CBA Events

Upcoming events

    • April 27, 2017
    • April 30, 2017
    • Vista, CA

    Spring Conference 2017


    LOCATION: Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista, California

    DATE: April 27-30, 2017

    WORKSHOPS BROCHURE:  Workshop Details - please read

    REGISTER THE EASY WAY: Use The Link In The Box At Left.

    MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM: Spring Conference 2017 Mail-In Registration Form

    CONTACT & GENERAL CHAIRMAN: Dave Carroll, 714-932-4653


    Conference Fee
    April 10
    April 10
     Full Conference
     $175  $190
     Single Day
     $65  $80
     Meals (all Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    also includes Saturday Banquet Dinner)
    Spring Conference Menu

     $120  $140
     Saturday Banquet Dinner Only
     $25  $35


    Motel - Super 8 Oceanside Marty's Valley Inn

    3240 East Mission Ave
    Oceanside, CA 92054

    Ask for the CBA special rate -- $62.95 + tax single, $72.95 + tax double. Limited number of rooms, available until the end of March 2017.

    Tent camping - $10 per night, paid onsite

    RV Camping - No hookups, $15 per night, paid onsite


    Daniel Miller
    Brett Moten
    Monica Coyne
    Tony Swatton
    Gary Brown
    Jay Burnham-Kidwell
    Joy Fire

    Watch for Others to be Added Later

    Demonstration by Joy Fire 

    Joy Fire will be demonstrating a dry fit joinery technique that she used during a month long artist residency in Colorado. She will show the steps to forge a simple triangular collar that is connected with two rivets. After this is made the dry fitted joinery is simple. Three pieces of wood or metal are used as legs, with the collar holding them in place as they splay out in each corner of the collar to form a sturdy base. This setup can then be put to an infinite number of uses, from a simple stool or small table base, to a plant stand, to a pedestal on which to display a sculpture or other object of importance. The benefit of the dry fitted legs is that they are adjustable and the whole piece can be broken down for easy transportation.


    COORDINATOR: Beth Holmberg

    Demonstrators, Workshops, and Schedules are all subject to change. Check the listing at the conference site.


    Spring Conference 2017 - Education Flyer

    Hands-On Workshops - Beginner through Intermediate

    Thursday, All Day - Tool Making Workshop

    Kevin Lauritsen, Ken Kuhn, Beth Homberg

    We will focus on the tools you will need for the Friday-Sunday workshop projects. Instructions will include Bill Stone's kit tongs, modifying tong jaws, hot cut chisels, center punches, round punches and more.

    Friday Morning - Folding Cooking Trivet

    Chris Ruiz

    This clever trivet design folds up neatly to pack with your camping gear, but it sturdy enough for big dutch ovens! Includes a movable riveted hinge.

    Friday Afternoon - Blacksmiths Tongs

    Grant Loper

    Have you forged proper blacksmiths tongs from square stock - no kit, no twists? This workshop includes making sturdy rivets from bar stock.

    Friday Night - Penandular Cloak Pin

    David Shuford

    How does a braveheart keep his plaid pinned on? With a bold forged iron penandular! The pin works via a sliding collar.

    Saturday Morning - Viking Chest Hinges

    Jeff Hunter

    Historic, but also super useful for a toy box or tool chest. These hinges are a great introduction to connecting two bits of iron in a functional way.

    Saturday Afternoon - Braided Iron Bracelets

    Sharon Dodge

    Make handsome wearable iron jewelry from old scraps! Lots of design riffing to play around with as you learn forge welding skills.

    Sunday Morning - Two-arm Hanging Candle Holder

    Beth Holmberg

    Learn the basics of hot-collaring while forging a useful lighting fixture for your camp or patio.

    Calling Youth Blacksmiths!

    Bring your tools, your muscles, and your imagination- the challenge this year is a group designed-and-forged candle-holding sculpture.  15 year old Patrick Rogers will be helping to coordinate the efforts of everyone willing to help on this kids-only effort.   We're setting aside a batch of forges for Youth Use Only on Friday Afternoon at the Continuing Ed./Open Forge tent down on the green.  Meet Patrick there at 2 pm Friday to start planning and forging.  All skill levels welcomed (and needed)!  The final product will be auctioned off at the Saturday banquet-

    P.S. Youth participants are always welcome at all other conference events, too!  Come to workshops and demos, bring your work to the gallery, jump in to the evening competitions... we look forward to seeing you!





    • May 19, 2017
    • May 20, 2017
    • Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley,CA

    Hard Rock Hammer-In - CBA Event

    DATE: May 19-20, 2017

    LOCATION: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

    THEME: Music and Art in the Gold-Mining Country


    Both days before May 16 - $150
    after May 16 -     $160

    Single day before May 16 - $90
    after May 16   -   $100

    Registration fee includes all meals.

