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Fellow Member and Resident Blacksmith Dick Snow has invited us to his home workshop for an afternoon learning about Blacksmithing! Dick will give some demonstrations and then each of us will be able to try our own hand with the hammer and anvil. He'll be holding two or three sessions (depending upon how many people sign up for each) and depending on how many people are interested in doing hands-on themselves. Ideally each group of hands-on should include no more than 4 people. Priority for hands-on will be given to those who sign up and show up first. From Dick: "I usually start beginners off with making a simple nail. My presentation style is demo, then assist one or two people at a time. Given time (and desire) they can move on to additional nails or possible a simple wall hook. The number of people at each session will determine how much each can do. If time permits, I can do a longer demo, such as a leaf, but that project is usually above a beginner level, unless they are really proficient at hammer control. We should probably consider this a basic intro to blacksmithing: make a nail workshop and schedule more time at a later date for those who are really interested or want to try something more complicated. If only a few sign up, we can go longer with them and progress on to hooks (or an idea of their choosing)." Dick's home workshop is located at: 4222 ELG Road, Efland NC "Directions from Burlington: head East on I40/I85 and get off at the Efland Exit 160. Turn Right on Mt. Willing Road at the end of the exit ramp. After 1.3 miles, turn Left on Chestnut Ridge Church Road. At about 2.5 miles you will pass Borland Road on the left and then pass under a High Voltage power line. Shortly after the power line, there is a gravel road on the Right with a 4x4 wooden post for a marker. It has the letters ELG on it. Turn Right onto ELG. When you see the mailboxes, stay to their left (same as going straight). After the mailboxes, we are the second driveway on the left. Small sign at end of drive has 4222 ELG on it. We also have some wooden critters at the end of the driveway and some stacked rocks." Feel free to bring family, kids, or guests but please be aware you are responsible for your own safety and the safety and conduct of any children. Blacksmithing involves very hot metal, open flame, heavy hammers, and the possibility of flying debris. Please wear appropriate attire (especially if you plan to participate in Hands-On). Closed toe shoes and long pants, cotton and leather preferred over synthetics. Please bring your own Safety glasses if you have them. Dick also has few pairs for loan. Dick says "Ill have some bottled water available and maybe a few munchies or sodas." This event will be held "Weather Permitting" as Dick's workshop is outside. At the moment, according to the weather channel, scattered thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon. If the event is canceled it will be postponed to a future date. We'll send out an e-mail on Friday the 2nd if any of our plans change. Sessions will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm, 12:00pm to 2:00pm, and if enough people are interested from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. I (Ben Harris) will be there at all the sessions to help out. Any help or assistance that you can give Dick is appreciated (cleanup, etc). Please pick a session and RSVP yes along with the number of people you may bring (either here or at the Facebook event) If you come to an early session its fine if you hang around for the rest of the day, the sessions are all about access to hands-on. Please contact me with questions or comments. [masked] or [masked] Thanks so much Dick for opening up your home and workshop to the members of the Alamance Makers Guild!