Arizona Area Metal Hobbyists

Valley metal is a group of machinists, hobbyists and tinkerers based in Arizona. Our members are from all over the state.  We meet at least every other month to show off our shops, what we've accomplished and hope to accomplish. Meetings are informal and are a great time to get to know each other and learn new techniques.  The group has a swap meet once a year, usually in February.  If you're in Arizona  join us at one of our meetings.

New Member Information Link

The group has a forum on Yahoo Groups:  Valley Metal Group

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  Too far away to visit?   Just click the link above and WELCOME!

Club Sponsors Information
These businesses help us make things!  Help them stay in business!
AZ Metals   East Valley - Mesa    
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Vern Lewis Welding   Valley Wide   
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Industrial Metal Supply   Tempe/Phoenix Border    
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Monthly  Meeting

Annual Swap Meet!!

February   17th 2018
Note, this is the THIRD Saturday
Location TBA...

Watch the Yahoo Group for details.

Safety glasses are required; machinery, the various stories &  BBQ are dangerous! 
Bring a chair if you want to sit comfortably!  Take it with you if you want to use it again...

Directions Request Link


Industrial Metal Supply 
Dave Cohen

AZ Metals
Doug & Jill Cone

Chris Hayes Knives

These folks donated prizes to our annual picnic, show our appreciation by patronizing them!



2017 Meetings

Date Subject
January 14th Cancelled - rescheduled for July
February 11th Annual Swap Meet at Tool Craft in Glendale
March 11th Annual Family Picnic at Daly Park Tempe
April 8th CNC Basics with Marty Escarcega
May 13th Powdered Metal Demo with Adam Goldstein
June 10th AZ Metals Open House and BBQ
July 8th Taps & Tapping Operations with Brian Lamb
August 12th Roy Rickel's Cool Pines Shop - cancelled
September 9th Bridgeport Reconditioning w/ Russ Huffman
October 14th Lost Foam Sand Casting w/ Beevo
November 11th TBA
December 9th None Scheduled













Past Years Meetings
2017 Meetings
2016 Meetings
2015 Meetings
2014 Meetings
2013 Meetings
2012 Meetings

2013 Meetings

2010 Meetings
2009 Meetings
2008 Meetings 
2007 Meetings
2006 Meetings
2005 Meetings
2004 Meetings
2003 Meetings
2002 Meetings
2001 Meetings
2000 and Earlier Meetings


Where are our members located?

Updated 10/11/2015

If you are an internet member and want to be listed, send your City, State/Province and postal code to the webmaster.
If outside the USA provide a country as well.



Member Project Pages

Map of Area Suppliers Goods/Services

If you have an addition for the list, send the Company, Address and phone number to the webmaster.
Notes about discounts, contact person, store hours and services are helpful, send those as well.

Members links
Live Steaming Website
Steam Locomotive Simulator
Marty Escarcega's Metal & Wood site
Rick Sparber's web site  
Bill VanOrden's Telescope, ham radio & Metal Working site
Neil Butterfield's Site 
Neil Butterfield's Tools & Accessories  - Warning, very cool stuff ahead....
Other Web Communities
Metal Meet - Metal Shaping site
Chaski Metal Site
Metal Shaper Site
Club Documents
Club Liability Release Document
Download Page    
Photo Roster    Updated 7/24/2017
Swap Shop!  
Resource Guide  Updated 9/14/2017
Club Contacts
Marty Escarcega - our founder, Yahoo Group Owner
Bill "Beevo" VanOrden - Secretary
Dan Benoit - Treasurer
Gene Neigoff & Bob Sanders - Instructional Support & Gurus
Bob Sanders - Wisdom, Support
Bill "Beevo" VanOrden -Webmaster and Forum Manager
Lester, Terry & Boyd Sanders - Tool Craft (Annual Swap Meet location)



























 Non Club Related Events of Interest

Weekly Computer Swap Meet:  Sunday mornings starting around 7am or so and running until "I don't know"  Assorted computer and non-computer related items. On Indian Bend at the east side of the Pavillions (between Pima and the 101 on the South side, in Scottsdale)

Maricopa Live Steamers
 Maricopa Live Steamers: at the Adobe Western Railway Information Link  They are located on 43rd Avenue across the street from Wet 'N Wild Waterpark just south of Pinnacle Peak Road in north Phoenix.  It is about 2 miles west of I-17 and a mile north of Loop 101
Enjoy free train rides between noon and 5 p.m. every Sunday. Fun for the whole family.  They offer four different 30-minute rides over more than seven fourteen miles of 7.5-inch track on one of the largest club railroads in the country. Map of the layout 

 Check with them for hours
. They are closed between Memorial Day and Labor Day due to the heat.