Join us for our next meeting that will be held on
from 10am to 3pm
at Buddy Leonard's shop in Covington, La.
At 10 a.m., the business meeting will begin. We will discuss Forge Day at the Crosby Arboretum, Fire in the Swamp at Dragons Watch Forge and Foundry, YPRES 2016 in Ypres Belgium, and the LAMA Conference in Arnaudville, Louisiana. Please bring all information about other events to this meeting.
Ben Beames, from Hobart Tasmania, has agreed to demonstrate, along with Rachael David. Ben works mostly on larger projects, from benches to gates. He works on group projects, sculptures, and one-of-a-kind items. It is always great to get a different perspective on how to approach a project, while meeting smiths from outside our association.
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John Perilloux demonstrated how to craft tenons with a guillotine tool at October's meeting. To read more and view videos of the demonstration, click here.
Please update your calendars with our upcoming meetings in 2016:
For more information about meetings and events, visit the Events Page.
GCBA has adopted the ABANA Forging Fundamentals Controlled Hand Forging Lessons as our guide in teaching the science and art of blacksmithing to our members.
Our experienced members will serve as volunteer instructors for each of the 26 lesson plans, and we hope to teach one lesson at each meeting.
Glen Wesley, a longtime member of the Gulf Coast Blacksmith Association, has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
As the disease progressed he began having difficulty feeding himself. He asked Sid Gale to help him design a device that would enable him to continue feeding himself without assistance.
They discussed it, made a few sketches and headed out to the shop. Discover how they designed and developed an Assisted Eating Device.
The 2012 Brian Brazeal Tool Workshop in October was a huge success. Watch as he makes tooling and forges a hammer head from round stock.
Ross was the Master Blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg from 1979 to 2004.
See our coverage of Fire in the Swamp 2012, a one-stop shop for demos on forging, iron and pewter casting, and pottery crafts.
GCBA provided demonstrations at the 2012 Arboretum Day.
A leaf key ring begins at the end of a bar.
Watch Brian Brazeal show us how it's done at our January meeting.
See Phil Love demonstrate the craft at Colonial Day, an annual event at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie.
Students dressed in period costume and took part in various events reminiscent of early America life.
This excerpt from his upcoming book is an excellent primer on adding Repoussé and Chased items to your work.
Then enjoy a lesson on How to Shoot an Anvil 200 Feet in the Air