AGM – 22 Sept 2016

COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
 
The AGM Nomination form enables you (as a financial member) to nominate either yourself or another member to a position, or positions on the committee, for the 2016-2017 year.
 
If you are able to, fill out the WORD© version and post the attached file(s) to Chris Carter at cbcarter7@bigpond.com
If you nominate multiple people to various positions, please make each nomination a separate document file.
 
The alternative way to nominate is to print off blank copies, fill them out by hand and return them by mail to our post box at :-
 
The Secretary
PO BOX 430
BLACKSWOOD
SA 5051
Please have the mail forms in the mail a week before the AGM, so that they can be collected and counted.
Any late post arrivals will not be counted.
 
As discussed in the attached Minutes, we are wanting to make a couple of changes to the Constitution.
 

Proposed Constitution Changes – 

1. Proposed by B.Dreyer

Simplifying the Full and Associate membership requirements.

2. Proposed by B.Dreyer

Bringing forward the A.G.M. date to August of the new financial year to bring our association into line with other associations present at Penfield.
3. Proposed by H.French
The requirement under 6.2 APPOINTMENT of the Constitution be amended under section 6.2 (a) to allow for “at least eight Officers”. This would allow the committee structure to grow with the association.
These items will be subject to discussion and vote at the AGM, to be held on the September 22nd 2016. The General meeting will follow on after.
This is our most important meeting, so please attend if possible. 
 
If you have any questions regarding the content discussed, please contact Rob Kenning before September 17th.

All Steamed Up 2016

“All Steamed Up” Event at Mannum

A gathering of working Blacksmiths in South Australia

With guest Blacksmiths from England

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November

REGISTER NOW to Participate 

 

An invitation is being extended to blacksmiths to join in this the second “All Steamed Up” at Mannum and the re-commissioning of the PS Mayflower.

This event brings together the largest gathering of blacksmiths in South Australia. This gathering is being fully supported by the MANNUM DOCK MUSEUM who are the primary movers of this event. The ARTIST BLACKSMITHS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA is working in full cooperation with the Museum to ensure that the event is a success. This is an opportunity to once again demonstrate that this wonderful age old craft is still very much alive. It should also be noted that Mannum commenced as a large blacksmithing community in the days of the Shearer Brothers who made agricultural machinery.

Every effort has been made to keep the costs down for attending blacksmiths and allow them to enjoy themselves and two days of forging. The following is what has been agreed to provide to each participating blacksmith:

  • A single ticket to for the B-B-Q dinner to be held on Saturday 19th . An extra ticket per blacksmith can be purchased at a cost of $20.00 if you would like to bring your partner.
  • Accommodation will be provided on the PS Marion for the weekend. There are 14 double cabins (bunk beds) so there may be a need to share a room. All bedding will be provided, however cabins will need to be locked as the PS Marion will be offering cruises on Saturday and Sunday. If bringing a partner we must be notified. As there is only a limited number of cabins and they will be allocated on a first in basis.
  • Extra accommodation is currently being investigated and notification of this will be forwarded as soon as available.
  • Forges, anvils, vices and steel will be provided. Personal forges can be used, please advise if bringing your own. Tools to be provided by individual blacksmiths.
  • Optional catering: BBQ tea Friday 18th, breakfast Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th for a cost of $50.00 per person (not compulsory).
  • Morning and afternoon tea will be provided for all participating blacksmiths.
  • Event registration and accommodation closes 17th October 2016 :

REGISTER NOW to Participate 

 

Hope you can join the Artist Blacksmiths Assoc SA Inc and the Mannum Dock Museum to make this event very special for the State and to relive the town’s blacksmith origins.

