February 2016 Newsletter

January meeting at the home forge

We introduced new officers: Andrew Messersmith, president; Joe Pyle, vice president; Joe Babb, secretary/treasurer; Brad Greenwood, librarian.  A great big thank you to outgoing officers: Matt Sharp, president; Shelly Powers, secretary; Jason Berry, treasurer.  All did a great job and kept the guild going strong.

Attendance matters:

Every time you attend or participate you get a raffle ticket (1 ticket per guild meeting and 1 ticket any time 2 or more members meet at the home forge to work towards guild goals.  Holiday party drawing for next years crbg and aacb memberships)

Changes in meeting structure, contests:

Our monthly meetings will now be more focused on spending time in the forge. Every 3 months we will have a traditional meeting which includes discussing future plans, voting on the contest submissions, Iron in the Hat, and an in depth demo. All other meetings will be more workshop focused. We will have a monthly project to work on, as well as an opportunity to work on your contest pieces and learn the processes of blacksmithing.

A contest will be held quarterly with the focus on getting members in the forge. Our first contest subject will be “fire tools.” This includes pokers, shovels, rakes, and slices or anything else you can use to help control a fire. We will vote on a winner during the May meeting.

In addition to our monthly meeting we will also be opening up the guild shop for open forge hours. These will be scheduled for mid-month and will be mostly unstructured so members will be able to work on any project they’d like at the guild facilities. We will also have more experienced members available for troubleshooting problems and introducing new smiths to the art. Our first open forge is scheduled for March 12th at 1pm.

Changes in dues:

Annual membership dues are $20 and are due at the beginning of the year.  We now have a family membership available for $35.   We can now accept dues through credit card via Square reader on phone.  If you want to mail in your dues, send check made out to Clinch River Blacksmith Guild to:

Joe Babb, 4815 Kingston Pike, ste. 188, Knoxville, TN. 37919

Hammer project needs new leader:

We need someone to get back to organizing hammers again. (we need a new hammer eye punch to be produced,  our first one was a little stubby even before we put a new edge on it a half dozen times)

Joe’s demo:

Joe Babb made a chain shackle demonstrating use of spring fullers and spring swages along with simple hardening and tempering of small punch and use of drifts.

using-guillitine

 

Start off with a guillotine fuller to define the location of the end elements.

 

 

 

 

This helps to isolate the center section to be drawn out roughly to 5/16″.  Then we use a spring swage to dimension the center shaft to 5/16″.

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The reason for this demo was not so much to show making a chain shackle as to demonstrate the use of various spring fullers and swages that can be made in the shop.  The particular tool that inspired this was one that Joe saw used by John Woolsey at the AACB Christmas Party.  It’s a spring swage for creating a ball.  Here’s an inside look of one half of that tool.

inside-look
The lengthwise hole is 1/2″, while the crosswise hole is 5/16″ .  Notice on tools such as this all edges should be nicely rounded.

 

 

Placing a section of 1/2″ rod into the tool and rotating the rod as hammer blows are applied (many thanks to Brad for striking) ends up producing a ball with a diameter of 1/2″.

ball-ends

These ball ends are flattened to give a disk shape.  Then they are punched and drifted to 3/8″ holes for a clevis pin.  Joe demonstrated a quick and dirty hardening and tempering method for making a punch in a hurry.

 

 

 

 

The finished product.  finished-shackle

 

Upcoming Events

The February meeting of the CRBG will be held on Sunday February 28th at 1:30pm at the Home Forge. Max will be giving a demo on architectural scrollwork.
An open forge day is scheduled for Saturday March 12th at 1:00pm

Be Safe

The guild officers would like to remind all members and visitors of the importance of following good safety practices in and around the shop – safety glasses and appropriate clothing and footwear are required – and all attendees should read and acknowledge the safety policy notice posted in the shop.

As part of our commitment to safety, all new and returning members will be asked, upon paying their membership dues, to sign a copy of our liability waiver to be kept on file. Visitors shall be asked to sign a “visitor” copy of the waiver on each visit. No persons under the age of 18 will be admitted without the presence of a legal guardian. And, lastly, a note that attendance of workshops is limited to paid members only. Visitors are welcome to observe our meetings and demonstrations.

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December 2015 Newsletter.

The December meeting and holiday party was hosted at the home forge!

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Elections for officers for 2016-2017 were held and the Tom Copas award was bestowed on a worthy recipient.

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Many thanks to everyone who brought snacks and treats for the party, and all the excellent items for the Iron-in-the-Hat!

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Election Results for the 2016-2017 officers:

Andrew Messersmith, President

Joe Pyle, Vice President

Joe Babb, Secretary/Treasurer

Brad Greenwood, Librarian

And in January the guild will bestow the Tom Copas award on Brad Greenwood for his outstanding service to the guild and dedication to the art and craft of blacksmithing.

