KGA SHOP TOUR May 6, 2017



Grand prize 2017 (1)

This will be the grand prize for the Iron in the Hat drawing.

Shop tour 5-6-17

I have gotten one more demo for those attending.  I talked to Charles Conner and he will be doing a demonstration of is scrimshaw skills in the morning also.  The stag crown that he scrims will be going into the Iron in the Hat so that should be of interest to several makers.

The KGA shop tour to be held at the home of Ray Kirk and will be the first Saturday in May, the 6th.
Our first demonstration will be by Billy Helton of Claremore and he will be showing how he does a stacked handle on a hidden tang knife. After the demonstration, there will be some time to visit and check out the Iron in the hat items and tail gate sales.

At noon, the meal will consist of fried chicken from Reasor’s . We will also have some cole slaw, baked beans and a few other items. If you want to bring a side dish or dessert, please do.

After lunch, we will have the drawing for the items donated for the Iron in the Hat. This is how we have been supporting our shop tours and enabling attendees to acquire items that they desire. This is also the best time to catch everyone in one place for the drawing. There will be a grand prize as yet to be determined.

The grand prize will be a chef knife.  Forged from one inch 52100 round bar with side cut micarta handle and a black paper micarta spacer.
The tail gate sales are for those attending that would like to bring their excess supplies and equipment to sell or trade with others. This is the best time for visiting and checking out what is available.

The first afternoon demo will also feature Billy doing a couple short demos of forging a cross and a bottle opener. These are examples of the small items that seem to be easily made for sales at art shows and other venues attended by bladesmiths and blacksmiths.

And while the forge is hot, I will forge out a small integral chef knife from round bar. Kitchen knives have seen an increase in interest and would like to show how I do it.

We are hoping for good weather and a large crowd this year. The Forged in Fire show has seemed to spark an interest in making knives and forging. This has been an asset to our organization as it supports knife making and sharing information about all the different aspects of our craft.

To the people that joined out group at the knife show in OKC in March, I have not been able to remember who all it was and I may have your email. If you recently joined and have not been added to the list of members, please get in contact with me. I need your information.

The address of the shop tour is 25494 South 530 Road, Park Hill, OK 74451. A mile north of Keys, Ok and 4 miles south of Cherokee Nation on Hwy 82, turn east on Horse shoe bend road and go one mile, turn south on 530 road and it is 4/10 ths of a mile to my driveway.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Ray Kirk
KGA Sec/Treas