2017 Fees now due

Hi to all ABASA members,
Membership fees for ABASA are now due for the 2016 -2017 Financial year.
At our latest committee meeting held on the 16th of June, the committee members were appraised of our financial situation
for the coming year. With the decline in fund raising totals and the forecasted expenses we will incur in the new financial year, the committee
has voted in favour of applying a modest increase to the membership fees.
The fees for membership this financial year 2016-2017 shall be $120 for Full Membership and $90 for Associate membership.
The fee increase will be raised as an item at the AGM with a full explanation of our financial status by the Treasurer.
It may be helpful for you to know that ABASA only benefits from a small residual amount of the membership fees after AMSA Insurance
and Penfield Sports Association membership fees are subtracted. Something to the tune of $25 for full members and
less for Associates. As you can see, we are trying to operate on a very small amount of monies from our membership.
With the ongoing development of our new forge building and potentially higher operating costs for power and lighting, we need to
be very careful in ensuring that we remain solvent financially in the coming year and the future.
Your support is critical to the success of our association and we thank you each and everyone of you for your past support as a member.
For your convenience, you can pay your membership via BSB
The BSB Account number is 065-145
The Account number is 10331860 and the Account name is ‘ Artist Blacksmith SA’
Don’t forget to include your name and reason e.g. MBRSHP , so we know who has paid in.
Best Regards,
Rob Kenning
Secretary
A.B.A.S.A Inc

A.B.A.S.A. News

April 3rd 2016

COMING EVENTS

Even though the weather is cooling it is just warming up for us. We have a few events to cover and I hope everyone is appraised of what’s coming up in the next few months.

THE NEW FORGE

Our new forge at Penfield is progressing slowly and we should have a floor in the new building in the next few weeks. A ‘Little Giant’ power hammer is awaiting collection and will be a good addition to the forge. There is still a fair way to go with the outfitting of the building with lighting, power and extraction, but I’m sure we will get it done in good time.

BASIC COURSES

The Basic courses seem to be filling out pretty quickly once they are given a date. Many thanks due to John Fergus for giving up his valuable time to hold these courses. The students get a good grounding in the basics and have a bit of fun along the way.

THE BELLOWS NEWSLETTER

As most of you may know, I have  decided to finish publishing a three monthly newsletter and instead, hope to put the latest news straight onto this site. It was a lot of time and work to do the newsletter, with most of the topics out of date by the time it was all put together.

We are fortunate to receive newsletters from our colleagues interstate and overseas. I marvel at how they put together such fantastic newsletters as regular as clockwork. I have to admit, it is beyond my capabilities to match them.

THE WEBSITE

I hope you find the site useful. We are very fortunate to have a  talented member like Hugh French to develop this site. I have yet to see a blacksmiths site like this anywhere, and we are only in first gear. There are a lot of additions planned down the track, including eCommerce capability and room for members to run their own sections on the site. I hope to develop training material, reference material, as well as a library list of our books and DVD’s we have available.

I am hopeful we can have our members establish their own ‘Members Bio’ page. Chris Fuller has kicked off the trend and I hope we can coax a few more of you to show off your work and give a background in how you got into the  addictive craft of blacksmithing.

May 5th 2016

BASIC BLACKSMITH COURSE No.6

This course started on Sunday, March 20th and finished on Wednesday, April 27th. We had six on the course and John had Brian helping out most nights along with Chris C.

By all reports, the course went very well and a few of the troops even managed to forge out some poppy flowers as a learning exercise.

Here are a few shots of the students.

Paul fullering a flower petal.
Paul fullering a flower petal.
Trevor working on a poppy flower.
Trevor working on a poppy flower.
Lorenzo working on a new forging.
Lorenzo working on a new forging.
Richard, making arrow points.
Richard, making arrow points.
Greg. Not playing around with the small stuff.
Greg. Not playing around with the small stuff.
Treasurer, Brian Dreyer giving some tips to Greg.
Treasurer, Brian Dreyer giving some tips to Greg.
There were plenty of Poppy blanks to practice on.
There were plenty of Poppy blanks to practice on.
Tim, hard at it.
Tim, hard at it.

Well done to all involved in this course. We’d be happy to have them as members.

The next Basic course is due to start with an Introductory Day  on Sunday 22nd, May and has 5 students booked already.

 

ABASA News April 2016

RIVERTON

We had a top day at Riverton on Sunday 10th. The new forge has come up really well after the reno’s. More light, space and safety all round.

