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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