NRBA Spring 2006 at Jeffrey Funk's, Bigfork, MT
Friday afternoon, Dan'l Moore and Jeffrey Funk put on a hot demo of large hammer forging. Starting with a single block of steel 4" x 4" x 18", using Jeffrey's Chambersburg 500-pound power hammer, they forged a traditional seat to be hung from a bridge crane and used by a blacksmith working at a power hammer:
Jeffrey Funk & Dan'l Moore beginning the power-hammer seat project by isolating masses of steel using a fullering tool under the 500-pound Chambersburg hammer. For handling purposes, the block of steel 4" x 4" x 18" is temporarily welded to a piece of pipe.
Jeffrey forging the actual seat---still from the same block of steel pictured above. The shaft section he is holding has been drawn from the 4" x 4" x 18" block (and the temporary pipe handle discarded).
Jeffrey testing the completed power-hammer seat (all drawn from one block of steel).
Morris Hallowell (later) using the powerhammer seat. An historic form---it allows enhanced comfort, mobility and precision in long powerhammer sessions.
After dinner, Jeffrey gave a slideshow
talk: Iron, Energy, and Civilization, a short history dealing with the
relationship between iron and fuels, providing some historical perspective
on our craft.
Saturday morning was devoted to the sign project and hands-on forging stations.
Saturday afternoon Jeffrey demonstrated forging a four-tyne pitchfork from a solid piece of wrought iron:
Also, all day Saturday, a charcoal
retort firing took place to demonstrate local making of traditional smithing fuels.
Saturday afternoon at 5:30, general meeting. Dinner at 6:00, catered by Knight's BBQ of Lakeside, Montana followed by our fund-raising auction.
Sunday morning, hands-on stations continued, and Doug Adelmann demonstrated the construction and use of a Guillotine butcher, the finished product adding to the NRBA tool collection.
Heather McLarty making the sign banner by Repoussé. Heather's NRBA banner finished
The Sign Project - Outer frame completed.
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