Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
 The Guild of Metalsmiths 33rd Annual
2010 Fall Conference


This is a courtesy announcement about The Guild of Metalsmiths 2010
33rd Annual Fall Conference
Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

Rome H. Hutchings,
ABANA Member Services

The Guild of Metalsmiths 2010 Fall Conference

Featured Demonstrators:

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson discusses design features and concept
Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson:

Doug has been a metalsmith since 1972, operating his forge on Little Deer Isle, Maine, since 1981. He produces primarily commissioned work, functional, architectural and sculptural; contemporary designs utilizing traditional joinery.

Doug has demonstrated and taught basic through advanced forging, drawing and design workshops and how to make proposals to clients and client relations for nearly thirty years throughout the U.S. and Canada, including workshops at Haystack, Penland, Peters Valley, Campbell Folk School, numerous ABANA chapter events and six ABANA national conferences.

Doug's work has been included in numerous national exhibitions and publications including The Contemporary Blacksmith, Fireplace Accessories, Anvil's Ring, and Metalsmith Magazine.

Steve Parker

Steve Parker forging on the Big Hammer
Steve Parker

Steve Parker:

"In 1987 I attended my first Hammer-in. Clifton Ralph happened to be there and I got to meet him.  While watching the demo, Clifton mentioned that he worked in the steel mill, and had for many years.  I could tell that he really knew his trade.  I sat down next to him and we talked a bit prior to the demonstration resuming.

Clifton was very open to teaching others what he knew.   I guess he took a liking to me, since he did not run me off.  I was as green as green could be when I went there for that hammer-in.  He invited me to come to a hammer-in that he and his wife Joann used to put on every summer.  I went to that hammer-in and from then on.  Over the next few years I was fortunate enough to be able work with Clifton many times in his home shop.  I was hooked on blacksmithing and, in particular, what could be done with a power hammer and some tools.

In 1991 I applied for a job as a blacksmith for a forging company. My main job was to make tongs of all kinds for the production forge shop.  This is a closed-impression die-forging shop.  We forge all kinds of gear blanks and many other different-shaped parts for companies like Caterpiller, John Deere, as well as the oil and gas industry and aerospace applications, just to name a few.  I also do quite a bit of repair work for the company.

The demo will include forging tongs and tools, and much more.  Come and watch. I will try and show you some of what I have learned from Clifton and others and from just doing the job 5 days a week for the last 16 years.  I will cover some basic forging principles that are used every day whether your working at the anvil or the power hammer."

Little Log House Antique Power Show Grounds, Hastings, Minnesota
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Registration Information:

Contact Al Lindholm
Phone: (715) 4839540

or visit our website at

Schedule of Events

Friday September 17th

10:00am General Conference Setup
11:00am Gallery Setup
Tailgate Corral opens late afternoon*
5:00pm Pot Luck Supper!
Slide Shows by Demonstrators and
Gala Party/Gallery Opening After Supper

Saturday September 18th

7:30am Registration / Sales Desk Opens
9:00am Silent Auction Opens
9:00am - 12:00am Demonstrations
9:00am - 12:00am Family Activities
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 4:00pm Demonstrations
4:30pm Silent Auction ends -- items to be paid by 5:00pm
5:00pm Supper
6:30pm Live Auction begins!

Sunday September 19th

7:30am Registration / Sales Desk Opens
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am - 12:00am Demonstrations
8:30am - 12:00am Family Activities
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm - 3:00pm Demonstrations
3:15pm Closing/Cleanup

*Tailgater's fee -- One item donated for Auction

The Guild of Metalsmiths is fortunate to be able to hold the Conference in such charmings surroundings. Please show your appreciation by being respectful of the property and equipment of the Little Log House grounds. Please observe "quiet time" after 10:00pm. If you observe any problems, inform one of the Program Committee members.

Family Activities

Making a Knife Sheath Class
By Johan Potgieter of Tandy Leather.
Bring your own knife with up to a 4" blade.
$25 material fee (pay at conference registration)

Stacked Brick Wood Oven Building Class
By David Cargo. How to build and bake.

Broom Making Class
Saturday with Mark Jackson and Sheri Stanaitis.
$15.00 Material fee (pay at conference registration).

Intro to Altoid Tin Repousse'
Saturday with Kate Cramer
Tins & Tools Provided -- Free

Unfinished Projects
Saturday with Sheri Stanaitis. Bring an unfinished
project and join us. Call Sheri @ 715-698-2895 for info.

Found Art Sculpture
Saturday with Herb Fick, Don Hammer, Dillon Allen, Ben Groves, and Dan Pate

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Thanks and we hope to hear from you soon!.

Rome Hutchings
Rome H. Hutchings,
ABANA  Member Services