The April MFC meeting was a great success. Many crosses were forged after some great demonstrations on how to make the varying styles of the forged cross. See some pics below from the meeting.
Please note, we are late getting this information to you but here ‘tis. The Mississippi Forge Council Annual Conference will be held at Stan & Lyle's shop in Mendenhall, MS. Memorial Day Weekend starting Thursday May 25 and 26. There will be hands-on classes with our featured demonstrators, Alan and Jeff Lee of Steephollow Forge in Bryan Texas. Check out their web site http://www.steepforge.com/ . These guys have a lot to offer. The classes, and the demonstrations, will be on the unique, easier to produce items like the mason jar handle, etc. Some really cool stuff you will be able to learn and do yourself. We will have one day classes on the 25th and 26th and will be able to accommodate 10 participants on each day. The cost will be $75 for the day and this will include the material. You will need to bring your own tools if you have them, if not, let us know and we should be able to accommodate you. The actual conference will start Saturday the 27th with Alan and Jeff demonstrating all day. Sunday the 28th will be a laid back, informal meeting where we can spend time with the Alan and Jeff and even get in the forge to work through some techniques. This always a fun and informative day. Food will be available both days. We will have more information in the coming days and weeks. If possible, make plans to join us!
This month's meeting for April 15 will be Easter-themed in that the demo will be about how to make the split cross. There will be an Iron in the Hat as usual and open forge time after the demo. Several MFC members are bringing crosses that they made to show, if you have a style of split cross you'd like to show please bring one! Meeting begins at 9am at the MS Ag museum in Jackson.
Just a reminder, our neighboring Forge Council in Alabama is hosting the annual Batson Bladesmithing Symposium in Tannehill State Park this weekend April 7-9. If you're even REMOTELY interested in making knives, this is a must do event. Check this link for more information: http://www.alaforge.org/files/2017_BATSON_Blade_Symposium_Final2.pdf
MFC Member Dustin Julio Hearst has had a batch of very nice striking anvil plates made up. They're 2"x5"x12" mild steel blocks with 1"-11/16" hardy holes that have been expertly cut by a water jet. He will ship anywhere in the USA for $120 He has also offered to fabricate a stand for local MFC members for a total of 300$ for stand and anvil plate together. Check out his Facebook page for more info here.
The March MFC meeting was a big success. MFC President Stan Bryant put on a demonstration on making farrier-style bolt tongs and there were a lot of new members that came to spend time in the forges. The Iron in the Hat was loaded with custom art items, useful materials, hammers, and the demo tongs. Several members spent time in the forges helping new members hammer on hot steel and after the meeting there were fireplace pokers, knives and other items being made. As mentioned today, the MFC is looking for people to demonstrate at the monthly meetings. Don’t be afraid to step up and show us YOUR method for doing something. Even if you think it’s simple, or unimportant it just might spark something in other members by seeing your method of forging. Also, if anyone has pictures or video from the meeting today please let us know via the contact page here on the website so that we can share them here. Next meeting is April 15. See you then!
Don't forget! On Saturday March 18, 2017 Stan Bryant will be demonstrating how to make tongs at the next MS Forge Council Meeting at the McIntosh Blacksmith shop at the MS Ag Museum. This has been one of the most requested demos so come watch, bring a friend. Don't forget to bring items for iron in the hat! Meeting starts at 9 and following Stan's tong-making demo the forges will be open for anyone interested in trying their hand at blacksmithing.
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