Buddy shows proper hammer control

The Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association has been serving the blacksmith and metal artist community since May 1999. GCBA specializes in teaching and sharing information about traditional blacksmithing and metal work. We are an affiliate of ABANA.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information about our organization. We invite you to browse around the site. If you have comments or questions you may type them in the Leave a Reply box at the bottom of the page. Or go to the Contacts page for complete information and to download a Membership Application.

GCBA meetings are usually held on the fourth Saturday (formally Sunday) of every month (except December) at Buddy Leonard’s Shop. Please check EVENTS – Monthly for meeting changes.

On our Events page you will find upcoming blacksmithing events and demonstrations, and reports on recent events.

Tammy forging her leaf

On our News page you can easily scroll down through all current GCBA news postings.

On our Gallery page you will find examples of our member’s work varying from the most simple hooks to working tools and items of art. Included are photos of events where our members have demonstrated our craft and a growing set of mug shots of all of our members.

On our Projects page you will find How To instructions and Tips of all kinds, as well a links to interesting online sources of information and demonstrations.

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On our Library pages you will find a listing of online videos, DVDs and video tapes covering a host of subjects. These can be rented at reasonable cost to all members.

If you can’t find what you want in our Library try our Links page which will send you directly to the websites of the numerous Organizations, Affiliates and Suppliers.

On our Market page you will find sources for blacksmith materials, tools and other products of our members and related sources. We will appreciate your contacting them for your needs.

Whether you are a novice or experienced smith we invite you to join us to learn or to pass on the skills of the trade!

Our ABANA page includes links to current ABANA News Topics and sections of the ABANA website most relevant to GCBA members.

For more information and a GCBA Membership Application go to our Contacts page.

October Meeting

Our October meeting proved to be quite the grand event. A large group had gathered a full hour before the meeting started. The short business meeting reminded everyone of upcoming events of interest such as the Piney Woods Heritage Fest and Fire in the Swamp. Self introduction of new members and guests followed the new business / old business  briefing and then events of the day were discussed.

One of our newest members Mr Lyle Wynn provided a very informative demonstration on drawing tapering and punching. Each technique was discussed thoroughly and used in logical sequence while he forged a unique back scratcher with bottle opener. This example of clean efficient forging was then donated to the Iron in the Hat. Thank you Lyle!

Attention soon turned to the forges and work began. Several members brought interesting examples of portable forges but one was of special interest. Fifteen year old Garrett O’Hare showed his creative ingenuity with a forge and blower system he designed and built himself. This forge prove to be quite functional as Garrett was forging his knife.

There were 43 in attendance when Dennis Rohner announce that lunch was ready. Everyone enjoyed a long time south Louisiana favorite, Jambalaya! No one left hungry as plates were piled high and complimented with potato salad, bread and fresh vegetables. It was difficult to save room for dessert.

Next LAMA president Jerry Baker called a meeting to announce a long list of upcoming events that included a hammer making class and of course Art Mania. An open invitation to all GCBA member’s was offered and the full list should be available on the LAMA website la metalsmiths.org. Between the two groups we have something going on almost every weekend from now until April. Please attend as many as you can.

The IITH raffle came next and what a success it was. Thanks to everyone in attendance there was a large inventory of items donated. With 528 tickets sold we were able to pay for our meal and split the remaining $278 between GCBA and LAMA to add to our scholarship funds. After the raffle Todd Schexnayder donated two beautiful knives he made. One was promptly auctioned to add an additional $80 to the scholarship fund and the second will be auctioned at a later date.

As if the day was not busy enough, Mr Richard Delhoussaye delivered a second demonstration for the day. This one, a barbecue fork, reinforced techniques seen earlier in the day. Drawing, tapering and punching were used while splitting and cupping were added to the mix to produce a cooking utensil anyone would be proud to own. This was donated to IITH and will be available at the November meeting.

The day ran long with fires still going after 4 p.m. Plenty of blacksmiths engaged in conversation and enjoyed perfect weather for this very successful meeting. Thank you too everyone in attendance and a special thank you to our demonstrators Mr Lyle Wynn and Mr Richard Delhoussaye.


Classic GCBA Logo & Mascot

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