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After a lot of CRBG business discussion at the January meeting, the guild officers would like to remind all members and visitors of the importance of following good safety practices in and around the shop – safety glasses and appropriate clothing and footwear are required – and all attendees should read and acknowledge the safety policy notice posted in the shop.

As part of our commitment to safety, all new and returning members will be asked, upon paying their membership dues, to sign a copy of our liability waiver to be kept on file. Visitors shall be asked to sign a “visitor” copy of the waiver on each visit. No persons under the age of 18 will be admitted without the presence of a legal guardian. And, lastly, a note that attendance of workshops is limited to paid members only. Visitors are welcome to observe our meetings and demonstrations.

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Anyone interested in doing a demo or hosting a meeting at their home forge is encouraged to volunteer for a month of their choosing:

January 31st Sunday – Meeting and Demo by Joe Babb, Home Forge 1:30pm

February 28th Sunday – Meeting and Demo, Home Forge 1:30pm

March 20th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

April 24th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

May 29th Sunday – Meeting, 1:30pm

June 26th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

July 16th Saturday – Joint Meeting with AACB, House Mountain Baptist Church 9:00am

August 28th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

September 25th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

October 30th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

November 20th Sunday – Meeting, Home Forge 1:30pm

December 18th Sunday – Meeting and Holiday Party, Home Forge 1:30pm

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend our regular meetings. Meetings are usually held the last Sunday of the month. If you wish to attend, please contact any of the officers at crbgofficers@gmail.com

This newsletter and the emails of the recipients are to be considered private for use of the CRBG only. Please don’t send emails of any other nature without the consent of the Addressee or Permission of the CRBG Board and membership. Reproduction of this newsletter also limited to legitimate club uses. Misspellings are added for character and to see if you are paying attention.

October Newsletter

October Newsletter of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild

 

The October meeting of the CRBG was held at the home forge.

The demonstration by Andrew Messersmith was about the formulation of and uses for Super Quench.

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​Andrew talked about the formula he’d used to mix his batch of Super Quench (and the bucket he uses to store his mixture), then forged two small chisels and quenched one in the usual water tank and one in the Super Quench. He then used each tool cold to mark a piece of stock metal, and compared the edge on the tool and the mark made to illustrate how the tool quenched in Super Quench kept its edge better than the conventional water-quenched chisel. The example on the left was quenched in regular water, and the example on the right was quenched in Super Quench.

superquench

water quench

Andrew also pointed out that using the blue dishwashing liquid would give a blue color to your tempered steel, and that Super Quenched steel would rust faster than normal if not washed and oiled as soon as possible.

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​ Thanks, Andrew, for the excellent (and clean-smelling) demonstration!

 

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The November workshop will be held on Saturday the 22nd at the home forge. Workshop starts at 9am, bring your lunch/drinks/hammers and whatever projects you’re currently working on – the workshop will be an unstructured open forge work day, so get ready to stretch your brain muscle while wearing out your arm muscles! Questions? Contact our fearless workshop leader Joe Babb

 

The regular November meeting will be held Sunday the 23rd starting at 1:30pm and hosted offsite at the home of Richard Suffrage. All CRBG and AACB members are welcome!

 

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After a lot of CRBG business discussion at the January meeting, the guild officers would like to remind all members and visitors of the importance of following good safety practices in and around the shop – safety glasses and appropriate clothing and footwear are required – and all attendees should read and acknowledge the safety policy notice posted in the shop.

 

As part of our commitment to safety, all new and returning members will be asked, upon paying their membership dues, to sign a copy of our liability waiver to be kept on file. Visitors shall be asked to sign a “visitor” copy of the waiver on each visit. No persons under the age of 18 will be admitted without the presence of a legal guardian. And, lastly, a note that attendance of workshops is limited to paid members only. Visitors are welcome to observe our meetings and demonstrations.

 

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Anyone interested in doing a demo or hosting a meeting at his home forge is encouraged to volunteer for a month of his choosing:

 

November 22nd Saturday – Workshop, Home Forge 9am

November 23rd Sunday – Meeting, Richard’s Forge 1:30pm

December 14th Sunday – Meeting/Holiday Party, Home Forge 1:30pm

 

Visitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend our regular meetings. Meetings are usually held the last Sunday of the month.

If you wish to attend, please contact any of these people for directions.

 

 

This newsletter and the emails of the recipients are to be considered private for use of the CRBG only.  Please don’t send emails of any other nature without the consent of the Addressee or Permission of the CRBG Board and membership. Reproduction of this newsletter also limited to legitimate club uses. Misspellings are added for character and to see if you are paying attention.f