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Gerald Boggs

ABANA Conference 2018, Richmond, Virginia

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Here's my plug for the ABANA conference next year in Richmond, Virginia. My involvement will be in the Teaching Tent. Taken from ABANA's page:

                                                                                                                                                   “ Teaching Tent

            Mark Aspery, Gerald Franklin, Darryl Nelson, John McLellan and Gerald Boggs will be leading the Teaching Tent with an expanded format that will give more attendees the opportunity to participate in this well-received program.

            The teaching tent will be dedicated to teaching the basics of blacksmithing, from Forge Welding, Tool Making (and heat treatment) to Punching and Drifting. There are a number of “Take Home” projects that will also appeal to the novice/intermediate smith, with Darryl Nelson leading a Bear’s Head workshop and Gerald Boggs leading a an Axe workshop. The workshops are arranged in 3 or 4 hour blocks with staggered starts, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm.

Competitions will be organized, for all levels, in the evenings 7-9pm – with a demonstration of the project before each start.

Each lesson starts with a one hour demo in the demo area. These demos will run for the first two hours of the morning and afternoon. Opening night will feature a short, fast paced, demo of 30 to 45 minutes from each instructor.” 

Things are still being worked out, but the last two conferences, we've had 20 forging stations in the tent and a separate demo tent. 

Photo of a style of Tomahawk I'll might be starting with, still working out the details. Along with Tomahawks, I'll be forging a Trade axe and maybe (time permitted) a belt axe. My approach will be that of a blacksmith/tool maker.

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Been working on samples and getting ready to forge my story board (had to decide on the flavor of tomahawk)  This one will likely be the one.  10 by 1 1/4 by 1/4 with a bit of high carbon (what doesn't matter, just whatever is in the shop and close to the size I need)  For the conference, we'll be providing 4140 for the bit.  It's a bit lower in carbon then I like, but the price is right.   Anyway, here it is, ready to meet the belt sander.

 

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So finally made my story board for the class.  As always, my target student is someone that has limited tooling,  therefor, all steps can be done at the anvil and vice.   OK, maybe I used my belt sander.  The three semi-finished just to help give folks ideas on what they might do.

 

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Those look familiar... ;)  Well done.

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The axe man cometh.

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It does seem pricey at first glance, but look at all that's being offered.  And if that doesn't entice you enough, there are one day passes for $100.

https://abana.org/conference/2018-richmond-va/conference-demonstrators/

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ABANA 2018 is over, I think it went well.  If I can blow my horn, the teaching tent rocked!   Some of the demos we had was standing room only.  We ran four classes a day, there were 20 forging stations and often we were two to a forge.  From Wednesday afternoon to Saturday at 1700, we had folks learning and having fun :-)  I really don't know how many came through, but it was a lot!

For the small part I played, I'm quite happy with how it went.  For the tomahawk class, we had planned on 10-15 smiths a day wanting to have a go.  On Saturday, we had over 50, sadly we could only accommodate 30.  We ran a second class on Saturday and had space for 13 more. 

Mark Aspery was lead instructor and if I might say, a little brutal in his work ethic :-)  We were up by 0545, on site by 0700 and only left the site once before 2130   Gerald Franklin, John McLellan, Bob Menard, Mark Aspery and myself made up the team of instructors. 

 

 

 

 

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On ‎7‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 5:08 AM, Gerald Boggs said:

ABANA 2018 is over, I think it went well.  If I can blow my horn, the teaching tent rocked!   Some of the demos we had was standing room only.  We ran four classes a day, there were 20 forging stations and often we were two to a forge.  From Wednesday afternoon to Saturday at 1700, we had folks learning and having fun :-)  I really don't know how many came through, but it was a lot!

For the small part I played, I'm quite happy with how it went.  For the tomahawk class, we had planned on 10-15 smiths a day wanting to have a go.  On Saturday, we had over 50, sadly we could only accommodate 30.  We ran a second class on Saturday and had space for 13 more. 

Mark Aspery was lead instructor and if I might say, a little brutal in his work ethic :-)  We were up by 0545, on site by 0700 and only left the site once before 2130   Gerald Franklin, John McLellan, Bob Menard, Mark Aspery and myself made up the team of instructors. 

Congrats Gerald. I hear the conference was another spectacular event. For those skeptics who balk at the price of admission, all I have to say is you obviously have never been to an ABANA conference before. The cost of admission is quite the deal when you consider how much you gain from an event like this. Quite frankly, if you don't have $300 to spend on yourself and advancing your skills, knowledge and network, well, I pity you. If we hadn't been in the midst of moving, we would have been there.

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I agree, some folks were in the teaching tent every day.  That means for the low price of $300, they might have done 7 workshops or if they only watched, 16 demos.

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Did anyone have a chance to try the power hammers by Ken Zitur that were there? Wish i had been able to go; someday i hope.

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On ‎7‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 12:52 PM, SteveShimanek said:

Did anyone have a chance to try the power hammers by Ken Zitur that were there? Wish i had been able to go; someday i hope.

An ABANA conference is kind of like a Grateful Dead show (used to be)...…..you don't really understand it until you go to one.

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2 hours ago, Joshua States said:

An ABANA conference is kind of like a Grateful Dead show (used to be)...…..you don't really understand it until you go to one.

You mean there's a bunch of stoned braless hippie chicks dancing around?

I'm in, when's the next One?

(That is of course based on the one Dead concert I went to in the 70s. If it's still the same chicks, never mind.)

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