Western States Blacksmith Conference 2011 - Government Camp and Timberline Lodge, Mt Hood, Oregon


Timberline Lodge Opening Ceremony Speaker, NRBA's Jeffrey Funk, driving an ice axe straight through a piece of igneous rock.


Blacksmithing at the Timberline Lodge:




Katana, having been forged from Tamahgane smelted from iron sand that morning, just quenched---which induced the graceful curve.



NRBA's Jeffrey Funk, forging suggestive grape leaves, and then silver-brazing them to a stem.


"Blacksmith Wars" winners Maria Cristali and previous NRBA conference demonstrator, Dave Tuttle.


"Blacksmith Wars" second place finishers, Terry Carson, Tri Ficker and Dean Mook.

Each team of four had to present a full-scale drawing together with a bill of materials. And then, in four, three-hour sessions, using nothing but hand tools, make a table to support a provided glass top---and accommodate an unanticipated change-order element into their design.  All four teams finished---all during the last minute available.



Mook Team table finished.

Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association.   Joel Machler, Treasurer, 5121 Foster Lane, Belgrade, MT 59714  j.machler@hotmail.com

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