September Newsletter

The August Meeting of the CRBG was a sweltering one.  We had a fairly low attendance and briefly discussed the re-creation of the “board of directors”  for the guild.  The board consists of 3 members who will assist the officers in steering the direction of the Guild in the coming months and years.   We will be electing board members during the December meeting so if you’re interested in joining the board please let an officer know.

Once business was discussed we headed into the forge and worked on a chisel,  ball punch,  and eye punch set.  we will be using these during the September meeting to make animal heads with Joe Babb.  If you missed a chance to make these tools,  don’t worry we will have plenty available for your use.

The September meeting is also when the current challenge pieces are due.  This quarters challenge is “moving parts” and can include any handforged items with moving parts in them.  Please bring your pieces to the meeting on Sunday September 25th for judging.  If we have only a few pieces entered we may push this to next month,  as it’s been very warm and we haven’t had an open forge recently.

As always remember to wear your safety glasses.  This is required at all times in the forge area.  Stay safe,  We’ll see you on Sunday.

The guild recently received the following emails requesting assistance for two different events.  They are copied below.

Misty here, Bob and I are getting ready for Heritage Day in the Old Mill District here in Pigeon Forge. Our goal is to fill the parking lot with blacksmiths. We have a few individuals coming but, at the last minute, we have secured the AACB’s green coal trailer for the event. The problem? Now we need more blacksmiths to man it.
Any member of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild who can come and spend the day with us can bring any products that they have made to sell here at the event. There isn’t a fee and all of the proceeds are yours to keep. We can have a tent for the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild for any members that want to vend and work the green coal trailer for us.
The event is Saturday September 24th and the trailer will be in the Old Forge Plaza parking lot. Any one interested please let us know that you are coming so we can be sure to have room for you. The event runs from 10-5 and we’re recommending that our vendors and demonstrators arrive between 8 and 9 for set up.
Any interested parties please contact Misty at either or 865-387-2600 or Bob at or 865-201-7632.
Kentucky Museum Hammer-In

Sat. October 8th, 2016  10am- 4pm
Attention AACB members,
 I am working with Western Kentucky University to help promote blacksmithing in the KY area.
 They have organized a hammer-in on the Kentucky Museum grounds in Bowling Green, Ky . I have volunteered AACB to do the blacksmith portion of the event to compliment the knife and tinsmithing demos.
 For those unfamiliar with Hammer-ins. A Hammer-in is a big blacksmith party. Free and open to the public, this event objective is to promote the art of working with metal.
   Knife making with Samuel Stoner ( who demonstrated knife making at our May conference) will be doing his popular knife making demonstration at this event. So if you missed it then, here is your opportunity to watch it now.
 Tinsmithing will be on hand with demonstrator Randy Hulsey a  juried member of the Kentucky Craft Market program, He uses 18c forming stake tools while specializing in 18th & 19th Century reproduction tinware and living history demonstrations.
Other activities include an aluminum pour, green coal classes and children events among others.
 I need AACB members to attend and demonstrate. You will be allowed to sell your work and are encouraged to bring items to display. We are here to promote AACB and answer questions about establishing affiliate forges. If we have enough attendees we can all do short demonstrations and be able to enjoy the other on going events.
I will need a crew for unloading the trailer and erecting the tents and forges from 7-10am the day of the event. Demos will start at 10am thru 4pm .So, if you plan to attend, please give me a 1/2 hour of your time.This will allow us all,to enjoy the day.
Below you will find a link to the event.

Contact me (Buzz) for more info.
phone or text 239-218-4822