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Edition 37 - Page 1 of 13 February 15, 2005
Guru visits Costa Rican Blacksmiths
Cinder Cone Volcano in Arguas Zarcas de San Carlos Cinder cone volcano at Aguas Zarcas

Aguas Zarcas de San Carlos Costa Rica. For the second year I have spent part of February visiting friends in Costa Rica at their farm Finca Isla in Northern Costa Rica. If things work out I too may be moving here to take advantage of the mild climate and low cost of living.

On this year's trip I brought parts to build a gas forge and met with Johan Cubillos, a Venezuelan blacksmith living in San Jose. Johan is an engineer and student of Frank Turley. Johan introduced us to the last old time blacksmiths in the Central Valley and gave us a tour of better ironwork in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Continued. . . Page 2

My Daughter Molly played tourist during our visit. Climbing a giant strangler fig, hiking to the top of a volcano, photographing humming birds, touring a pineapple plantation and making friends along the way.

Continued. . . Page 11

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Book Review

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 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
Vol. 34, July 2004 ABANA Conference
Vol. 35, Power Hammer School, SOFA
Edt. 36, Bill Gichner passes, Keenjunk closes

Page 2 - 3  Johan Cubillos' Work and Shop
Page 4 - 5  Vargas Brothers
Page 6 - 9  Ironwork of Costa Rica
Page 10  Charcoal Making
Page 11 - 13  Molly's Vacation in Costa Rica

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Web Page Adoption Insert
Machine Design List

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Uri Hofi Blacksmithing
School - Israel trip
Dean Curfman of Big BLU Hammer Mfg Co. is organizing a trip to spend a week with Uri Hofi at his school in Israel. Don't miss this once in a life time adventure in learning.
Hofi Links
NEWS 34 Page 15  More Uri Hofi
NEWS 34 Page 10-11 Hofi - Big BLU Demo
Who is Uri Hofi  Big BLU hammer page article
NEWS 34 Page 27 Uri Hofi Big BLU Gallery
Uri Hofi at the 1999 NWBA Conference
Uri Hofi at CanIron II
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