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Volume 34 - Page 1 of 37 July 7, 2004
1998 Conference graphic A B A N A
Conference 2004
28th biannual Conference, 4th covered by the anvilfire NEWS.
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Late Additions! July 18, 2004
With over 200 photos this had been a record setting edition of the NEWS! Now we have added dozens more from the ABANA gallery photographed by Shane Curfman.
Additions. . . Page 31 -

Our 4th Conference! In 1998 when anvilfire was only months old we covered the ABANA conference in Asheville, NC and we participated in the East Coast vs. West Coast JYH event. Over the past 7 years to cover the NEWS for anvilfire I have traveled to several ABANA conferences, CanIron and many of the local/regional conferences such as BGoP's Spring Fling, the AFC converence and the Southeastern Regional Conference.

In 2000 Wallace Metal Work sponsored our conference attendance. This year Big BLU Hammers is paying our way. They are also bringing Uri Hofi to demonstrate the Big BLU!

  Richmond, KY - Eastern Kentucky University Campus.
It is only setup day yet a few vendors had demonstrations going on. Bob Bergman of Old World Anvils and KA Hammers demonstrated the KA hammer, Jere Kirkpatrick demonstrated his treadle hammers and the Henrob torch, and Uri Hofi demonstrated forging on the BigBLU using his system of crown dies. Uri held several demonstrations for capacity crowds.
Continued. . . Page 9

  Richmond, KY - Eastern Kentucky University Campus.
The official demonstrations started today as well as opening of the teaching station where you could get lessons from the likes of Peter Ross of Williamsburg. Under a blistering heat there was also full attendence at the Big Blu tent where Uri Hofi was demonstrating. His demonstrations ran under 10 pm last night and will do so again Friday.
Continued. . . Page 13

Stephen Bondi Passes:
Sunday May 30, 2004
Steven Bondi succumbed after a long illness and will be missed by family and friends alike. I met Steven two years ago when he would often come by my shop and graciously share his knowledge and expertise. He had a sharp wit and a dry humor that I enjoyed whenever he was around. He was a champion of Blacksmithing and traveled extensively to study and photograph ironwork.

The Blacksmithing community has lost a truly remarkable member.
- Tim Cisneros

Details from the community
Continued. . . Page 2

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Vol.1 (May-June 1998 - JYH)
Vol. 2 ABANA 1998 Conf
Vol. 3 Camp Fenby
Vol. 4 ABANA Late
Vol. 5 PABA Edition
Vol. 6 AFC Edition
Vol. 7 Virginia Edition
Vol. 8 Thanksgiving Edition
Vol. 9 New Year's 1999 Edition
Vol. 10 1st International Edition
Vol. 11 Gichners Iron Age Antiques
Vol. 12 Spring Fling, blowing the anvil
Vol. 13 Southeast Conference Part I
Vol. 14, CanIron II, Calgary, Canada
Vol. 16, Francis Whitaker, Eternal Flame
Vol. 17, Spring 2000 Edition
Vol. 18, Bill Pieh
Vol. 19, JYH Photo Contest
Vol. 20, June 2000 Knife Smposium
Vol. 21, ABANA 2000!
Vol. 22, October 2000 ABANA vs. FABA
Vol. 23, April 2001 Kiwi Case, Spring Fling
Vol. 24, June 2001 ABANA vs. SERBC, Southeast Conf
Vol. 25, May 2002 Camp Fenby, ABASA, CanIronIII
Vol. 26, June 2002 ABANA Conference
Vol. 27, September 2002 Epps Hammer-In
Vol. 28, Spring 2003 Events
Vol. 29, May 2003 WV Armour-In
Vol. 30, Southeast Conference
Vol. 31, 2003 SOFA Quad State Event
Vol. 32, 2004 NC-ABANA * Hammerfest
Vol. 33, 2004 WV Armour-In

Page 2 Stephan Bondi Passes
Page 3 Longship Company on History Channel
Page 4 - 6 Camp Fenby 2004
Page 7 Brass Casting at Fenby
Page 8 Camp Fenby 2003 (late posting)
Page 9 ABANA Conference Wednesday
Page 10-11  Uri Hofi - Big BLU Demo
Page 12  Babe and Rat Hole Anvil
Page 13   ABANA Conference Thursday
Page 15  More Uri Hofi
Page 16  Air Hammers with Penn Parmenter
Page 17 - 18  Cerny, Bruyninx and Stanek
Page 20   ABANA Conference Friday
Page 21  The Meticulous Smiths
Page 22  Friday Night Parties
Page 25   ABANA Conference Saturday
Page 26   About the Conference: Editorial
Page 27-29   Uri Hofi Big BLU Gallery
Page 30   Fort Boonsbourough, KY
Page 31 - 37+   The ABANA Gallery

Event Coverage Insert
Web Page Adoption Insert
Meilach call for Photos
Machine Design List

Daniel Cerny, Gert Bruyninx and Jan Stanek The hardest working and least appreciated demonstrators at the conference. Continued . . .
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Uri Hofi with results of dems Uri Hofi with the results of four days of demos using the Big BLU.

THE CONFERENCE: Started Tuesday night with a heavy rain storm and ended Saturday night with a heavy rain storm. In between it was miserably hot and humid, typical for summer time in most of the Central and Southern US.

Although it seemed well organized the conference facilities were much too spread out for some of us. The quarter mile hike and three flights of stairs to the cafeteria was too much for many of us in this weather. Although there was a scheduled bus I found many people waiting half hour or more in the merciless sun. The University (or ABANA) probably made out like a bandit on undelivered meals. I had a meal ticket for convienience but only used it once. Many others did the same. It is time that ABANA start looking for indoor venues such as the coliseums where monster car shows are put on. If these places air handling systems can take monster truck exhust and show pyrotectnics then they could take a little coal smoke.

As in the past many of the demonstrations were much too long and slow to enjoy. In the large tents all one could see is a piece of hot metal and something being done to it.

The Demonstrations. . . continued on page 26

Things we missed: Due to things being so spread out we missed many things. I had one chance to visit the indoor vendors after dinner one evening but they were closing down. I tried the gallery once (mid day) but it was closed. After a long day in the sun and with work to do I missed the evening events such as the Albert Paley slide show. To cover this size event and post on it in a timely fashion requires more than one person.

SAFETY at the CONFERENCE: A number of folks have commented on this and also I noticed it. This was the first ABANA conference I have been to that the safety folks were not making sure EVERY demonstrator wore safety glasses all the time. In the past they have been known to remove people from ABANA and their demonstrator's list if they were caught demonstrating without safety glasses. In Flagstaff I was thrown out of the teaching station while trying to take some photographs. This year the only time a station boss suggested safety glasses was during some forge welding in the Czech tent (where the demonstrators were not wearing safety glasses). Going through my photos I found most of the American demonstrators using safety glasses but many of the Europeans were not. . .
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