Meets start on Friday at dinner, with occasional field trips held before hand in the afternoon, and run till Sunday lunch. Friday night the demonstrator usually hosts a slide presentation of their work, on Saturday and Sunday mornings are the demonstrations. Reservations may be made for all or part of the weekend. Meals are included in the cost and served buffet style in the dining hall (vegetarian alternative available). The sleeping arrangements are bunkhouse style. Some other sleeping arrangements are available.
NBA SPRING MEET 2017, April 28, 29, 30
I am pleased to announce that we have Bob Compton as our demonstrator for the Spring meet, April 28, 29, 30 . Bob began smithing in 1983 with a class at Frank Turley's followed by working in several shops around New England. His own shop is in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts where he produces architectural ironwork such as railings, fire screens, lighting as well as hardware. He recently completed a large railing with Ralph Sproul, who has also demonstrated here at Ashokan. Bob describes his own work as "unique contemporary designs that express the plastic nature of hot forged steel."
Bob's demo for Saturday will be a series of small forging vignettes that demonstrate advanced forging practice. Topics to include the pyriform scroll (pear shaped), hot chasing and surface manipulation, leaf work, fold forming, hexagonal forging, traditional mechanical joinery. The tooling and theory involved in these various techniques will be discussed throughout the demo.
Sunday's demo will focus on railings. Bob will discuss and demonstrate various principles, techniques and jigs he has "developed, stolen, refined and otherwise learned over the years that aid in gathering the critical information needed for making a railing from a site survey." Then, using the site info, he will show how to recreate and model the railing in the workshop.
This sounds like an extremely informative, practical and wide ranging demo. Bob demonstrated for us many years ago and he was able to present a clear and stimulating demo. Don't miss this chance to learn from Bob's many years of experience.
As always, everyone, of all skill levels, is encouraged to bring a few pieces of their recent work. Please don't be shy about showing what you have been up to, we all learn from each other. Don't forget to make a piece for the Forging Contest and of course, bring lots of great, useful, mystery items or otherwise, for our fun and fundraising Iron-in-the-Hat lottery.
Spring is just around the corner, see you at Ashokan!
On the internet: Bob Compton www.risingsunforge.com
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