may, 2024

18may9:00 am4:00 pmDemo - Cave Creek - Desert Rat Forge - Paul Dief

Event Details

Demonstrator:Paul Dief
Demonstration: Saturday May 18
Desert Rat Forge

Along with the basic, anvil, hammer & tongs Dief will be demonstrating cool stuff that can be done with a 110 pound power hammer, fly press, treadle hammer, 16 ton hydraulic press, plasma cutter and whatever else is lying around his shop.

What: Twisted leaf hook, 4in jingle bell, mushroom sculpture, tensegrity sculpture, electrical etching and who knows what else will happen.

Tailgaters: Call Dief at 602-509-1543 if you want to bring stuff for sale. He will make arrangements for you to drive right up to the shop.

Hang out after the demo – part 1.
If there is interest Dief will keep the forges going after the demo so you can try what you saw or mess around with the machines.

Hang out after the demo – part 2.
Bring something to throw on the grill. We can hang out and watch for wildlife.

Dief got hooked on blacksmithing a couple decades ago when he saw Gordon Williams forging a rattlesnake from a farrier’s rasp at an art show in Cave Creek. He joined AABA and started helping Hap Daniels demonstrate for school groups at Saguaro Ranch. His hot metal addiction has continued to grow every since.

7645 E Highland Rd, Cave Creek
From the 4-way stop at Cave Creek Rd and School House Rd head north on School House 1.2 miles to Highland Rd. Turn right. After a mile+ the road becomes gravel. Stay on the main gravel road for a mile. Turn right when you get to the two buffalo sculptures. Park by the shipping containers. We will shuttle you to the shop or you can walk the 1500 ft along the single lane road. It the shuttle isn’t there give us a holler on the radio under the umbrella.

Event details:
* Registration begins at 8:00 AM, the demonstration starts at 9:00 AM.
* Registration fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members,
* Tailgating is encouraged. Tailgaters, please consider donating to Iron in the Hat.
* Bring things for Iron-In-the-Hat.
NOTE: No folded tickets. Any folded tickets that are drawn will be thrown away.
* Bring things for Show-and-Tell. Don’t forget to put your name on anything you bring for Show-and-Tell.
* Lunch is on your own. There are several good restaurants in Cave Creek.

Remember Iron in the Hat
Thanks to all of you who have participated in Iron in the Hat. By purchasing tickets and donating items,
you help support AABA events and projects. Items for donation can be a tool, piece of art, something you
made specifically for iron in the hat, something you don’t need in your shop, a great book, a t-shirt, a hat …
something an AABA member would enjoy.

Safety glasses are always required in the demonstration area.
Hearing protection, closed-toe shoes, and long clothes of natural fibers are recommended.


(Saturday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST


Desert Rat Forge

7645 E Highland Rd, Cave Creek, AZ

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