Upcoming Events

Upcoming NJBA Meet Dates:
Workshop - How to Finish a Damascus Billet for a Knife Blade Saturday, April 4. Mark Morrow, a professional swordsmith, will show you how to take a Damascus billet and turn it into a knife. Some of our members have made such billets in Mark?s Damascus workshops, but those who haven?t can purchase a billet from Mark for $100. The fee for the workshop will be $125. You will also be guided in the making of a knife handle. Some experience required. Contact NJBA Director Mark Morrow for further information.
Spring Membership Meeting Saturday May 2. NJBA will hold a membership meeting at Marshall?s shop. Mark Morrow will demonstrate the forging of a tomahawk. All members are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend, but we will hold an IITH fund raiser, so please bring a donation to that and cash to buy tickets.
Walnford Day Sunday, May 17. We will be demonstrating blacksmithing again at Historic Walnford. NJBA members are welcome to come forge, and everybody is welcome to come watch. The park rangers usually provide a spread of food for the volunteers. Contact NJBA Director Bruce Freeman for further information.
Annual Picnic and Tailgate Sale at EJOT, Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 AM - 4 PM NJBA will be holding this event at East Jersey Old Town in Piscataway. (We couldn?t get a September date for this at the Red Mill.) We are looking into bringing in a paid demonstrator. EJOT is on River Road, just west of the Rutgers Stadium and can be reached from NJ Route 18 or from I-287. Further information will appear in the next newsletter.
Gas Forge Workshop, Date TBD We still intend to hold a workshop to construct a gas forge for each participant. We are making some progress on the design for this forge but have yet to construct a prototype, so must delay further announcements until later.
Anvil- and Vise-Jaw Repair Workshop Fall (?) There has been some interest in running another anvil-repair workshop, but as of this issue we have only two anvils on the list to be repaired. We?ll need at least three more before running this workshop would be feasible. If you have an anvil you?d like to repair, please contact NJBA Director Tom Santomauro. The price per anvil has not yet been set, but the last one was $150, and prices for welding rod and MIG wire are up since then, so an increase can be anticipated. Final price will depend upon the condition of your anvil, and you may have to submit photographs so we can make an assessment.
Steel Bloom Smelt, Date TBD Although we still hope to hold a steel smelt demonstration, difficulties obtaining supplies have put it off to some date to be determined.

 

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