Blacksmiths Association of Missouri

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Founded 11/4/1983.
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Next meeting June 14, 2014 at Ham's Prairie, MO (Ned & Esther Digh) 573-642-9502.
Trade item is a hammer of any size with either a wood or metal handle.

There is a map with additional information on the meeting schedule link at left.
BAM 2014 Conference, Sedalia, MO May 1 - 4
As information becomes available, it will be posted in this box in chronological order.   Click here    for a copy of the conference brochure.
3/6/14: The Nathan Robertson hammer class has been filled. There are no more open slots.
2/24/14: Jo Nietfield's email is listed incorrectly in the flyer. It should be
2/23/14: Matthew Burnett has agreed to demonstrate in one of the four hour slots on Friday.
2/13/14: The tong class fee has been set at $30.00. Contact Mike McLaughlin to enroll. Class is limited to 10.
2/6/14: The conference booklet has been posted above.
1/16/14: More family program information . . .
Jo Nietfeld will be teaching a broom making class on Friday & Saturday. This year the featured style will be hearth brooms and turkey wing brooms
Margie Cox will be teaching sock monkey and sock elephant classes on Friday and Saturday.
1/16/14: There will be a beginning blacksmith class on Friday.
1/10/14: There will be a tong making class on Friday A.M. More details will be posted as they become available.
1/9/14: Raffle Tool Box sign up sheet added to web site. Let Bernie or Mike know what you are going to donate. Your name will be added to the list under the corresponding item.
12/6/13: Mary Jo McCarty will be conducting a basket class again this year on Friday and Saturday. Friday's class will be a market basket. Saturday's class will be a chief urn.   Click here   for more information.
12/4/13: Peter Ross and Jim Crowell have agreed to demonstrate. Nathan Robertson will be conducting a hammer class on Saturday.
Peter was the master smith at Colonial Williamsburg for many years. Peter also demonstrated at one of the early BAM functions at SIU in Edwardsville, IL. It will be good to see him back at a BAM event.
Jim Crowell is a knifemaker from Mountain View AR. You can check out his web site at
Peter and Jim will be demonstrating for a half day on Friday and all day on Saturday. Some of BAM's own will be demonstrating for the two other four hour slots on Friday. Currently, who this will be is still undecided.
The Conference Tool Box sign up sheet is online now.
Let Bernie Tappel or Mike McLaughlin know what item(s) you intend to donate and your name will be added to the list under the corresponding item(s).
Click here for the list.

The Oklahoma group (SCABA) is planning a tire hammer build workshop, to be led by Clay Spencer.
They have invited any BAM members that are interested in building a hammer to join in their workshop. If you want to participate, contact Jim Stubbs at Please put "power hammer workshop" in the subject line. Or you can contact Diana Davis at 580-549-6824 and she will forward the information. There is a fee for this project. It will be determined by the number of participants and the cost of metal and consumables.

The Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association (IVBA) summer conference is set for June 13-15 in Pontiac Illinois. Click here for a flyer.

BAM logo mugs are now available through the BAM Boutique @ $15.00 each. These are hand thrown pottery mugs by Rob Withrow of Brasstown, NC. - - - Contact Patti Tappel for details.

Any Bam Member that has a vehicle that can tow the MTS Trailer, weight 8,000 pounds (should have electric brakes on the towing vehicle and 2 5/16 ball hitch) and would like to volunteer to do so, Please contact me: - - Don Birdsall - - - - 573-364-7223
BAM repays the member for the fuel used in moving the trailer.
The more members we can get to help in this endeavor the easier it will be on everyone. Instead of one person towing it the full distance maybe we can relay the trailer from one location to another. Lets join and see if we can successfully make this work. - - Thank You - - Don Birdsall

**Note: The trailer brakes and lights have been repaired. Both are now working properly.

  New trailering request from Don Birdsall  

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This website is dedicated to the memory of Ed Harper, born March 23, 1944, died April 13, 2012.
Ed spent countless hours of volunteer effort in setting up and maintaining this site and moderating the Around the Anvil newsgroup. In addition to being a talented blacksmith and a friend to everyone he met, he was the webmaster of this site from 2002 until his death in 2012. He will be missed.
Rest in peace Ed.