It is almost here.
2017 UMBA SUMMER CONFERENCE
At the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club grounds, located at S3347 Sand Road Baraboo, WI
Friday UMBA will have the teaching trailer on site, so come early and help set up some forging stations for your forging pleasure. This will be a good opportunity to bring some one along that wants to forge for a day. We have instructors on hand to get you started.
Our demonstrator is Ernie Dorrill will start at 9AM on Saturday and Sunday.
The conference fee is $20 for Saturday only, $10 for Sunday only or a great value at $25 for both days.
Hot coffee and donuts will be provided by UMBA
There is going to be a free blacksmithing class, all that is asked of you is that you donate some kind of creature or aquarium related item to go with the Aquarium that we will be building and will be sold at UMRBC this year.
Ernie Dorrill has a degree in Architecture from Mississippi State University and has always had an interest and appreciation
for the Gothic and Renaissance Period in Europe. He believed that much of the classic, detailed iron work of that era, and tools
and processes to produce items of that period had been lost but discovered in 1996 that a very few in the US had discovered
something new as it is old. Processes of forging, chasing, repousse and pierced open work was being done by three individuals,
in particular George Dixon, Tom Latane’ and Carl Close and he learned the basics to produce this period work and greatly
expanded his vocabulary of metal work regarding those periods. Layout, detailed chasing, repousse and piercing, etc. opened
many new possibilities and as a result, he has taught many classes and demonstrated techniques, tools and processes to
produce this period work throughout the country. In 2014 and 2016 he produced some pieces used in ABANA Conferences
for the Patient Order of Meticulous Metalsmiths (POMM). His primary objective has been to encourage others to expand
their scope of work into period work of past European masters in order to perpetuate the wonderful art and craft of metal
Below are a couple of links to more information on the Gothic Renaissance period, the shapes and the tools used to make them…
We hope to see you there,