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All Hammer-Ins are now posted under the tab of Education.  If you have a get together (Hammer-In) and would like to have it posted please contact either myself or Smoky Rick Crawford.

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Badger Village Moving Sale

Started by Steve Hackbarth Apr 12. 0 Replies

anvil noise reduction

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Cheap Steel sourcing

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Blacksmithing class

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Liquidating Blacksmith Forge

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FYI - Large Moving Sale

Posted by Steve Hackbarth on April 12, 2014 at 4:22pm 0 Comments

Just want to let all of my old (and new) blacksmithing friends know that I will be having a large moving sale the week after the Haverhill event.  It looks like I have a solid buy for my property in Merrimac, WI and it is time for me to liquidate. I just completed a micro-website detailing the sale.  Check it out at www.badgervillage.com.  I will be adding to the list and set of photo's as I prepare for the sale event. 

Thanks and…

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Flux Mixture

Posted by Paul Novorolsky on March 26, 2014 at 7:46pm 0 Comments

I had a lot of requests for information about the welding flux I used at the Scott County demo. So, here's what I used:

I mixed:

  • 1 lb of Black Iron Oxide (Chemically: Fe3 O4)
  • 1 lb of Boric Acid
  • 1/2 lb of Anhydrous Borax

Make sure you get real iron oxide, not a synthetic pigment. I bought mine on Amazon.

The boric acid is "roach powder" and readily available

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newest member

Posted by Arden Hanson on September 29, 2013 at 5:02pm 1 Comment

Hello  all hot metal friends. I'm a retired farmer living in south central MN. I know some about hot steel but I prefer hot bronze. If you enjoy bronze casting let's chat. 

New Leaf Video

Posted by Smoky Rick Crawford on June 15, 2013 at 7:57pm 0 Comments

Thought you guys might like to see my first blacksmithing video.  The link to the youtube page is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GE4K6FBvU4 

Hope you enjoy it.  I know it needs work, but this is the first.  Hope to get better with constructive criticism.

 

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The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association
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UMBA Spring Conference

May 17-18 - Matthew Edel Museum - Haverhill, Iowa

Bob Tuftee – Demonstrator

Bob has been blacksmithing approximately 30 years and does most of his work in a coal forge. He retired in June of 2012 after 45 years in skilled trades as a millwright and certified welder. The projects he has planned include ironware for “period” re-enactors and buckskinners and several different types of decorative twisted handles. Bob’s demo

will include forge welding and explaining the tooling used for making some of the parts for the twisted handles. Over the years Bob has taken advanced classes from Bob Patrick, Tal Harris, and Jerry Darnell. He has been teaching blacksmithing classes at Shake Rag Alley for the past four years.

Haverhill is located approximately 7 miles South of Marshalltown on Highway 14 then West on a county highway. Follow the signs.

Motels are located in Marshalltown

Super 8 641-753-3333

Hampton Inn 641-753-3795

Economy Inn 641-752-5485

Baymont Inn 641-752-4844

Free camping available at conference site

Conference fees: $20 Saturday only

$10 Sunday only

$25 Both days

Meals: Saturday lunch is on your own. There is a restaurant just up the block if desired.

Saturday dinner will be a chili feed available for a small fee

Trade Item – A tool used in a blacksmith shop

SAFETY GLASSES ARE REQUIRED

Free feed and open shop Friday evening at the home of Steve and Denise White approx 25 miles south.

For conference info call Steve White 641-521-7172

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We have new officers . Brain Cheshier has resigned from the broad and being Pres .I want to thank Brain for all his work and the improvements he has made during his term .Velinda has resigned as editor she did a great job for many years. I thank her for all her work. Velindas passion for doing a great job was frustrated by the lack of help by the membership. Stan Brandon is the editor. WE all need to feed him pictures and information about your projects. This could be about be a class you attended ,a project you are doing, a story broad on a leaf or a new twist you saw or developed. Velinda made our newsletter great lets all help Stan keep a great newsletter going.

 

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Badger Village Moving Sale

Just want to let all of my old (and new) blacksmithing friends know that I will be having a large moving sale the week after the Haverhill event.  It looks like I have a solid buy for my property in Merrimac, WI and it is time for me to liquidate. I just completed a micro-website detailing the sale.  Check it out at www.badgervillage.com.  I will be adding to the list and set of photo's as I prepare for the sale event. As a thank you to…See More
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FYI - Large Moving Sale

Just want to let all of my old (and new) blacksmithing friends know that I will be having a large moving sale the week after the Haverhill event.  It looks like I have a solid buy for my property in Merrimac, WI and it is time for me to liquidate. I just completed a micro-website detailing the sale.  Check it out at www.badgervillage.com.  I will be adding to the list and set of photo's as I prepare for the sale event. Thanks and happy hamerin'!See More
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