NRBA Spring Conference 2018 --- Dave & Debbie Osmundsen's Arrowhead Forge, Buffalo, WY





8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 12:00 Instruction and Hands On Forging

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 5:00 Instruction and Hands On Forging



8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:15 - 12:00 Instruction and Hands On Forging

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 5:00 Instruction and Hands On Forging

5:00 - 6:00 General meeting

6:00 - 7:00 Catered Dinner

7:00 to ? Auction*



8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 - 12:00 Instruction and Hands On Forging

12:00 - 1:00 Leftovers for Lunch

All hands on deck to help clean up and pack the trailer!


AREA LODGING  (Source: Trip Advisor)



Horn Motel, (rated 4.5 145 Reviews) 209 North Main St. 307-278-2642

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Buffalo, (rated 4.5 228 Reviews) 65 US HWY, 16E 307-209-9814

Buffalo Inn, (rated 4.5 321 Reviews) 100 Flatiron Drive, US HWY 16E

Hampton Inn & Suites, (rated 5 654 Reviews) 85 US HWY, 16E 855-605-0317

Many more hotels on


AREA CAMPING   Due to space limitations there will be no camping at the conference site. There are several camp grounds within a mile of the site that have both tent and trailer sites and the Bighorn National Forest is only five miles away.

Buffalo KOA 87 US HWY, 16E 800-562-1902

Indian Campground 660 East Hart St. 307-684-9601

Deer Park Campground 146 US HWY 16E 307-684-5722

Many more campgrounds in the area.



The conference will be at the Cowboy Carousel Center and Arrowhead Forge 47 N Lobban, Buffalo, Wyoming one block east of Main Street in the downtown district. There will be an anvil sign on Main Street to mark were to turn.

From the north (I-90) - Take the first Buffalo exit. Continue on that road (N Main) through one traffic light. Watch for anvil sign by Kum and Go gas station and turn left on Benteen then right on N Lobban.

From the west (US 16) - At the second traffic light turn left on to N Main. Immediately turn right at the Kum and Go gas station onto Benteen then right onto Lobban.



Breakfast menu is scrambled eggs, hashbrowns and bacon along with orange juice, coffee. Hot water available for tea.

Lunch menu is sandwiches, chips and fruit.

Dinner is on your own except for a catered dinner Saturday night. There are eateries within walking distance of the conference.

For the meals not provided there is a big variety of eateries very close by. Burgers, steaks, pizza, Mexican and Chinese besides the usual fast food joints. A list will be available at registration.


At the Fall 2017 Conference, we had a forged letter opener exchange that was a big hit and it was agreed that we should do it again. This time it is spoons!  Big, little, fancy or not—each one will be unique. Join the fun.

Everyone who brings a spoon will go home with one. The only rule is that it must be hand forged out of a sin-gle piece of metal. We will put numbers in a hat equal to the number Of spoons. All who brought a spoon will draw a number. Number 1 gets first choice of a spoon from the table. Number 2 can choose a spoon from the table, or "steal" from number 1. Number 3 can choose from the table or steal from number 1 or 2, and so on.



        There will be a Gallery. Bring something you are really proud of. A jury will pick the top three entries to be published in the next newsletter.

This will be a hands-on weekend continuing our educational program by teaching how to forge a leafing hammer which is a tool needed for the level 3 of the NRBA Curriculum. Everyone interested in participating in the workshop part of the conference is encouraged to bring your own hand tools, forge anvil, etc. NRBA will have some extra forges and anvils set up for folks who cannot bring one. Tongs that can handle 1” square and 3/4” round will be help full. Any one working on any of the other levels please bring your pieces with you. Instructors will be more than happy to help you with them. If you need more instruction this will be a good time to get it.

This will be a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of making the tooling and forging a hammer head.

Text Box: Leafing Hammer and water leaf element.  


Text Box: A variety of leafing hammers.



I would suggest you not bring dogs to the conference site but if you must keep in mind we will be within the city limits so dogs will have to be on a leash and cleaned up after. No dogs in the conference rooms.


Family members not attending the conference can visit the many galleries, antique shops, sporting goods and the museum just a block from the site. In addition, there are several historic sites close by and the national forest to explore. Buffalo also has a great walking trail system that passes in front of the shop and can connect you with the national forest. The conference site is a few feet from Clear Creek which is great trout fishing.


Since we will be right downtown it will be a challenge to control people coming in off the street however the conference will be covered in the local newspaper and there will be a time set aside for the public to attend, free of charge, Saturday afternoon 1-4. Bring your best work to show off for the gallery and anything you have made to sell. And don’t forget some fun stuff for the auction.


Text Box: One of three forging stations at Arrowhead Forge.





47 N. Lobban Ave. Buffalo, WY

Friday May 18, 19, 20, 2018




Full Conference (postmarked by 5/1)* $50 _____________________

Full Conference (paid on-site) * $65 ____________________

One-day attendance (no dinner) $25 ____________________

Extra Saturday dinner: $10 each $ _______________________

Breakfast Fri/Sat/Sun: $ 5 each $15 _____________________ Opt Out

Lunch Fri/Sat: $ 7 each $14 _____________________ Opt Out

Extra Breakfast: $5/ Extra Lunch $7 each $ _______________________

NRBA Membership for 2018** $25 ____________________

Deduct $10 if you bring auction item ____________________

TOTAL: $ ________________________


Please make check payable to NRBA. Mail to: Andy Olds, PO Box 312, Livingston, MT 59047


DISCLOSURE/ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I hereby acknowledge that by attending the Spring 2018 NRBA Conference, I assume all risks, hazards for myself and those under 18 (minors) accompanying me. This includes but is not limited to all risks, hazards and dangers that are present on the property by reason of its location, the terrain, and various equipment located on the property. By signing below, I specifically waive and release NRBA, its Board, Members, David and Debbie Osmundsen, their company, employees and family from any liability, loss, injury or damage (personal or property) to me, and minors accompanying me. I understand that minors and non-blacksmiths are not allowed in the forging area and may not use forging equipment. All per-sons are required to have and use eye and hearing protection while in the forging or viewing area.

All Adults must sign for themselves and each minor

Signature, Printed Name and Date, (adult)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Signature, Printed Name and Date (under 18)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Signature, Printed Name and Date (under 18)________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


**If not previously paid. NRBA Membership is open to all who support the goals and activities of the NRBA. All memberships are family memberships. Benefits include free newsletter subscription, use of the NRBA library, and notifications of NRBA conferences.



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