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Just to keep the interest up, this can be yours for one dollar if you're lucky at iron in the hat:

 

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AND I WON IT!!!!! IT'S MINE... ALLLL MIIIIIIINNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEE.

 

I'm sorry. That was my inside voice. I am never that lucky at the Iron In The Hat, though, and while I usually pull a couple nice things like wood or steel, I've never won a fine finished piece before, and I'm still giddy as I look at it in a place of honor on the wall of my home office.

 

Thank you, Alan, for putting it up in the first place, and to everyone who made it a great weekend despite the rain, somewhat unorganized demo schedule, and not enough cokes in the cooler.

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Remind me to get more tickets for the iron in the hat next year if Chris is around.

It was a slightly damp good time. Great to see everyone there.

 

These are a couple pics from Alan's spiked axe demo.

 

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Alan talking with Wayne. Wayne's forge using a ribbon burner performed beautifully through the weekend.

 

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Alan pensively contemplating the progress forging on his axe while Chris and George watch carefully.

 

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Torrential downpour.

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Great to see everyone again! It was an excellent hammer-in, as always. Kind of bummed it's over sitting here at my work desk.

 

See you all again next year. If not sooner.

 

Dan

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Torrential indeed! About that time I was standing in a half-inch of running water amidst electrical cords. :o Rain was blowing sideways through the covered area. I choose to blame the extra humidity for my weld failures, but it wouldn't be an Alan demo if I didn't screw something up. ;)

 

Here's a few of my pics.

 

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The scene from Chris's popup shelter on Friday. It was raining inside...

 

The real reason some of us go is to drool over authentic antique bowies:

 

 

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and to hear Mark Zalesky talk about them.

 

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Note Chris being all giddy to hold the same model Bowie owned by John Wilkes Booth.

 

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And of course, the friendship after hours.

 

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That's Chris and Jesus playing with my father's 1924 Model T Ford touring car.

 

It was a fun, if execrably wet, weekend.

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had a great time this weekend learning, talking, and being inspired to continue forward in this craft. more pictures on my flickr

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