It has been a long time coming, as our long term members would know, so I hope we can sustain a presence up there once a month.

If you haven’t been up there yet, I can highly recommend you drive up for a visit and have a go. From my place in the hills, it is the same distance as driving to Tailem Bend.

KAPUNDA

Haven’t heard the outcome of Kapunda Farm Fair as yet, but from what I have been told, it was pretty successful.

WORKING BEES

With the rain and showers of late, the carpet weeds are going berserk at Penfield. I reckon we need to keep on top of them when we get a chance, and then there’s the ant nests springing up. Hopefully, I have stopped the mice getting into the tea trolley. It now has a stainless steel base added to prevent them climbing up the legs.

STEEL STOCK

We now have some steel stock in various sizes that we are purchasing. The materials come in 2-meter lengths. The price list is pinned to the notice board, so you will be asked to purchase a 2-meter length and take home what you don’t use for another day.

LOCKING UP THE FORGE

Just a note to the keyholders who come out to Penfield. Can you make sure you engage the door into the guide channels when you lock up, otherwise the door lock binds and makes it hard to unlock for the next session

I guess there will be more to add at the end of the month.

 

2016 ABASA News Articles

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the latest news.

April  2016

COMING EVENTS

Even though the weather is cooling it is just warming up for us. We have a few events to cover and I hope everyone is appraised of what’s coming up in the next few months.

THE NEW FORGE

Our new forge at Penfield is progressing slowly and we should have a floor in the new building in the next few weeks. A ‘Little Giant’ power hammer is awaiting collection and will be a good addition to the forge. There is still a fair way to go with the outfitting of the building with lighting, power and extraction, but I’m sure we will get it done in good time.

BASIC COURSES

The Basic courses seem to be filling out pretty quickly once they are given a date. Many thanks due to John Fergus for giving up his valuable time to hold these courses. The students get a good grounding in the basics and have a bit of fun along the way.

THE BELLOWS NEWSLETTER

As most of you may know, I have  decided to finish publishing a three monthly newsletter and instead, hope to put the latest news straight onto this site. It was a lot of time and work to do the newsletter, with most of the topics out of date by the time it was all put together.

We are fortunate to receive newsletters from our colleagues interstate and overseas. I marvel at how they put together such fantastic newsletters as regular as clockwork. I have to admit, it is beyond my capabilities to match them.

THE WEBSITE

I hope you find the site useful. We are very fortunate to have a  talented member like Hugh French to develop this site. I have yet to see a blacksmiths site like this anywhere, and we are only in first gear. There are a lot of additions planned down the track, including eCommerce capability and room for members to run their own sections on the site. I hope to develop training material, reference material, as well as a library list of our books and DVD’s we have available.

I am hopeful we can have our members establish their own ‘Members Bio’ page. Chris Fuller has kicked off the trend and I hope we can coax a few more of you to show off your work and give a background in how you got into the  addictive craft of blacksmithing.

 

 

MAD MARCH IS OVER

Our first event of the season went off pretty well at Karoonda. Have a read of the article under Country Events. I will be posting news reports of the events as soon as they occur. I may not be able to attend them all, so if I can get a story and some photo’s from those that attend, I will do my best to place it in the Country Events section. If you do go out to these events, and I hope you can, please help us out by taking a few shots on the day.

NEW FORGE PROGRESS

The new forge building is progressing slowly but surely. A new floor will be poured in the next few weeks which will allow us to install a second power hammer and begin the process of installing wiring, light’s and extraction. With November creeping up at a rapid rate, we will need the forge ready to go for our spin-off workshops after the huge Mannum All Steamed Up Event.

THE NEW WEBSITE

I hope everyone that has logged on and browsed the site, have found it informative and enlightening. We have a few more additions coming in the near future, including eCommerce, Training materials, Reference material and the latest news of happening in and around the state.

As a member of ABASA you will have the option of having a bio page to host photos and information on yourself and your work. Thanks to Chris Fuller for kicking off the Members Bio. Chris turns out some amazing work.

