Are you interested in the art and craft of the blacksmith? Your opportunity is Saturday.

The North East Regional Meeting of the Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmith Association (http://www.saltforkcraftsmen.org ) will be held at the new blacksmith shop building behind the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, 210 W Main St., in Pawhuska.

Since its foundation in March 1995, Saltfork has been committed to high quality educational opportunities for our members and the public in our region — all of Oklahoma, some of Texas, and parts of Kansas and Arkansas. Saltfork members are routinely seen at the local museums, town celebrations, state fairs, and antique tractor shows putting on live, hands-on, blacksmithing demonstrations. The Saltfork Craftsmen are an Artist-Blacksmith association dedicated to enhancing the skill of hand-forged iron artistry. This family friendly event at the Chamber Office building provides a great educational resource for all people in our area and it is free to the public.

Though this Regional meeting is not a scheduled Blacksmithing 101 class, there may be an opportunity for you to try your hand at the craft. Possibly there will be time for you to make a simple item like an S-hook. If you think you would like to participate in a basic Smithing 101 lesson and the opportunity to take home something you made yourself, come prepared. You will need to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes or boots. Bring a light pair of leather gloves — definitely not a pair of heavy welding gloves. Saltfork will provide an apron, safety glasses, tools and materials. Bring your lawn chair or an extra chair or two.

We should be on hand at the site by about 9 a.m. to start setting up a forge or two and getting the coffee ready. Things usually wind down by about 3-4 p.m. depending on interest.

— Jim Carothers, member Saltfork craftsmen ABA and meeting co-host