Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BAM meeting Doniphan Mo May 2011

We went to Doniphan for the BAM meeting. The highlight for  Osage Bluff Blacksmith was getting to visit again with Ray Joe Hastings. He is the author of the book titled "Bow and River Gigs, Used in the Clear Streams of the Ozarks. It only got better, as we were invited to their home for a Sunday afternoon visit.

Host Chris Miller did a demo making this letter opener.

 Chris also demoed this donkey hammer head.

Prior to the meetings, the host selects an item to make for a trade item. During the meeting, the items are numbered and each participating member draws a number to see which one they trade for. For this meeting the trade item was a door handle.

This is the one Osage Bluff Blacksmith made.

 Host Chris Miller made this nice textured handle.

Don Ander's handle.

John Huff's handle.

Lynn Owens' handle.

Scott Woods' handle.

A fine BBQ pulled pork lunch was provided by Chris and Becky.

Karen and Don work with the iron in the hat project. They are masters at this game.

As at most meetings there is lot of tailgating going on. Here Osage Bluff Blacksmith makes a deal on jack hammer bits.

This is an old deep water river gig that Ray Joe brought for show and tell. Yes, show and tell isn't just for the school kids!

Monday, May 2, 2011

BAM conference 2011

We traveled to Sedalia on Thursday, March 28th for the 4 day conference of the Blacksmiths Association of Missouri.  After the setup was completed, Osage Bluff Blacksmith was asked to demonstrate the making of a fish gig.

Later that evening, Roger Degner gave a demonstration of how to make a mokume gane bar. He has turned them into really nice bracelets.

Here it takes two to hold and press the coins together.

After the coins are heated they stick together and can be taken out of the holding bars.

I asked this smith if I could photograph his tatoo. He was tickled that I asked. He told me he will be the 5th generation of the See boys to be a blacksmith. I could live with this on my smith, if only his biceps looked like that. (Sorry dear)

There  were competitions to be judged. The smiths were given a bar and a time limit to make a water bearing vessel. The item that held the most liquid won. Here Bob Alexander and Osage Bluff Blacksmith clown around while looking over the spoons.

There are small groups around, all discussing different things. The sign behind them says "keep off roof", seems it said nothing about keeping off a milling machine.

So, if you see one of these trailer going down the highway, follow it. It could lead you to a great hammer in.

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