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Volume 32 - Page 4 of 9 March 25, 2004
NC-ABANA Meet at Oak Hill Ironworks
The NC-ABANA meet at Oak Hill Ironworks  was off to a great start when there was already a crowd at 9:00 am. The meet was hosted for the first time by Dean Curfman of Oak Hill Ironworks. There was a great turnout of over 120 for this first time event.

A barbque was prepared by Steve Barringer of B2 Design with help from Paul Garrett and Ted Thompson. The started the pork at about 5:00 pm Friday, cooked it until 4:00am and then were up and cooking the chicken at 9:00 am!
Steve Barringer introduces Zeevik Gottlieb Master Blacksmith, an artist blacksmith from Israel who trained with Uri Hofi demonstrated power hammer technique on the Big BLU.

Zeevik is also the instructor for the B2 Design Big BLU Hammer School.

Johnny Kierbow demonstrated in the afternoon.
There was a packed house for the demonstrations

Klingspor Abrasives deserves a huge THANK YOU! They gave away hundreds of dollars worth of abrasives (remains in foreground left) and donated boxes full of disks and belts to the iron in the hat.
Zeevik Gottlieb forging on the Big BLU The forging method being used is free hand power hammer forging. This uses crown dies to work the metal like you would clay with your fingers. The advantage of this method is that it is fast and requires no special tooling other than the dies in the hammer.

The new Big BLU QC (Quick Change) die holder system is ideal for this type forging. Professionals often have seperate power hammers with different dies in them. But the individual usualy cannot afford the duplicate machines or space. Thus the ability to quickly change dies becomes a real asset.

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