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Tidewater Blacksmith's Guild, Inc. Mission Statement

The Tidewater Blacksmith's Guild is dedicated to preserving the craft of blacksmithing and to increasing public awareness of the history of blacksmithing while at the same time demonstrating that in this automated machine world, things hand made still exist and remain objects of art. The Tidewater Blacksmith's Guild is a local member organization charted under the Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America Inc. (ABANA), a non-profit organization.

Board of Directors Meetings will be the Second Thursday of each month
Our Next Meeting

November's TBG Meeting

Sunday, November 19th, 2017 11 AM - 4 PM

Island Farm c.1847
1140 N US Hwy 64, Manteo, North Carolina 27954
(252) 473-6500

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Randy Hodges will be our gracious host once again for the November meeting. Please read all the fun things Randy has planned in his words below and be prepared to participate and have a good time. Bring the family to see how life use to be with farm animals and crops. Don't forget to bring some food to share and your iron in the hat contribution.

11 am to 1 pm
Demonstration by Ben Noffsinger
Ben is a professional bladesmith specializing in custom chef knives. In 2017 he has won an honorable mention in the "Made in NC" award competition put on by OUR STATE magazine. Ben is a local Outer Banks guy; he grew up in Manteo (and was even on Mary Ann Hodges' soccer team at Manteo Middle School back in the mid-90's). Ben left the OBX to go to school, learn to be a chef, learn to be a blacksmith, and to start his custom knife making business. Recently he has returned to the OBX with his young family and his business and he currently operates his forge in Kill Devil Hills. Not sure right now what his demo will be, but it should be a great time to learn from a smith who makes his living making knives. Check out Ben and his work at www.nafzgerforge@gmail.com Update: The demo will be making a Japanese-style culinary knife involving forge welding a tool steel edge to a mild steel back.

1 pm to 2 pm
Lunch and "Iron in da Hat"
The main course for lunch will be our tradition - Miss Charlene's Seafood Stew - prepared in the Farm cook house. Drinks and chips and such will be provided. Guild members are asked to bring a dessert to share. IRON IN DA HAT will commence once everybody has gotten something to eat.

2 pm to 2:30 pm
Demonstration by Randy Hodges
Randy will make a treble clef wall hook using a gig he designed. The treble clef is one of the most recognizable symbols of "music" and is always a favorite gift for your musician friends or your child's music teacher. Randy will explain the symbol and show how he makes his wall hooks (a bestseller).

2:30 pm to 4 pm
Forging Contest
Treble Clef Wall Hook
The challenge is to make a wall hook in the shape of a treble clef. The requirements are simple - it must look like a treble clef and it must function as a wall hook. The rules are pretty loose - you can make one ahead of time or you can make one at the meeting. It can be any size. Trophies (or some prize) will be awarded to the top three places by the judges, who will make their choices based solely on which ones they like best. Our hosts at the Island Farm, Gene & Charlene Staples, will be our judges. (Randy Hodges will be neither competitor or judge in this contest; he will just be the peanut gallery.)

All day long
Nail Tree Project
The Island Farm continues to use the Nail Tree we started at our first meeting there as a feature of their blacksmith shop to help show what smiths can do. Please consider making a piece of ironwork that can hammered into the tree (ie. a nail in it's broadest definition). You can bring it with you or make it during the meeting. If you already have a nail in the tree, it would be cool to make another one.

2nd Wednesday each month is Open Forge,
6PM to 9PM at Don Robertson's Shop
801 Butler Street , Unit 19, Chesapeake Virginia 23323

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