Blacksmiths Association of Missouri

        Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the blacksmithing art and craft.
Founded 11/4/1983.


Note: The meeting originally sheduled for January 14 has been postponed to January 21 due to the pending ice storm.


In Memoriam: Preston Williams
Long time BAM member, Preston Williams passed away suddenly January 7.

John “Preston” Williams, Sr., 60, a lifelong resident of the Madison area, died Saturday, January 7, 2017 on his farm near Madison; he loved working and cutting trees on his farm and succumbed to injuries from a tree cutting accident. He was born November 26, 1956 in Moberly, MO to John B., Jr. and Alvira Catherine (Strothoff) Williams.

Preston worked in Sales at the Moberly Lowes store. He married Tammy S. Utterback on April 27, 1979 in Paris, MO and she survives of the home. Also surviving is his son, John Preston Williams, Jr. and his wife Jullia of Madison, two half- sisters, Jeanne Wood and Connie Ayer both of Madison, Parents-in-law, Bill and Charlotte Utterback of Paris, MO, a sister-in-law, Toni Avery and husband Gene of Callao, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-brother, Jerry Hoffman and two half-sisters, Mary Ann Brown and Sandy McGrury.

Preston was a Master Blacksmith with the Missouri Folk Arts Program, a member of the Blacksmith Association of Missouri, Oak Grove Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.

Preston enjoyed spending time in his blacksmith shop forging and entertaining friends, going to auctions and making buggies and carriages with his father. He will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit.

Memorial contributions to the Blacksmith Association of Missouri for the Preston Williams Memorial Scholarship would be appreciated.

Words of comfort and support may be shared with the family at the visitation which will be Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cater Funeral Home. Services honoring and celebrating Preston’s life will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. at the Cater Funeral Home Chapel. Committal prayers and burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery.



Preston's wife Tammy and son John and daughter in law Jullia ringing the anvil at Preston's funeral.


  Click here for a short video of part of the anvil ringing ceremony.


Next meeting - January 21, 2017 - Dale Kirby, Higbee, MO
Map under Meeting Schedule link on left. Trade item is a chopping tool.
Lunch will be provided.
The 2017 conference will be May 4 through May 7.
The location will again be the state fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo.
Demonstrators will be Howard Clark, Allan Kress, Lyle Wynn, and Matthew Burnett.
Check back here as more information is available

Start thinking about something for the gallery. Also keep in mind something for a donation for the toolbox raffle. Check out the list below for a suggested list of items for donation. Let Bernie know what you intend to donate and he will put your name on the list next to the item.
 Toolbox Raffle. Click here for a current list of tool donations.


There will be several classes offered at the conference. This is the info currently available:
 Basket Class. Click here for more information.

 Footstool Class. Click here for more information.

 Intermediate Blacksmith Class. Click here for more information.


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** NEW ** Youth sizes BAM logo tees. 100% cotton with BAM logo screen printed on front. $12.00 ea.


BAM logo mugs are available through the BAM Boutique @ $18.00 each. BAM logo steins are also available @ $30.00 ea. These are hand thrown pottery mugs by Rob Withrow of Brasstown, NC. - - - Contact Patti Tappel for details.
100% cotton denim long sleeved shirts and grey hooded sweatshirts with zipper are now available. BAM logo embroidered on left front. Denim shirts are $35.00 ea. Sweatshirts are $20.00 ea.

  Reference Material  

  BAM Newsletter Archive   **All issues 1983 to current issue.
  Scott Payne's article on JCCFS class- 18th Century Hearth Equipment  **New - 11/1/16
  Bob Patrick Fabricated Firepot  
  Template for Bob Patrick Fabricated Firepot  
  Dave Smucker - Heat Treating  
  Other ABANA Chapter Newsletters Online  
  Stock Lengths for Rings   
  BAM Library  
  Power Hammer Page (New England Blacksmiths)  
  Blacksmith books - Free Downloads  **New Additions - 8/14/15
  Online Book Vendors  
  Sheet Metal Sizes/Decimal Equivalents  
  Online Blacksmith & Knifemaker Forums  
  Blacksmith Schools  

  Miscellaneous  
  Shop Notes     Members Gallery     Member's Web Sites  
  Demonstrator List  




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For any questions or comments send e-mail to: Bernie Tappel

This website is dedicated to the memory of Ed Harper, born March 23, 1944, died April 13, 2012.
Ed spent countless hours of volunteer effort in setting up and maintaining this site and moderating the Around the Anvil newsgroup. In addition to being a talented blacksmith and a friend to everyone he met, he was the webmaster of this site from 2002 until his death in 2012. He will be missed.
Rest in peace Ed.