Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Mid Atlantic Smiths Association 6th Annual Bill Gichner Memorial Hammer-In
Arizona Artists Blacksmith Association Demo and
Workshop - with Caleb Kullman


This is a courtesy announcement on two events coming up soon.  Please forward
this to anyone you think might be interested.

Rome H. Hutchings, ABANA President
Chairman, ABANA Membership Services
Mid Atlantic Smiths Association
6th Annual Bill Gichner Memorial Hammer-In
January 8- 9-10, 2010

Location: Hutchison Brothers' Farm, 11006 Lewistown Road, Cordova MD 21625
For Directions visit this Link:

Featured demonstrators: Masters In Wrought Iron - Pat Livengood and
Kim Thomas.  Visit their Website:                             

NOTE! Due to space and safety reasons this year we will not have an Iron In The Hat

Please bring Items for the auction!  Again this year, each registered attendee will
receive a chance to win a special forged item.

Registration Cost: $60 per person
Includes 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners, Coffee & Donuts Because of space limitations, registration is Required

Don't forget the Annual Membership Meeting & Elections on Friday night after dinner.

Cost $60 per person includes meals - $80 after January 1, 2010



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Cost per person $60 X ________ = Total  $________________
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Please Fill out this form and send with funds to,
JoAnn Bentley
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough,TN 37659
Arizona Artists Blacksmith Association will host Caleb Kullman for a two day Demo and three day workshop at Saguaro Ranch, Glendale AZ.

Demo January 16, 17, 2010
During the two day demo, I would like to explore how we as blacksmiths develop designs and bring our projects from concept through to completion of production. I will show how I arrive at design concepts and ideas and take them from the drawing board to the anvil. The demonstration will focus on creating current, contemporary designs that draw inspiration from the natural world, the built environment and the works of previous masters. I will show how these designs can be built while remaining true to our craft by highlighting traditional blacksmithing methods. Most of the demo will involve forging technique with small forays into discussions of design theory.  If possible, I can incorporate a slide presentation of my work and my trip to Nigeria and time spent with Yoruba smiths into an evening session.
Workshop January 18, 19, 20, 2010
For the three day class I would like to focus on innovating with joinery. Using the topics covered in the demo as a foundation, I would like to spend the class time developing new approaches to old methods of joinery. We will cover 5 different joinery techniques over the three day class. I plan to spend a full day on mortise and tenon joints and a half day on each of the following topics: wedge joinery, collars, forge welding, and rivets. We will build small items such as fireplace tools, door and cabinet pulls, and architectural elements using these different techniques. I will give the students general design parameters and let them fill in details to incorporate some design practice into the class.

For an overview visit these Website Links:
Workshop fee $300.00 Limited to 10 students.
Must be a current AABA member to participate in this special class.  The cost
of a one year membership is $30, ask "Grizz" for more information on AABA
For more info contact:
Rodger "GRIZZ" LaBrash
1329 W Lincoln         
Phoenix AZ 85007                                         
Shop Phone: (602) 716-9660

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Thanks and we hope to hear from you soon!.

Rome Hutchings
Rome H. Hutchings, Member Services Chair