Spring & Fall Meets:
NEB FALL MEET - Sept 6-8
The New England Blacksmiths
Invite you to the NEB Fall Meeting
To be held on September 6-8, 2013 at the Brentwood Facility, our home away from home, in New Hampshire
“Mark Aspery Part Deux”
A return engagement featuring the National Grill Project
Since I have last demonstrated for the New England Smiths, I have taken on the job as editor for ABANA’s Hammer’s Blow magazine and written a third in my “how-to” series of books, this one about Traditional Joinery. It should be out in time for the September conference with copies available for purchase.
I have been involved with the ABANA education committee as it is trying to work out a National Curriculum.
I think that the single most important event that has improved my blacksmithing has been teaching it, either at the anvil or in book form – having to know the root of the skill or information.
At this time I do not do any regular commission blacksmithing, just the occasional small job, so I am a little out-of-touch with that side of the profession.
I will be demonstrating some elements of the National Curriculum grille project and taking an in-depth look at the tools and underpinning knowledge required to make it. The grille element will involve some scroll and leaf work (water leaves), collars and collaring vise, with some forge welding thrown in for good measure.
As usual for my demo’s, tools will factor highly in the content. The tools will include the leafing hammer, crimping stake (for the water leaves), a bottom swage with a complex design let into it (for the welded collar) and a forged collaring vise.
I hope to see you there, be safe in the interim. -Mark Aspery
NEB SPRING MEET - 2014
The NEB Spring meet is currently being planned - check back for more details