October Meet at Dan Cruzans

Report on the October Meeting The October 24th meeting began at 10:00 am at Dan Cruzan's shop. Al Stephens started things off with a demonstration on tongs. He talked about the importance of making your own tongs and used the power hammer. Dan Cruzan followed with a talk on the importance of art in blacksmithing. Dan demonstrated how to use mathematical tools such as the golden mean to make the difference between stuff and art. At 12:00 the meeting broke for lunch. Dan provided some delicious soup and the NJBA provided sandwiches. The Iron in the Hat and tailgate sale was held at this time. The meeting resumed at 1:30 with Tim Suter. Tim gave a great demonstration on a headboard and the various tools and jigs he used to construct it. Marshall Bienstock concluded the day with his brazing technique that got oohs & ahhs and literally got everyone up out of their seat. Marshall then showed how brazing was applied to make his "Betsy Lamp". There was a large turnout and everyone took home a head full of ideas. Report by; Steve Rhoades