, Conway, AR 72032.
- Get on Interstate 40, and go to the Mayflower exit (exit 135) between Little Rock and Conway.
- If you are coming from Little Rock, cross over the interstate.
- Turn right at the light onto 365, which runs alongside the freeway towards Conway.
- Stay on 365 for about three miles. Brannon Landing will be on your right. Just before you get there, you’ll see Linn’s gas station on your left, then you’ll cross part of Lake Conway. Brannon Landing is just after you cross the water. There appear to be two blacktop roads. The first is a driveway, the second is Brannon Landing.
- Take Brannon Landing back over the freeway, and turn left at the stop sign. 53 Brannon Landing will be on your left. You can’t miss it. There’s a white picket fence around the back yard. The forge is out back under an open-sided metal-roofed carport.
If you get lost, give us a call. My cell is (501) 993-4229 The trade item is “something gender-appropriate for your significant other”. My daughters are always asking me to make them something, and I'm fresh out of ideas. Help a brother out!
Sat19Apr20149 to 3Tried Iron Club GroundsMonthly meeting moved to 3rd Saturday for Tried Iron Tractor Club spring show. The Trade item is "make something".
Sat26Apr2014Sun27Apr20149:00 amRichard Ross' Shop
Nathan Robertson's Hammer class will be Saturday & Sunday April 26th and 27th. Cost for the hand hammer class (Day 1) will be $75. The cost for the sledge hammer class (Day 2) will be $100. You have to attend the first day to attend the second day. Nathan will be set up to forge different hammer styles, I have let him know we have a lot of interest in rounding hammers. The class will take place at the Elbow Bend Forge of Richard Ross in Flippin, AR. Please email me if you have questions on directions - email@example.com. Also, please send me your class payment prior to the day of the class - PO Box 1571, Harrison, AR 72602.
We would like to have a class of 10.
Sat03May2014Mount Judea, AR
Ron Wells will be demonstrating and representing BOA at the Mount Judea Heritage Day Festival on May 3rd. For more information contact Ron.
Sat10May20149:00 to 3:00Ron Well's Shop
The trade item is a 3/4 inch wrench, box, open or combination.
DIRECTIONS TO RON & BERTIE'S HOUSE
HCR 32, Box 141
Mount Judea, AR 72655
FROM THE SOUTH
From 7 turn right on 123 at Lurton.
Continue to Tarleton Cemetery and Lake on left. Turn right on Forest Service Road 1200. The road turns to gravel shortly. Continue for about 8 miles on gravel road to our house. Stay to the left.
It is a modern grey house on the left about half way down the mountain.
FROM THE NORTH
From Yellville take 14 a short distance, turn right onto 235. A short distance past Bruno, 235 turns left, stay on 235, turn right onto 65, continue to Western Grove.
From Harrison and points further east, take 123 at Western Grove to Mt Judea.
From Marble and points further west, take 412 to 21 to 43 to 74 to Mt Judea. At Mt Judea, take 74 on to Bass. It is about 7 miles from Mt Judea to the end of the pavement at Bass. You are now about 3 miles from our house. This road, in places, is rough, narrow, crooked, and steep, so reduce speed and count on about 10 minutes for the 3 miles. Watch for the 3 houses with the faded white board fences. Just past this point you will cross a small concrete slab. Very shortly turn left over a low water bridge. Continue until you come to an old house on the right and a mobile home with a tin roof built over it on the left. Stay on the main road which bears right and starts up the mountain. After some sharp curves you come to our house on the right.
Sat17May20149:00 amHerman Ginger's ShopThe May Meeting for the Central Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas will be at Herman Ginger's shop, 3901 Divoky Rd, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. The trade item is a pair of tongs. There will be a demonstration on Forge Welding.
From the 530 bypass take exit 42 and go south on Hazel Street to Middle Warren Road. Follow Middle Warren approximately 1/4 mile to Divoky Road. Turn right and go one mile to a dog leg left then back right. 3901 is the second driveway on the right.
Sat07Jun201411:00 amJim Soehlman's shop
The NEAC chapter will meet at Jim Soehlmans shop on Saturday, June 7th. His address is
462 Greene 731 Road
Jonesboro, AR 72401
He is one mile north of the Lake Frierson entrance, then right (east) on 731 for 1/2 mile. His house is on the right side of the road.
The meeting will be from 8 till 3 with a pot luck for lunch. I have sold my house so we will have to meet at other locations for the near future. Hope to see you there!
Glenn Owen - NEAC steward
The June meeting of the Northwest chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (BOA) will be held on June 14th (Second Saturday) at:
5772 Hwy 65 S
Harrison, AR 72601
You can find us just about 6 miles south of Harrison AR at 5772 Hwy 65 S.
If you're coming south out of Harrison, we'll be on your right hand side, but if you're coming north on Hwy 65, we'll be on your left. Either way we're not hard to find. There's a big steam train and some tractors sitting in our front yard.
