I’ve always been interested in Blacksmithing, both as a link to past skills and as a possibly useful prepping skill. Early in 2012 I began looking into how I might be able to start learning this craft.
I quickly found ABANA, the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America. As the organization’s name might imply, most people doing blacksmithing today are doing it as an art or for ornamentation purposes. Through ABANA, I was pointed to our local Utah ABANA chapter, the Bonnevile Forge Council.
This local chapter has meetings on odd numbered months for its members and those interested in learning about the club and blacksmithing. These meetings are often centered around demonstrations of hands on projects. The club members try to make it less intimidating for newcomers who have never heated metal to 2000 degrees before.
I was able to attend the March 2012 meeting and meet many of the club members. I haven’t missed a meeting since. The next meeting for the club will be this coming Saturday in Provo and focuses on teaching forge welding. I hope any of you who are interested will be able to make it out. Please see the meetings link above for details.
If you are not able to make it to the meeting this weekend, the club president is hosting a short class on making flint strikers which will teach several basic blacksmithing skills. This three hour class will take place the evening of Wednesday, May 15, 2013. More information is here.
We recently posted about an all day introductory blacksmithing class taught by the club President and Mark Henderson, both accomplished blacksmiths. I was informed that the class filled up quickly, mainly due to interest from those who heard about the class through this site. I’d like to hear any feedback any attendees have on the class as well as gauge interest in additional introductory classes and other courses of instruction.
Many of our authors have their HAM radio licenses and participate in disaster planning and during real life emergencies such as the recent fires in Utah. Below is an invitation we received for an annual event coming up next month.
To the members of the Utah South Area, Emergency Response Communications (ERC) Lindon Facility VHF NET …
You are invited to the 2012 Summer ERC Face to Face meeting and picnic. This is a great opportunity to meet those you hear on the ERC Net and talk Face-to-Face. We will have a presentation on Jump Kits by Cory Reilly KE7NRV followed by “Fun with Radio”– please bring a radio and its manual.
So that we can plan appropriately we ask that you RSVP (if you are coming) via the form that will be sent to you. This will help us all coordinate the dishes. This year we will have grills fired up so bring your own meat or main course item and a side dish to share (salad, veg. tray, chips, drinks or dessert — somewhat organized pot-luck). Plan on enough for 2 to 4 times the number coming in your party.
Date: 18 September 2012
Location: Orem Windsor Stake, West Pavilion, 60 East 1600 North, Orem, Utah
Time: 6:30 PM (1830 hours) until 8:30 PM (2030 hours)
It’s been a while since we’ve had any public meetups, and I know I have a few supplies I need to top off on. So what a better chance to meet some other preppers than to get together at a gun show.
On Saturday the 16th a few of us will be attending the Rocky Mountain Gun Show. It’s always fun to browse the various shops, negotiate a few deals on supplies, and take some time to mingle with other folks. Let us know if you’ll be there so we can meet each other, and let’s plan on a 12:00 lunchtime at the crown burger across the street.
Following their link, you can pre-purchase tickets to avoid a line, and you can also get coupons for $1 off entrance.
Join us for an evening of free information on different options for cooking when the power goes out. Representatives from great companies such as Sun Oven, Volcano Grills, Humless, and InstaFire will be combining with Jodi and Julie from Food Storage Made Easy to help you learn about these products as well as several free or inexpensive tools you can make yourself. Come and enjoy free handouts, event discounts, giveaways and more!
Cost: FREE! Bring a friend!
Date: Thursday May 10, 2012
Time: 7-9 pm (7-8 will be instructional, 8-9 will be Q&A at individual booths)
American Preparatory Academy
12892 S. Pony Express Rd. (Just off of I15 and Bangeter)
Draper, Utah 84020
If you by chance missed out on the premiere of local prepper and UtahPrepper author Phil‘s show, “Meet the Preppers” (bio), then you have another opportunity this Sunday. Animal Planet is going to rebroadcast the pilot episode in order to test the ratings again. If you want an opportunity to see less doomsday, and more family practice, tune in and let Animal Planet know you want to watch more!
Local first-aid company Shield-Safety is hosting two community preparedness fairs and wanted to spread the word to different preparedness groups and companies that might be interested. If you are looking to attend, the dates and locations are as follows:
Sept. 16th 5 pm to 9 pm
Sept. 17th 9 am to 7 p
Sept. 30th 5 pm to 9 pm
Oct. 1st 9 am to 7 pm
Both events are free for attendees, and will feature first-aid training classes, and other opportunities to learn preparedness skills.
If you are interested in hosting a booth (vendor or community) we have a copy of the information you need here for download. The hosts have stressed to me they are very eager to work with all community resources such as CERT, safety officials, and other local companies.
Looking for a chance to get the family out into our delayed summer? Provo has a great event this weekend at their pioneer village (map). It’s a great chance to get demonstrations on some old skills such as spinning, blacksmithing and more. Bring the family even if only just to get a feel for the local history, but even better, hang around and talk shop with people experienced in their crafts. This is probably one of the better local opportunities to get together with people that can teach these crafts.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
And a nice video explaining things via the local newspaper, the Daily Herald
Maple Mountain Bee Company is hosting another round of bee keeping classes over the next couple months. As you may recall, Bryan Esquivel of Maple Mountain Bees authored a guest post for us in the past about how he got started in bee keeping. You can find the article here.
These are free classes, held in Bryan’s home. If you have any questions on the schedule, please contact Bryan using the contact information below.
On a semi-related note to preparedness, a friend of mine is hosting Stephen Pratt in Highland, UT this weekend, and asked if I could pass along the invitation. If you are interested in a great chance to learn more about personal liberty and self-reliance, this is a great opportunity.
Make a difference this month by sharing what you know, encouraging others to do something more to be prepared and do more yourself to become better prepared.
Spread the news. This is a great month for preppers, as you will see a lot of companies with sales on their preparedness items, as well as harvests coming in with plenty of fresh foods to lay in store for another time. Get ready for the upcoming winter.