Hank Rearden
If anyone is interested I'll be meeting with the board of directors later this year about having club meeting at the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association blacksmith shop in Central PA. This is preliminary although they are interested in talking. The smith shop is old school and stands alone on the association grounds. This would be great to get people interested in a club who can't easily do at home otherwise. Contact me with any interest.

Below is the blacksmith shop. Hearth forge. Nice a primitive.

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The smitty has a hearth forge a large hand operated drill press and a hoge anvil. Tables on the left and right has items for sale made by the current smith working the forge on this day.


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News flash!

I received a phone call from one of the directors from the Williams Grove about discussing a blacksmith hammerin for 2016. I also plan on moving forward for creating an A.B.A.N.A chapter in Central PA. If meetings can be hosted on the grounds in Mechanicsburg.
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Hello everyone, Here's a link to the 2016 May 18th-21st spring Hammer-in. I do want to mention that westminster Maryland has their hammer-in scheduled the same weekend. Do If you can stop by to say hello that would be great. If you plan to participate you'll need to join the association at a cost of about 15 dollars. This helps cover any liability issues regarding insurance.
At this point it's just for fun and to help folks gather around creating an annual event. There is also the possibility of a fall show if there's enough interstrest and in can be safely incorporated into the larger event. Post here if you have any questions or suggestions.

More information http://www.wghsea.org/content/spring-tractor-and-steam-show
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Hello everyone. I just wanted to update you on the Williams Grove spring 2016 hammer-in. I will be in the blacksmith shop on Friday Saturday and Sunday I'm going over basic blacksmithing skills but it'll be the same each day doing the scroll-work twists tapering and basic demonstrations. If you're in the area stop by. If you have a portable kit and would like to participate please contact me. The first year it's going to be very simple very basic and hopefully it will go from there.
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Hello everyone. I just wanted to update you on the Williams Grove spring 2016 hammer-in. I will be in the blacksmith shop on Friday Saturday and Sunday I'm going over basic blacksmithing skills but it'll be the same each day doing the scroll-work twists tapering and basic demonstrations. If you're in the area stop by. If you have a portable kit and would like to participate please contact me. The first year it's going to be very simple very basic and hopefully it will go from there.
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I finished three days at Williams Grove as the blacksmith. Yes my arm is sore. However, it was well worth the pain. The rain kept the crowds at bay. That was a good thing for me since this was the first time doing demonstrating at a public event. David Einhorn stopped by on the first day and gave me a few pointers on working with the public. That was good thing too. Probably saved me from countless disasters. David stayed till early afternoon and also provided me with a signed copy of his book "Civil War Blacksmithing"

I had planned on making chain and flux spoons, instead I found people where intrigued with learning some of the basics. There were a lot of great questions and the small groups allowed for a lot of back in forth conversation. Ultimately I explained the parts of the fire. Drawing out metal forming scrolls and twist. Then controlling heat and re-twisting parts of the twist tighter.

The most novel thing was explaining the short time to forge weld the metal. By pulling iron from the forge at a forging heat then showing the metal cool with the dark spots as it went from a welding heat to being to cold to weld. Explaining the scarfs and why they help make a good weld. Don't worry I didn't forge weld. That was a no no with the general public because of splatter and yes there was a safety line to keep the folks back at a safe distance. That was some of the advice David shared with me along with plenty of other pointers.

Day two was the best day with active spectators as well as a few blacksmiths that showed up to watch the show. I was even challenged to tie a knot. Fun!

I worked with a 586 lbs. Peter Wright anvil and a hearth forge. I also took to many tools and to much metal. Forgot a chair to rest in. Overall it was a success in my book. I have permission to use the blacksmith shop as well as organize a blacksmith group at this point. So look for the announcements for meetings as I get plans together. Central PA will soon have a Blacksmith Group!!!!!

I'll post the few pics I have soon. The first two pictures are of a flux spoon that I forge welded. I folded the metal over on itself. On the one side you don't see the weld joint because it was forged out with both Metals joining on the other side the metal on top rolled over the metal on the bottom and you can see the line. The third picture is a hold tool and that work very well. I cut the end to hold round Rod so I could cut it on the anvil with a chisel. The two chain links represent a fresh and tired arm. The one was done first one to the left. The link on the right was done with a tired arm. You can see the difference in the Curve neither one of those are Forge welded. that did not happen when they were people there and the last is David Einhorn he stop by to give me a few pointers on setting up the demonstration for spectators. Click image for larger version - Name: 20160523_080441.jpg, Views: 11, Size: 2.14 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 20160523_080423.jpg, Views: 11, Size: 1.77 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 20160521_091306.jpg, Views: 11, Size: 1.70 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 20160523_075614.jpg, Views: 14, Size: 2.07 MB Click image for larger version - Name: 20160520_114636.jpg, Views: 13, Size: 1.76 MB
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jmccustomknives
That's cool.  Working with the public is interesting.  You get to see first hand how ADHD they are.  [rofl]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Anthony San Miguel
Man, that sounds like it was a lot of fun!
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NorrinRadd
Sounds like you did have a good time!
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David Einhorn
Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association membership form.  A person may wish to send $15 and the form to Williams Grove association if they plan on participating in blacksmithing there.

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Hank Rearden
I also have a few different twist I'll post. As soon as I figure out what I did with them.
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Kiwi tussock
Thanks for the photographs and comments of the day Hank.
Its something that I, as a new fella would enjoy LOTS.
It would certainly be a place of learning, Im sure.

Cheers
 
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Hank Rearden
Hello folks, This coming Labor Day weekend I plan on stopping out at the Williams Grove steam engine historical society's blacksmith shop. I would like to get organized and find out how many folks would like to have a local group meet for some blacksmithing sessions on a regular basis. If you live in central Pennsylvania and have any interest in participating please contact me. You can private message me here on the forum, you can post to this thread or you can contact me via Facebook the username "Hank Rearden". Side note Facebook "Hank Rearden" will display "the iron forge fire" forum posts regarding occasional post I write here on the forum.

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