Spring Conference, 2012 Jim Bolinger's St. Mary's Forge, Stevensville, Montana
Erecting our hand forged sign.
Grant Luark stoking the fire (above) and forging a foot (below).
Joel Machler filing the shoulders of a tenon square.
Frank Donohue monkeying the shoulders of a tenon.
Steve Fontanini adding detail to a foot... ... and checking for straightness using an eyecrometer.
Upsetting the end of a bar to form a foot.
Jim Bollinger butchering the end of a bar with a top tool under a power hammer to establish the transition to a tenon.
Scott Roberts helping out a new member with the basics of drawing out a taper.
Jim Bollinger auctioning a valuable piece of leftover slag from the coal forge for big money.
I guess Steve Fontanini didn't have to buy it---Glenn Gilmore did.
Annette Lavalette studying.
Past president, Bill Kelly, has rejoined our association.
Our two wonderful cooks, Janie Luark and Jean Melton.
Our group project, finished:
Top of legs, appearing to pass through tabletop, are actually removable cap-nuts.
Leg detail: Cross-stretchers retained by square-section wedges driven through square holes in their tenons, permit disassembling table base into two H-form leg units for easier transport.
Overlapping tabletop rim---repeating the detail of our club sign.
Fencing section by Scott Espelin
Detail: Frank Annighofer's guardrail section.
A new blacksmith with his high school senior project.
Northern Rockies Blacksmith Association.
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