Naturally, all the data is updatable. You can add to or subtract any images and information you desire relevant to blacksmithing.

Don’t forget to check out the current events on the calendar. We also have the minutes of each meeting posted for members as well as the rosters for Penfield and Angaston.

BASIC BLACKSMITH COURSE

Undoubtedly the best value course available in SA. John Fergus has a great talent for teaching new smiths and helping them achieve their desired results. The courses fill at a blistering rate once they are announced, with quite a few students going on to become valued members of our association.

MONTHLY BLACKSMITH MEETINGS

It is good to see a huge show of members coming to the meetings each month. I thought the meetings would quieten down a bit after all these years, but there is so much going on, I can’t see the agenda getting thin any time soon.

THE BELLOWS

As some of you may be aware, I am not planning on doing any more ‘Bellows’newsletters in the future. I’m quite proud of what we have produced, but with this new site in development, I can publish the content on site as it happens instead of stacking it in folders for three months.

I’m hopeful our past contributors can continue to support us in the future as they have done with ‘The Bellows’

If you have an idea for an interesting article, give us a call and we’ll see what we can flesh out.

RIVERTON

We had a top day at Riverton on Sunday 10th. The new forge has come up really well after the reno’s. More light, space and safety all round.

It has been a long time coming, as our long term members would know, so I hope we can sustain a presence up there once a month.

If you haven’t been up there yet, I can highly recommend you drive up for a visit and have a go. From my place in the hills, it is the same distance as driving to Tailem Bend.

KAPUNDA

Haven’t heard the outcome of Kapunda Farm Fair as yet, but from what I have been told, it was pretty successful.

WORKING BEES

With the rain and showers of late, the carpet weeds are going berserk at Penfield. I reckon we need to keep on top of them when we get a chance, and then there’s the ant nests springing up. Hopefully, I have stopped the mice getting into the tea trolley. It now has a stainless steel base added to prevent them climbing up the legs.

STEEL STOCK

We now have some steel stock in various sizes that we are purchasing. The materials come in 2-meter lengths. The price list is pinned to the notice board, so you will be asked to purchase a 2-meter length and take home what you don’t use for another day.

LOCKING UP THE FORGE

Just a note to the keyholders who come out to Penfield. Can you make sure you engage the door into the guide channels when you lock up, otherwise the door lock binds and makes it hard to unlock for the next session.

 

May  

BASIC BLACKSMITH COURSE No.6

This course started on Sunday, March 20th and finished on Wednesday, April 27th. We had six on the course and John had Brian helping out most nights along with Chris C.

By all reports, the course went very well and a few of the troops even managed to forge out some poppy flowers as a learning exercise.

Here are a few shots of the students.

Paul fullering a flower petal.
Paul fullering a flower petal.
Trevor working on a poppy flower.
Trevor working on a poppy flower.
Lorenzo working on a new forging.
Lorenzo working on a new forging.
Richard, making arrow points.
Richard, making arrow points.
Greg. Not playing around with the small stuff.
Greg. Not playing around with the small stuff.
Treasurer, Brian Dreyer giving some tips to Greg.
Treasurer, Brian Dreyer giving some tips to Greg.
There were plenty of Poppy blanks to practice on.
There were plenty of Poppy blanks to practice on.
Tim, hard at it.
Tim, hard at it.

Well done to all involved in this course. We’d be happy to have them as members.

The next Basic course is due to start with an Introductory Day  on Sunday 22nd, May and has 5 students booked already.

October 

A lot of activity at Penfield this month with the Massey bolted down and electrics sorted out.

THE BLOCK

The yard has had a decent cleanup during the last busy bee. As nature abhors a vacuum and doesn’t appreciate ‘tidy’,we had a gumtree come down at the front (main road) of the block. It is’nt causing any problems and one of our members is keen to have a crack at taking it away for firewood.

