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KGA SHOP TOUR For Fall – Oct. 28, 2017
The fall shop tour will be held this year at the home of Bill Kennedy in Yukon, OK The directions to his home is;
I-40 WEST of OKC to Cimaron Road ( exit 132) – go South on Cimarron road to NW 23 RD – turn East on 23RD to Lost Lake Lane to end circle. Bill’s house is the one on the Right.
The fall KGA shop tour will be held at the home of Bill Kennedy on October 28, 2017. Bill lives in Yukon, OK and will post driving directions at a later date. If you are not on the KGA mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added. This will enable you to know what we are doing.
So far, all we have for demos are that Bill will explain how to set up a surface grinder to get it true. He will talk about it and show the steps, not actually set it up as that would require several hours and we hope that we will have several other demos.
I will be bringing my forge and other forging tools for some hands on if we have some that want to try it.
Our normal agenda is to have a couple demo’s in the morning and a couple in the afternoon. In between we will have some Iron in the Hat and tail gate sales are encouraged. A lunch is provided to all those that attend. If you plan on attending, please let me know so we can kind of keep a head count for the food.
Another demo has been added and that is to show a technique for etching your name on your steel. Jantz Supply member has agreed to perform the operation. I am at a loss to remember his name and apologize for that. It is getting closer and will post directions soon.
Please check back later.
KGA SHOP TOUR
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.
Knife Show March 4th, 2017
This year the KGA custom knife show will be held on March 4th at H & H Shooting sports in Oklahoma City. This is the same place as it was held last year.
The table fee will still be $50.00 per table. It will be held in a different part of the building as there will also be a cutting demonstration during the day. I think it will be Blade Sports that will be doing the cutting demonstration.
There will probably also be some forging demo’s during the day. I will need to find out more about the itinerary for the day.
If you would like to have a table, you can send me a check for $50.00 per table or email me to reserve it. Payment needs to be completed by show time on Saturday. Just let me know what you would like to do.
I will also be posting this information on the KGA website and the KGA Facebook page. As most of you know, it is open to hand made knives only, no factory knives or guns will be allowed. Engravers may have an example of their work but not for sale.
The address of H & H is 400 South Vermont Suite 10 Oklahoma City, OK 73108-1034
My address is PO Box 1445, Tahlequah, OK 74465
My phone number is 918-207-8076
If anyone has any questions, please let me know.
Accommodations for the show.
Best Western Saddleback Inn
4300 SW 3rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
They are offering $74.98 for a single King bed, or $84.98 for a room with two double beds.
This deal is available for both the night of 3rd and the 4th.
KEITH & LINDA MURR
ROY and STEVE MILLER
LEE AND LINDA FERGUSON
EDDIE JOE GABBARD
GARY CROWDER (Maybe)
Shop Tour for Fall of 2016
October 8, 2016
Bill Kennedy will show how to set up a surface grinder table to be able to get a precision grind on your material.
Jerry McClure will be doing a gold or silver clad to bolsters and butt cap on a knife.
For another demo, we will be available for suggestions at the shop tour. Mike has a billet of damascus made up, a forge, and other equipment as needed. I will bring my forging tools and material if any one has a request for something special.
We are having this one catered and will have Barbeque with fixings. As usual, the shop tour has no fees and is supported only by the raffle of items donated for the “Iron in the Hat”. Selling tickets for the iron in the hat has been enough to pay for the expense of putting the shop tour on. Most items are materials for makers and several finished knives have been donated. All the tickets will be put into the hat for the grand prize at the end of the drawings.
Brion Tomberlin forged a small hunter from 1084 flat bar at the Branson show and hammer-in this past week end. It ended up in my trailer and I brought it back. I plan on completing it with some stag scales for the grand prize of the Iron in the Hat.
Tail gate sales are encouraged and it would be great for you to bring a guest. I do need to know about how many will be there and would appreciate a reply so I could get a count.
Mikes Contact info and address is;
910146 S. 3500 Road, Chandler , Oklahoma 74834 . His cell phone number is 918-290-0372 and his email is email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing every one and travel safe.
Shop tour for Spring of 2016
May 7, 2016
Grand prize for Iron in the Hat
Shop tour for fall of 2015
October 31, 2015
Demos in the morning . Two forges with anvils set up in the afternoon for members to forge a small knife.
Directions are I-40 West of OKC to Cimmaron Road. Turn South to NW 23rd street. Left on it to bottom of hill. Turn left on Lost Lake Road. All the way to end Bills on right.
Bill is furnishing the meat (smoked venison and turkey) and side dishes are welcome. Times are from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
3 bladesmiths from the Forged in Fire series will be there for demonstration purposes and to help in those that want to to forge a small blade they can take home. There is no charge for this.
Tail gate sales are always welcome and there will be iron in the hat. If you have something to donate for the iron in the hat, it will be most welcome. That is how we cover the expenses for the shop tour. You are also welcome to bring a guest and you don’t have to be a member to attend. Just have an interest in knives and a willingness to share your knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing every one.
KGA SHOP TOUR
MAY 2ND, 2015
The KGA shop tour will be held at the home of Ray Kirk.
Time is from 10:00 AM till around 4:00 PM
Also, could you bring a chair if you have one, there will be a good crowd here and I am not sure I have enough.
The main course will be pulled pork with potato salad and beans. Side dishes are welcome, especially pecan pie.
This is the knife kit you can use to make your own knife in the afternoon forging class. A predrilled cedar block from a 100+ year old cedar tree, a 7″ piece of 3/8″ dia. 52100 and some fast epoxy to help eliminate waiting time.
For those that was present at the Facebook for business presentation. My daughter said she forgot to tell all makers to be friends with your customers. When you sell them a knife, take a pic and tag them in the photo. That way all their friends can also see them and hopefully, a smiling face. 🙂
There were over 40 that signed the guest book and we had a great time.
Gary Robertson won first choice of the grand prize drawing of the Iron in the Hat and he chose the Raker Medicine Blade. Jim McGuinn was the second ticket drawn and he got the Gary Crowder folder. Two happy winners.
The afternoon was spent forging knives in the back yard. We had two forges going and a lot of enthusiasm for some that had also never done any forging. They did a great job and several had to take them home and complete them. Just not enough time to get every ones done.
As I get some more pics, I will post them on the web site.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
THERE WILL BE MEMBERS DEMONSTRATING OR SHOWING THEIR WARES AT THESE LOCATIONS THAT ARE LISTED ON THE AGENDA. PLEASE CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR FAVORITE MAKER OR SUPPLIER IS LISTED FOR THE ONES NEAR YOU.
Knife Show for March 14th, 2015
(TABLES ARE SOLD OUT)
List of table holders are at bottom of notice.
Directions to the show.
Exit I-40 and Meridian go North
Turn right on SW 3 street to end at Vermont turn right and go South to circle turn left where it says speed bumps 15 mph
Go down to ramp and man door beside is where we will enter
Coffee service through cafe-they will have 26 badges for us to show cafe for free coffee
No outside food or drink is allowed
You can take food from cafe back to show room
Mike Allen (Whiskers)
Lee and Linda Ferguson
Andrew Griggs (UNABLE TO ATTEND)
Sandy McClure (Supplies while they last, Her last show as Giraffe Bone Dealer)
Joe Wheeler (UNABLE TO ATTEND)