The trade item is a utensil for a BBQ grill - a spatula, fork, meat flipper, or grill tongs. The trade item is a single utensil, not a set of utensils.
Sat21Jun20149:00am-3:00pmGarrett Sheek's forge (Stuttgart)
The next central Arkansas Chapter meeting will be at the forge of Garrett Sheeks, on Saturday June 21st.
2050 Hwy 130 E
Stuttgart, AR 72160
From Little Rock 440 East towards LR airport over the bridge. Take exit 7 to US 165 south / England Rode to Scott, Keo, and England.
Take a left in England to stay on US 165 South /East Fordyce St. follow US 165 South though Coy, Allport, and Humnoke.
Soon after passing the Arkansas county sign you will start to see the Riceland and producers mills on your right. When you come to the four way stop and the Stuttgart welcome sigh keep straight with the mills on your right. The road will curve south to the mills.
Go over the overpass on to South Park Ave. When you reach the red light turn left on to 130 east for about 2.5 miles out of Stuttgart there will a few homes one will have a sign K-9 kennels, Garrett’s house is the next one on the right with two houses and two shops. Look for the orange anvil sign for the drive way.
The “trade” item will not be an actual trade. Instead, Garrett asks that we bring some bit of kit for the CACBOA travel anvil. We need tools for a 3/4 inch hardy, a nail header, a holdfast, etc.
Sat12Jul20149:00 amRobert Meuser's Shop
The Northwest Chapter meeting will be held at Robert Meuser's Shop at 116 Crawford Dr, Mountain Home, AR, 72653 on July 12th.
If you are coming from the West going East on hwy 62, do the following:
Go East past Wal-Mart on 62 heading out toward Henderson. Going east, look for Old Chi Mill (a tavern) which is on your left. Our road is the second left after you pass Old Chi Mill, which will be Crawford Drive. You will see a Dollar General Store on you right just before you turn left. Turn left right across form the store onto Crawford Dr. and go about 400 feet and you will see a green house with white trim on your left. That is our house, and you have arrived at 116 Crawford Dr.
If you are coming from the East going West on hwy.62, do the following:
From Henderson, Norfork Lake Bridge, going west on 62, do the following. Continue on 62 until you come to the Dollar General Store on your left, a few feet before that make a right hand turn on Crawford Dr. Go the same 400 feet or so and there you will be at our green house/white trim.
If there are any questions call us at 615-1165 (my cell) or 404-2696 (Jean’s cell)
There is bench seating for 20 people available in the picnic area, but if you want to bring a lawn chair feel free to do so for around the metal shop area.
Trade Item: Lawn Ornament for outdoor use.
Sat19Jul20149:30 amUALR Applied Arts Studio
Directions: From I-40 East headed from Conway to Little Rock. Go 20.4 mi. On I-40 East Merge onto I-430 S via Exit 147 toward Texarkana. Go 6.2 mi. Merge onto I-630 E via Exit 6 toward Baptist Health/University Avenue, Go 3.6 mi. Take the University Avenue exit, EXIT 5. Merge onto S. University Ave. Go 1.0 mi. Turn Left into parking lot for Big Lots. Applied Arts Studio is about half way down. Please park in the big lot in front. If you get to Harbor Freight you have gone too far. If you get to Asher Ave./COL Glenn Rd. Turn left and look left. Phone 501-416-1819.
Sat09Aug20149:00 amOzark Folk Center
The August 2014 meeting for the Northwest Chapter will be held at the Ozark Folk Center, 1032 Park Ave, Mountain View, AR 72560.
Trade Item: Dinner Bell
Sat01Nov2014Time TBD801 Locust St, Conway, AR 72034
The Blacksmiths of Arkansas (BOA) have been invited to demonstrate at the 2014 Faulkner County Museum Open House on Saturday, November 1st. The Open House will have several other exhibits and demonstrators, all representing the territorial and early statehood period of Arkansas (1825-1875). The Central Arkansas Chapter (CACBOA) will be coordinating and providing anvil and forge. Details will be announced as the event draws closer. Those interested in assisting, contact Robert Fox.
This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of Blacksmithing and to attract new members.
Sat20Dec201412:00 pmHerman Ginger's Home - Pine Bluff
The December meeting of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas (CACBOA) will be held at Herman Ginger's house in Pine Bluff on the third Saturday of the month (the 20th). This will be our annual central chapter Christmas party, so, rather than the usual 9:00am-3:00pm, the meeting will be held from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. You are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift of something you forged, which will take the place of our usual trade item.
3901 Divoky Rd., Pine Bluff, AR, 71603 (see map and turn-by-turn directions below)Map to Herman Ginger's.
From the 530 bypass take exit 42 and go south on Hazel St to Middle Warren Road. Follow Middle Warren approximately 1/4 mile to Divoky Road. Turn right and go one mile to a dog leg left then back right. 3901 is the second driveway on the right.