This weekend is the April Meeting. You can check the calendar of event on this forum for our meetings. The calendar is open for anyone anywhere to post a blacksmith event. Please use it.This meeting will be a bit more organized.. Topics for discussion will be open to the followingIntroductions: 1. Name 2. Special skills outside of the forge 3. Something about yourself and what would like to accomplish with the group.Business: 1. Name of our group. Looking for suggestions. 2. Shop organizations, layout and operation. I have several to present or you can bring interesting plans you have or have seen. 3. Our shop needs and want list. 4. Safety... I will present the circle of shame. It's a light hearted way to call attention to breaking cardinal rules. Should be fun. 5. Shop clean up and maintenance. We need a few things moved.... 6. Our group is unique in the fact we will have public spectators at our meetings, as well as shows to demonstrate at through out the year. We will put together an outline of objectives.Forge talk and work: We are here to forge after all. This will need to be organized so everyone has time to do and learn. I mentioned in the last meeting that we will want to monetize the operation so that we can meet the needs of materials and supplies. To do this I will be presenting projects that everyone can help create at the forge and at the same time build and improve personal skill sets. These projects will then be sold at our demonstration at shows. The goal is for each individual to be comfortable enough make the project and duplicated several times with a general uniformity. I'll post a few hooks from the PABA newsletter tomorrow. There will be something for everyone. I will also be posting the material needed. I will pickup steel from the local metal supply. I'll divide it into two foot sections and sale it accordingly to cover the cost of the steel.From there we can discuss and or plan other projects members desire to make. Depending on the number attending we may need to add a few forges to our meetings as we go.Much More....Bring 1" by 1/4" by 24 or so inches if you have some. I will pick up some Friday from the supply house.
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