BASIC BLACKSMITH COURSES

The Basic Blacksmith courses have finished up for the year. It was great to be able to run two courses each week and we managed to get a few more smiths smitten by the fire and anvil. Our plan is to hold the next course in March next year and run a stream of courses each six weeks over 2017. The instructors will be John Fergus and Chris Fuller. Both very accomplished smiths and great teachers of the craft.

MANNUM ALL STEAMED UP 2016

Mannum ‘All Steamed Up’ is rolling up fast. The gear to be transported to Mannum on the 12th of November will be sorted out tomorrow (Tuesday 1st).

Let’s hope the weather and river levels play nice. At least the ladies will be all geared up to present a catering event to be remembered.

The ‘Marion’ is solidly booked and I wouldn’t be surprised if the hotel and motel are running at capacity as well. It should be a fantastic event this year and having Terrance and Rebecca over from the UK will add a new exciting dimension to the festivities.

MASTERCLASSES post Mannum

The following weekend after will see the Masterclasses happen at Penfield over both days. That should prove very interesting for all concerned. Jen and I are catering that as well, so I am looking forward to seeing how everyone progresses through the tasks.

I hope everyone has a great time over November and I look forward to being there with you.

November 2016

Our attendance at Mannum’All Steamed Up’ was a success. We had a few hiccups but will be better prepared for the next event in 2018.

Our overseas guests worked long and hard at making the event and the subsequent Penfield workshops a success.

Terrance Clark and his very talented daughter, Rebecca Knott taught us all many skills in the art of stamp making and hammering nails into a block of wood with the cross pein of a small hammer, among many other things. We had a great time putting together a magnificent sculpture, depicting the Murray River and the elements that make up the river system.

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The blacksmiths at the event that were not involved with the project were busy making items for the competition. The pieces included fire poker, door handle and bottle openers.

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During the course of the event, our very own catering crew, led by Jeanette Kenning, prepared the evening meals and breakfasts a plenty. The ladies did a fantastic job.

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Catherine cooking up a storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For our members involved in the logistics, it was a four-day stretch. The Friday involved the setting up of the equipment and catering. The Saturday was dedicated to getting the project off to a good start and Sunday was the finishing up and judging of the best panel section along with the hand forged items .

Monday was the pack up day. The Mannum Council kindly made a truck available to transport the bulk of the gear back to base.

The following weekend saw us at Penfield. Terrance and Rebecca were holding 3 workshops over the weekend featuring mortise and tenon forging, punch design and forging and sledgehammer technique.

There was also a bit of work undertaken on the project to get it to a completed stage. We now have a big cleanup ahead of us before the Advanced courses begin shortly. Des Mumme is holding workshops over the next few days involving the forging and construction of bench seats. There are a swag of members involved so it should be an interesting couple of weeks.

The Editors Blog

Hello to all our members and friends in the blacksmithing world.

Welcome to our new website. I trust you will have an easy and rewarding experience purveying the pages and getting the information and news you require.

I would like to give many thanks to Hugh for developing this site and the beta testers for ironing out  the bugs. It is a massive improvement over my feeble attempts with the old site.

We plan to make this the most comprehensive Australian  site on all things Blacksmithing, and will be inviting input from all of our members and  friends down the track.

I hope you enjoy our web pages and continue to surf the contents on a regular basis. If you have any problems, I’m never too far away.

 

Rob Kenning

Secretary A.B.A.S.A.

A blog Post

Hi All,
This is an example blog post to let everyone know what we have been up to.

Rob Kenning and I have been squirreling away at producing this site to enhance the online services that we as an association can offer ABASA members. We still need the facility to have an open public web site where we can advertise our activities, but we also wanted the ability to cater for more members only content that can be controlled via a membership login.

We hope that we can offer useful material both on the activities of the Association and resource materials on the craft of Blacksmithing. Please comment and add to the discussion on what you would like to see added to our site. If you have seen something online that you think would go well here, then let us know. This site is intended to grow with content and new features as well.

In my world life is simple:
The answer is Yes! – What’s your Question?

To comment: Click on the title of this post
Enjoy!

Cheers Hugh

Artist Blacksmiths Association South Australia

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