Community Connection


Balcones Forge Strives to Make Blacksmithing-Related Contributions to Central Texas Communities


In 2003, vandals stole the Japanese characters (ideograms) from the Tea House that is part of the beautiful Japanese garden area at Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin.  Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Rudy Billings and Scott Little, the Tea House at Zilker Botanical Garden has been restored to its 1970 condition.  The characters mean, "Earth, Harmony, and Mankind".  

Here is the Tea House in its restored condition.