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This month’s meeting with be on October 24th, at 10am, at Mr. Sid Gale’s home the location is 25716 Poirrier Lane, Denham Springs, LA 70726, One mile from the Denham Springs exit 10 (Bass Pro Shop exit).
With COVID-19 requirements for meetings, we need to ensure we practice social distancing and other safety requirements. Please, if you have a fever, or have lost your sense of taste or smell, please refrain from attending the meeting and go have yourself checked.
Lunch will be available at a cost of $7.00. Mr. Dennis Rohner will be cooking up something great for us. Soft drinks and water are provided to everyone at no cost. It is going to be HOT, so please stay hydrated.Iron in the Hat will commence at approximately 2pm. If you have ANYTHING (does not have to be blacksmith related) you wish to donate, please bring it. If you have been blacksmithing in this heat, please consider bringing some of your items to our Show and Tell Table. It gives others a chance to see what everyone has been working on. Please be prepared to give a short comment and take questions so that others can learn from you how to make your item.The forges be picked-up and will be set-up with several things planned. Some stations will be set-up for individuals wanting to work on their own.
Please wear appropriate clothing if you plan to work at one of the forges. Last month we did an excellent job of keeping the place clean, let’s try and keep Mr. Sid’s place clean also. Ensure you pick up your bottles, cans, and other paraphernalia and put them in the garbage. For non-members, these meetings are open to the public at no charge. It is our wish that you come to a few meetings to see if you like the idea of learning to be a blacksmith. If you do decide you want to learn, we hope you then become a member and continue to come and enjoy. Tools can be checked out (borrowed) for those that do not have their own tools. Again we provide the tools in hopes that you get into blacksmithing and start acquiring your own tools as you develop. Cost of membership is $25 a year paid in January of each year. Anyone joining during the year, the cost is adjusted to the months remaining within the year.
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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.
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.
GCBA has purchased 15 copies of Randy McDaniel's A Blacksmith Primer: A Course in Basic and Intermediate Blacksmithing, now available for member use or purchase.
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.
Chuck highly recommends Peter Ross' insightful Keynote Address at the 1998 ABANA Conference on the emergence of "machine mentality" over "hand mentality".
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.
Watch our GCBA demonstrators do their magic at the 26th Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival.
Discover some very interesting metal art at one of the most unusual festivals in the country, the Bush Tractor Festival.
Chuck recommends the article Of Iron & Stagecraft by Trenton Ty, from the current edition of The Iron Trillium, a publication of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.
Let renowned metal artist Valentin Yotkov introduce you to the ancient art of Ornamental Chasing And Repoussé: The Magic of Sculpting in Metal.
This excerpt from his upcoming book is an excellent primer on adding Repoussé and Chased items to your work.
GCBA President Chuck Robinson was profiled by the Picayune Item newspaper in an in-depth article, Local Blacksmith, Chuck Robinson, on the Art of Blacksmithing.
Read the Craftpersons Profile of GCBA Chairman Larry House in the Folklife & Folk Artist Directory of the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Check out our unique collection of Period Sketches, Paintings and Photos depicting blacksmithing throughout history.
Discover The Legend of The Iron Worker and King Solomon and the extraordinary metal engraving by John Sartain depicting the blacksmith who challenged the great artisans at the dedication banquet of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Check out our ABANA page for links to current ABANA News Topics and sections of the ABANA website most relevant to GCBA members.
Chuck Robinson recommends the new Bronze Casting Manual written by Olivier Duhamel of New Zealand, on low-cost bronze lost wax casting of small projects.
See our newly updated list of Free Blacksmithing Books, Newsletters and Articles in the In Print section of our Links page.
Discover the artistry of some of our GCBA members:
Discover what real blacksmiths do for entertainment. Watch this recent CBS Evening News report on Shooting Anvils.
Then enjoy a lesson on How to Shoot an Anvil 200 Feet in the Air
Discover Who's Who in our growing gallery of GCBA Member Mug Shots.
Read the Artist Biography of our own William “Buddy” Leonard at the Louisiana Folklife Center located at Northwestern State University.