    You must be a CBA member to participate.


    Co chairmen are Denis Murphy and Dan Perkins

    Info contact is Dan Perkins  (530) 575-0619


    Camping:  Available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds $30 dry, $40 full hook-up

    For camping contact the Nevada County Fairgrounds

    530-273-6217 Ext 221

    FLYER: HardRockHammerIn_Flyer.pdf


    World-Class Demonstrators include:

    • Group project by blacksmiths from Mt Forge in Truckee

    Individual Demos by:

    • Eric Clausen Nevada County Local Musician/Blacksmith  

    • Frank Trousil  from Prague

    • Brett Moten of Reno

    • Erin Simmons of Placerville

    • Ian Brooks from England

    • Mark Aspery from Wales

    • John Williams from Sacramento

    Saturday night: 'tri-tip' dinner and Auction
    Bring something for the GALLERY, Auction and IRON-in-HAT

    Friday EVENING group FIRE & MUSIC with YOUR demonstrators playing the music, all to join in.

     But wait there is MORE!!!…

    Arrive a day early May 18th as you are 'all' invited to a swaree in the 'Touchmark Garden'. NOON to Nite Nite.

    Horsdoovers, salads, sodas, 'gin' fizzes PLEASE RSVP & BYOB. See over 300 different plants species and Artist Blacksmith Touchmarks. Visit the small gallery with the PRICELESS 'Freddy R. and the CBA Kids of O'fest' Sculpture on display donated for a year by owners Mary and John Graham. Come Hang out with us!

    Sit • Stay • Chat • Blacksmiths

    STAY an extra day or two and visit Other area attractions: 

    • Empire Mine one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous HARD-ROCK gold mines in North America. Artifacts and living history.

    • North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum, gold mining artifacts, including a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump, the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed. 

    • Malakoff Diggins of the hydraulic mining days filled with Gold rush history.

    • Bridgeport and south Yuba River State Park to actually gold pan, wildflower and bird walks along the mighty river. Walk one of the largest covered bridges.

    • Quaint towns with museums, shops and galleries: Nevada City, Rough and Ready, Camptonville etc. Even Allegheny and Forest City, CA to VISIT the working mine: the Sixteen to One Underground Mine Tour (Full-day trip)

    • May 27, 2017
    • Richmond, CA


    DATE: May 27, 2017

    REGISTRATION FEE: Early registration $100, after April 1 - $150


    Michael Bondi Metal Design
    2801 Giant Road, Bldg 1
    Richmond, CA 94806

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michael Bondi (510) 236-2607,


    Sculpture demonstration with Christoph Friedrich.  He will demonstrate using the large hammers and press.  He will show his techniques, and give a slide presentation on his work and on the restoration of his water powered hammers.

    Manager/owner of the historic water-powered blacksmith workshop in Sennwald, Christoph Friedrich has been a demonstrator at international blacksmithing events in the USA, England, Finland, Germany, Korea and Canada.

    This is a demonstration by Christoph. It will not be a hands-on workshop.


    • August 18, 2017
    • August 20, 2017
    • Felton, CA

    Roaring Camp Hammer-In

    DATE: August 18-20, 2017

    LOCATION: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton CA

    CONTACT:  Frank Golding 831-566-4170


    Ellen Durkan - Wearable Art
    Mike Wood - Sculpture
    Kirk McNeil - Soapstone Holder
    Russell Jones - Letter Opener with Dragon's Head
    Mark Kochan - Teaching Tent
    Chairman is Frank Golding.


    Full Hammer-In - $110 (includes parking)
    Single Day - $65 (includes parking)
    Saturday Night Dinner - $25


    Free tent camping available during the Hammer-In.

    FLYER: For meals, accomodations and directions check out the flyer  RoaringCampHammerIn.pdf


    This is a hands-on workshop, for CBA Members only, of all levels. Bring forge, anvil, and/or tools, if you like. We will have several forging stations available. Safety classes and hearing protection are required. Prepare for warm weather!



    • September 29, 2017
    • October 01, 2017
    • Fritz Hagist’s ranch in Cazadero, CA
    • 180

    Octoberfest 2017

    DATE: Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017

    LOCATION: Fritz Hagist's ranch, 34895 Kruse Ranch Road, Cazadero CA

    REGISTRATION: Online or by mail
    Mail: Make check payable to CBA.
    CBA Secretary Herb Upham
    4747 Vine Hill Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472


    MORE INFORMATION: Coming soon

Appropriate eye protection is required and must be worn during all California Blacksmith Association sponsored workshops and demonstrations, be it as a demonstrator, helper, instructor, observer or participant. By registering or attending such events, you agree that you understand these requirements, that you will bring your personal eye protection to all such events , and that you will wear the eye protection as required.

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