If your valentine asked to go to Paris this year, this was probably not what they were thinking of…
James Allcorn reports:
Day 1 – Saturday, March 7, 2009; Day 2- Sunday, March 8 is optional if there is sufficient interest by those attending. Meeting will START at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Sunday – Day 2 – if held, will start at 9:30 and end at 2:30. If only 1 or 2 show up for Day 2, we will continue for the Day 2 session. At this time, we are planning on a Sunday session.
Bois D’Arc Forge Blacksmith Shop, 33 NE 3rd Street, Paris, TX 75460. Call 903-785-2608, or 903-517-1667 for more information.
Welding meeting/workshop. Primary focus is welding/brazing cast iron using Oxygen/Acetylene torch, but will be tailored to fit the needs/wants of those attending. Discussion and demonstration will include MIG and TIG, Ox/Ac cutting and Plasma cutting (as those processes apply to artist blacksmithing).
Donations suggested to offset the cost of gases, electricity, electrodes, rods, grinding discs, etc. All equipment provided by Tommy Dean and James Allcorn EXCEPT EYE PROTECTION.
EYE PROTECTION IS REQUIRED TO BE IN THE BUILDING, NO EXCEPTIONS! BRING YOUR OWN SAFETY GLASSES AND WELDING GLASSES AND WELDING HELMET, NO SAFETY GLASSES, WELDING HELMETS or EYE PROTECTION WILL BE PROVIDED!
Thomas Dean, Saltfork member from Longview, TX will conduct the meeting. Tommy has over 30 years of continuous experience as a professional welder joining various exotic alloys on a daily basis for the Eastman Company. He also has his own welding business and blacksmith shop and does demonstrations for numerous youth groups and organizations.
Who should attend: Anyone wanting to learn more about the fine points of welding as it applies to artistic blacksmithing. The focus of this meeting is on REPAIR of CAST IRON blacksmithing equipment such as BLOWERS, BRACKETS, FORGE FRAMES, VISES and attaching cast iron ornaments to mild steel.
Needed: If you have BROKEN CAST IRON blacksmithing equipment that is in need of repair, please bring it. No guarantees, but you just might take it home in usable condition! WE NEED YOUR BROKEN CAST IRON EQUIPMENT TO REPAIR!
Cast iron FIREPOTS are generally NOT REPAIRABLE as they have most likely been burned up.
On your own. We will break for lunch at 12 Noon sharp, and reconvene at 1 P.M. There are 2 cafes/restaurants within 2 blocks walking distance, Nancy’s café and Jaxx Gourmet Hamburgers. The Bakery (around the corner) is a wonderful place for coffee, pastries & sandwiches. 24th Street Café and Scholl’s BBQ are two places frequented by “locals” for great food and conversation.
For those who wish to spend the night in Paris we have a number of motels including Holiday Inn, La Quinta, Budget Inn, Victorian Inn, Hampton Inn and others. If you need assistance with lodging, the Chamber of Commerce, 903-784-2401 can be of assistance.”