The first week of May, the Blacksmiths Association of Missouri held their annual conference in Sedalia, Missouri.
Last year it was record heat. In the 80's and we couldn't ice the bottled water down fast enough.
This year, it was a different story. The same weekend, just one year later. Three inches of snow fell in a 12 hour period. This time it was hard to keep the coffee pots and hot chocolate going!
Gerald Boggs demonstrates.
Ray and Katie Carpenter selling their wares.
Karen and I look like frozen snow birds while selling at the boutique. (I am wearing sunglasses only because my regular glasses broke and the sunglasses helped to hold my lenses in place) I know I look dorkie.
Here a beginners class is working.
Steve Culver, master bladesmith demos.
Randy McDaniel also demonstrates.
Here he shows off a dragon head.
His skull face!
Here are some of his awesome belt buckles.
This handmade trunk by Pat McCarty is always one of the biggest ticket items in the auction.
I love this picture of these blacksmiths deep in conversation.
This little guy is a blacksmith of the future. He was encouraged by several to keep on bidding. In the end, he end up with several pairs of tongs.