Next Meeting

When: Dec 7 - 9, 10am. to 9pm each day

Where: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON

What: Each year, The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association demonstrates at this event in Civic Square, Kitchener all day.

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Notice:

 We are putting a call out on behalf of Lukas Nelkenbrecher.

He is a master blacksmith trained in Germany.  He has travelled to Canada looking for work.  After a disappointing experience working in a metal shop in Toronto he is asking our help to find more authentic blacksmithing employment.
If any of you professional smiths out there are looking for some help in your shop - please reach out to Martina 647 717 1305.  She will put you in touch with Lukas.
Lukas will travel home shortly for Christmas but would love to come back to work in Canada for approximately a 6 month period.

 

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 Important News: 

It is with sadness that we would like to notify the group that Larry Maughan, one of OABA's longest and most enthusiastic members, died suddenly on November 29th in Hamilton. Larry has been a staple at OABA meetings and was a long time volunteer at the Waldie's Blacksmith Shop in Milton, as well as a number of other organizations. Many of you knew Larry well, and he will always be remembered as a kind and energetic man, as happy to teach as he was to learn.  He will be missed.

There will be a celebration of Larry's life held at the Church of the Resurrection in Hamilton on Saturday December 22nd. Visitation from 9:30am to 11am.  Service at 11am.
An obituary for Larry can be found here:
The Milton Historical Society posted their remembrances of Larry, along with a number of photos, here: 
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The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association is a group of professional and part time blacksmiths, as well as others who are interested in the field. Some members have a great deal of experience, while others have only a little.

 

For the public, we seek to promote the work and trade of blacksmithing, both traditional and modern, as a high quality, creative craft and affordable art form which has a growing place in modern society. For an example of some of what we have to offer, please peruse our Gallery. For those looking to hire a blacksmith, please read Hiring a Blacksmith.

For our members, we seek to promote an exchange of creative ideas, provide an opportunity for teaching and learning about specific techniques of blacksmithing. How to Join.

 

Iron In The Hat. What is it?

If you come out to our meetings you'll have the chance to participate in our fundraiser - "Iron In The Hat". This is how it works. Members are all encouraged to bring an item for Iron In The Hat. It should be blacksmithing or at least metalworking related. Tools, books, scrap metal, safety gear, something you forged yourself are all good examples. The items are all gathered together on a table, everyone has a chance to look, buy tickets and bet on items of their choosing. Usually at the mid point of a meeting a ticket is drawn for each item and the winner gets to take that item home. It's a fun way to share, get to know each other and most importantly to raise money for our organization! Thanks everyone!

OABA T-Shirts now available!

After a long wait and demand, OABA T-Shirts are now available! These shirts come with a pocket, OABA logo, Model-T Ford colour choices (any colour you want as long as its black), are made in Canada, and only cost $20 (+$2 for XXL).