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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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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/

http://dwe6ja.attendify.io/

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