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Looking for an anvil.

Posted by Steve Bartels on July 13, 2014 at 8:55pm 0 Comments

I'm living in southern Wisconsin in the city of Watertown (right between Milwaukee and Madison), and I am just getting into blacksmithing. I would like to buy an anvil before I start building my forge. Does anyone know of a good place to buy one, or should I just go straight to Amazon/eBay? Also is there anything I should really look out for in purchasing one?

Looking for coal

Posted by Paul P. on June 10, 2014 at 10:27am 6 Comments

Im new to blacksmithing and I am looking for a coal supplier in east central Wisconsin. Any help would be appreciated

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  I will be adding to the list and set of photo's as I prepare for the sale event. 

Thanks and…


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

The anhydrous borax…






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The Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association
Is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional artists and blacksmiths.
Our purposes are to educate, share knowledge, and to present the art of
blacksmithing to the public.

UMBA is an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmiths Association of North America.
                     Newcomers are welcome to attend UMBA events

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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


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


UMBA President's Message


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.


We will have four news nazis Their job is to help and encourage you to be active getting information to the newsletter. The way the boys will encourage you is at their discretion.


Happy Hammering Jim






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Paul Novorolsky commented on Kyra Borchers's photo


"Nice! I did some demos there on weekends a few years ago. It's a pretty nice shop!"
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I gave my friend my bench grinder my anvil and a hammer and his ingenuity shocked me

i was given an anvil by a near by blacksmith named smokey rick. thank you again for that rick. unfortunately i could not make use of my equipment in the place that i was living so i passed them on to a friend for his birthday. he lives outside of town and was able to make use of these things quite quickly. he built his own forge and made tongs out of the aluminum legs of a broken camping chair. there will be pics below. this man is determined, he made a blade out of a railroad spike. Now…See More
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