Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Annual Knickmeyer Gathering

It was a gathering of some of the world's finest craftsmen. Most of them were master blade-smiths. The group was slow to gather starting on Monday. We left Wednesday morning but some were still coming in.

It was hosted by our friend Hank Knickmeyer and his lovely wife Bonita. Hank is a master of Damascus, especially knives. Bonita raises Jack Russell Terriers and Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. So there is never a shortage of some furry companions to pet.

 A small group gathers on the patio to discuss their works.

Daryl Meier and the blacksmith had a lot of catching up to do. We met Daryl many decades ago and would often see him and his works at the National Muzzle loading matches in Friendship Indiana. Check out his work at Meier Steel.

This is a piece Daryl carries in his pocket, a small sample of his Damascus work.

Grace Horne from Sheffield England, the first woman to be certified in the knife making field. She has only been making knives since 1994.

Here is a piece first worked up in wood. It's scissors with a folding knife on one blade.

This is a project of 10 different dressmaker shears. They are for cutting silk. Each one sells for $500.

This pair is headed to the Sheffield museum. That is gold in the center.

Outside the shop was always a good place to visit for a lot of conversation. . .   Lo, John, Nathan, . . .

. . . .more visiting.

John works with the huge Nazel hammer.

 Lo takes her turn.

 Daryl visits with David Oscarman about a technique.

This is a sample of David's work, pens, as in fountain pens. However he creates many other things that you can check out here. David Oscarman works. These pens are made using sterling silver and enameling them, the cost is in the $5000 range. 

The friends, both old and new, the food, the fellowship make for wonderful memories for years to come.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What he's been up to.

He taught a class at the BAM (Blacksmiths Association of Missouri) conference. The class was on making Suffolk latches. It was a class for advanced students. 

He did a demonstration for Prairie elementary school in Mission Hills, Kansas. It was their sesquicentennial celebration. 

Our friend Margie demonstrated broom making on the equipment her husband Phil made, Yes made from scratch! (She will love seeing her name in print)

We had a famous hammer maker at our house for dinner (Sorry Bev I didn't get your picture). Nathan makes the finest hammers way up in Minnesota!  Check out Jackpine Forge on Facebook.

Here is the blacksmith's favorite from Nathan. 

This is about an 17 inch cross. It will hang perfectly on the wall, but for a funeral he came up with a stand. The cross sells for $35, the stand $15. (There is a smaller version available too.) I took it to a local florist and had the real flowers added.

A few days later this one was made up using artificial flowers. Both of them are beautiful. 

We attended the AACB conference in Tennessee (Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths) last weekend. Here is Susan Hutchinson working on a goat head.

Our friend Pattie entered the forging contest. What a hoot that was cheering her on.

I found this sign in the tail gating section at the conference. Score one for me!

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The end of the year review.

It's been a great year. We added  a 3 day show that wasn't planned which turned out to be a big show. It was at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association. 

This is a branding iron the blacksmith was asked to make for them. Next year they will be branding cedar shingles at their shingle mill.

Remember, the blacksmith likes most custom orders. This was my request from a few years ago. It's time now for me to request another one as this one is too full. I've also put in a request  for a table to hold some of my vintage sewing machines. There is also one request that is getting close to the top of his list, a fireplace screen for us.

Not often do you get to capture 3 blacksmiths in one photo.  This was at Arrow Rock Missouri this fall. Don Nichols on the left was demonstrating there. Margie and Phil Cox center, along with us on the right, were  there for the day and to celebrate their anniversary.

Denny Quinn is another blacksmith in our association. Here he was demonstrating at Deustch Country days in Marthasville. 

 Bob Stormer was also demonstrating in the primitive area of Deutsch country days. 

 Jeff  Goris was the tinsmith at the same event. His wares are beautiful. 

In November we hosted the Missouri Community Scholars Network. Someone in that group shared this picture of Bernie's shop.

 They also took a nice shot of his 50 lb Little Giant trip hammer

This is an adorable video I took out the front door, of Bernie and the grand daughter. She looks like such a natural driving the antique Farmall. It's is dated 1941, it belonged to her great-grandfather. He would be so proud of that little girl driving it.

This is the first of two deer the blacksmith harvested this year.

 He likes to do these European mounts. 

 This is rock hauling day. The grand kids look so eager to help.

To start the new year out, we always go to the Headache Hammer In at Washington, Missouri on January 1. This shrimp is one perk of attending! Yum, yum.

Dori and her Dad, Jon do a little forging on New Years Day. She is doing it in her grandfather's forge, Washington Forge.

Finally, I leave you with this cross candle holder he made. It was for a trade item at a bi-monthly meeting. 

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

At the Forge by Amanda Mainguy

 Amanda Mainguy, a J school graduate student at MU, did a documentary project as part of her grade for her second semester 2015 on Osage Bluff Blacksmith.

Watch her story:  At the Forge

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Old retired guys and anyone who wants to take a vacation day hammer in

On July 30, at the Osage Bluff Blacksmith Shop we hosted a hammer in  called "The old retired guys and anyone who wants to take a vacation day". You see, it was a Thursday meeting!

There was a little tailgating going on.  Of course the grand daughter Lizzie was in on the dealing too.

 She seemed to always be in among the guys. Note safety glasses were a requirement.

This is the force behind most of the blacksmiths. Thank you Bob Stormer for organizing us for a great group picture. BAM wouldn't be what it is without these woman and many more.

It was good to see some old friends. Don Asbee, Bernard Tappel, (two of the twelve founding members of BAM), Sam Little (a brand new member) and Rich Kamp.

It was also good to make new friends. Stephanie was the only female blacksmith participating. 

Blacksmiths came from long distances too. Larry Lutz was from Iowa. We had 2 from Iowa, and 2 from Illinois.

Through out the day there was a gas forge and 3 coal forges going. Almost everyone worked on a project they brought along or demonstrated something for the group. 

 Seems there were some great conversations shared. . . Pat McCarty and Bob Alexander.

 Chris Owen, Mike Gentzsch, Ken Markley, and Preston Williams.

 Craig and Cory.

This would be the early bird prize!   It seems Tom Patterson arrived two weeks early . . . he had the date wrong.

 Lots of conversation . . . Don Asbee, Don Nichols, and Tom Patterson.

 Phil Cox, Terry Smith, John Viessman, "let's discuss this".

 The gas forges.

 Dan Wedemeyer.

Here is the group of BAM members that attended. We hosted almost 50 members and spouses!

Getting ready for lunch, ham, smoked turkey, deer sausage sandwiches with all the trimmings. 

My creative sister carved the BAM logo into a watermelon, added an anvil and hammer on top!

There was still parking for a few more cars. It was a beautiful day in the country. The first cool day after several scorching days.

Lunch is served.

If you are included in the pictures, thank you for coming.  If not, try to make it next time!